Free Blu-Ray playback software?

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/Blu-ray Technology' started by spirit, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. spirit

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    Anybody here know of any free Blu-Ray playback software? My Samsung Blu-Ray ROM drive came bundled with CyberLink PowerDVD 9, however this software does not appear to be able to play Blu-Rays under Windows 8 (I've tried reinstalling it with different compatibility settings and each time when I try to play a Blu-ray it says 'The Integrity of PowerDVD is under threat' or something like that).

    I've tried VLC but that didn't work either and I've been searching on the internet for a free Blu-Ray player which will work on Windows 8, but so far I haven't found anything.

    I have downloaded the 30 day trial of PowerDVD 12 which does seem to be able to play Blu-Rays on Windows 8. I will buy it should it be the only thing I can find which will work because it is only £30 or so for the Standard version, but I was wondering if anybody here knew of any freeware I could use.

    Thanks!
     
  2. turbodiesel

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    i dont think you need software i think you just need codecs so you can play it in windows media player

    correct me if im wrong because i have no idea i am just guessing
     
  3. spirit

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    Had a quick look and I can't really find anything.

    I think I'll just buy PowerDVD 12 Standard for £32 - not too big a deal. I might try to get 9 working just a few more times though.
     
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  5. spirit

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    I will give it a try thanks Wolfe!
     
  6. Shane

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  7. spirit

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    Thanks for the link Nev, I'm sure it works great but I bought PowerDVD a week ago. ;)
     
  8. CrazyMike

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    I have Powerlink DVD on my laptop. Now for some reason it wouldn't allow me to play the latest blue ray (software is about 2 years old). Told me I had to upgrade my version in which costs money.

    Any idea on this?

    EDIT: Before you asked, yes i tried updating the version i have, still happened.
     
  9. spirit

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    Yeah CyberLink drop support for older releases of PowerDVD and when they drop support for them, you can't play the latest Blu-Rays with the older software.

    I suspect you have version 9 or 10 which I don't think are supported anymore and thus can't play the latest Blu-Rays. The only solution is to upgrade to 12 I think.
     
  10. Shane

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    Thats pretty poor imo. :eek:
     
  11. spirit

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    I know. :/ They tend to drop support every 2 or 3 versions or so.
     
  12. FuryRosewood

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    You cant patch software forever, eventually stuff needs to die.
     
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  14. spirit

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    Problem was solved a while ago - bought PowerDVD 12.

    Thanks guys.
     
  15. CrazyMike

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    How much did you pay? Was it on a sale?
     
  16. AntimatterAsh

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    I am surprised with 8, they didn't include some sort of BR playing codec in Media Player or something (or do they?:confused:)
     
  17. spirit

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    8 doesn't have half the codecs 7 does. For example, you can't play DVDs in Media Player out of the box with 8 but you can with 7. I think the lack of the codecs is one of the reasons why Windows 8 is cheaper than 7.
     

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