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Would you buy a Metro Blu-ray/DVD playback application?

View Poll Results: Would you buy such a product?

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  • No, DVD playback should be part of Windows.

    22 61.11%
  • No, those prices are too expensive

    5 13.89%
  • Yes I would buy such a product at that price.

    5 13.89%
  • I would pay more so I can play DVDs and BDs

    1 2.78%
  • I would rather have more features.

    3 8.33%
  1. #11

    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1

    I guess that's a pretty good point. Once the disk starts playing in fullscreen it doesn't really matter much if it's metro or on the desktop.

    What is the best bluray playback program? Mostly I'm looking for something that does the job well, but without a garish/complicated user interface. It would be nice if it blends into Metro.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux

    It really depends if you want to pay and if not, how much work you're prepared to put in to make things work. Virtually any decent media player can be made to play almost anything, with the right decoders, but it's not always easy to configure.

    For paid solutions:
    ArcSoft TotalMedia
    PowerDVD 12

    For free solutions:
    MEDIAPORTAL are working on something, not sure of the status
    VLC has some support
    XBMC has some support

    There are others...
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  3. #13

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there

    Blu Ray was invented too late for it to be anything useful -- any decent upscaling player will give you almost as good quality on a "Bog standard" DVD as a Blue Ray - especially on fairly normal size TV screens.

    Unless you have a huge 80 inch screen TV - usually only "Real Chav's" can afford those monsters - making your front room look something like a Hotel Lobby you won't see a huge amount of difference and the standard DVD is cheaper and less of a hassle to play anyway.

    Even if I BUY a DVD -- rarely these days--- I just use AnyDVD to create an ISO of it and store on an external HDD.
    W8 MOUNTS iso's so playing the DVD from an ISO on HDD is fine. I then GIVE away the DVD (probably that's ILLEGAL now I suppose too -- to give a DVD away to say your local library or other charity place). VLC player plays the mounted ISO just fine.

    If I want to watch the DVD on a remote TV I just stream the video. No more mucking about with physical media. Don't even need a "Classical DVD player" any more.

    If I need to record a TV program the sky box will do it just fine.

    (On W7 daemon tools or alcohol 52% -- both free -- will do the same job of mounting an ISO).

    I only an external DVD reader / writer these days and that's rarely used. Software I get from the Internet (legally !!).

    I use the DVD slot space on my desktop for an SSD drive.

    DVD's and CD's will soon go the way of the floppy disk. I'm amazed that Car Radios still come with CD slots -- surely you would just plug in a music player to an AUX jack on the radio.

    So a NO vote on Blu Ray for me.

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  4. #14

    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux

    I guess if one buys a DVD or Blu-Ray simply to watch the movie, then to some extent, I agree. However, if one collects movies, having the physical media, along with all the goddies that entails, makes the disks a valuable commodity.
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  5. #15

    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Blu Ray was invented too late for it to be anything useful -- any decent upscaling player will give you almost as good quality on a "Bog standard" DVD as a Blue Ray - especially on fairly normal size TV screens.
    Have to disagree on this one. On a 32" widescreen tv or 22" computer monitor, I can easily and immediately tell the great differences between 1080 and 480. Most DVDs have block noise in them right from the start while most Blu-Rays do not. Upscaling block noise doesn't do anything to help that, but can actually hurt.

    Even x.264 files from YouTube or even rips of Blu-Ray are worlds better.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1
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  7. #17

    I agree Blu-ray looks much better than standard DVD's, though they do take up much more space on a hard drive.

    As far as playing a Blu-Ray on my PC, the only thing that cost money would be an actual Blu-Ray drive which I still don't have for this PC. It was 200 bucks for a Blu-Ray burner/drive last time I looked but they come standard on many laptops these days. I have a Blu-Ray player that connects to my media PC using HDMI.

    I don't see why an App would be any better for playing Blu-Ray disks compared to just standard software. I'd choose a disk over streaming any day but that's just me.
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  8. #18

    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1

    I have been thinking about actually building this. I haven't actually done a whole lot of coding, but theoretically I should be able to use VLC's libdvdcss, libbluray, libaacs in a basic application designed only for disc playback.
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  9. #19

    Posts : 5,357
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    It might depend where you live.
    I believe VLC can do that because they are in Europe ( France , in fact )
    In don't know the precise details - but you might want to check that out if you are in the US.
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  10. #20

    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail

    I don't get this thread. I have Win8 cp, and all I do is stick a DVD movie in, and I get New Line Cinema player. I installed this player yonks ago back when I installed the DVD drive onto this PC, So I can only assume the player is built into the ROM of the drive, and my default music player works fine for CDs out of the box. So what am I missing here?
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