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Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

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    william.hooper@gmail.com Guest

    Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    I have a sony laptop and it plays dvd's in WinDVD. All the play
    options are greyed out in Windows Media player. If I uninstall WinDVD
    can I play blue ray discs in WMP? Would I need drivers? If so, who
    sells them?


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    Dustin Harper Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    As long as you have the correct CODEC, sure. Not out of the box, stock
    Vista.

    PowerDVD Ultra supports HD-DVD and Blu-Ray:
    http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/produ...n_112_ENU.html

    EXPENSIVE, though: $99.95. I'm sure there may be some other software out
    there, or in development.

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    Martin Vaupell Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    you need 2 things for that

    - A Blue ray Drive (buyable / installable if not allready installed.)
    - A Blue ray Codec (proberly gonna be downloadable soon if not allready)

    So basicly yes.

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    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    Just a suggestion, instead of trying to play a blue ray or any HQ DVD
    through your computer directly, much better to have a better quality
    computer monitor that has multiple inputs like the Dell Ultra Sharp
    series wide screen models, (1920 x 1200) resolution and just plug into
    it's input, assuming you get/have a set top DVD player. There is a
    series of buttons on these Dell monitors that easily switch between
    the input from your PC to a DVD player or some other analog or digital
    source. Works great for me. You can even do split screen. It just
    makes no sense to pay through the nose for a computer based blue ray,
    fight with codecs and driver issues, then watch your system crawl
    under the load likely resulting in out of sync audio and dropped
    frames, even on upper end systems with tons of memory and a very fast
    CPU. Better to just totally bypass the computer, unless you plan on
    making your own blue ray discs. For that you need very deep pockets,
    true HD DVD Authoring software STARTS at around $9K.

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    william.hooper@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    Having spent a while looking, I believe the answer is:
    Windows Media Player only supports HD DVD. Even then you need a
    special graphics chipset to play protected HD DVD discs. The only
    machine in the world playing Blue Ray discs is the Sony VGN AR31S on a
    custom build of WinDvd. Even if you go out and buy a blue ray disc
    player for your desktop you will currently have no way to play
    protected content.


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    Martin Vaupell Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    Conclusion Sony screws costumers (sony fanboys) once again
    Thank god i dont support sony. (directly or intentionly, i know i do
    indirectly.)

    oh well..

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    Alpha Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?


    For that you need very deep pockets,
    > true HD DVD Authoring software STARTS at around $9K.
    >


    Completely false. Ulead's MovieFactory ($49) authors both Blu Ray and HD
    DVD.




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    Adam Albright Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    .......

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  9. #9


    vernon Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    They are still angry about getting aced out with VHS.

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  10. #10


    william.hooper@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Can i play blue ray dvd's in windows media player?

    I tried that PowerDVD trial but it didn't play blue ray. Maybe the
    full version does but I like to try before I buy. Shame


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