Blu-ray is an optical disk storage device capable of holding 25GB of information (or 50GB for dual layer discs), designed to replace the DVD format.

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Use external DVD player with computer to play movies

I have a Sony BDP-S5200 Blu Ray player. It works fine with TVs, but I would like to connect it to my computer and watch movies using my computer monitor and speakers. Is that possible? The player has ...
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Can't get LG BH16NS40 to play Blu-Ray

I have an LG BH16NS40 internal DVD/Blu-Ray player, but I cannot get it to play Blu-Rays. It came with some "CyberLink" software but I uninstalled it because it was really obnoxious, running all the ...
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Playing Blu-Ray discs on an Acer Aspire laptop

I bought this (otherwise very nice) laptop around 3 years ago, but Blu-Ray never worked on it. (Even though it was promoted as Blu-Ray compatible with stickers on it and what not.) ‎ Acer/Windows ...
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LG DVD Player not able to see Nero Media Home 4

I'm stumped with a DVD Player/PC Issue. Here's the problem. I bought an LG Blu Ray DVD Player and want to connect to my computer to stream videos/music/pictures. The BLU Ray player came with Nero ...
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Toshiba Blu-ray Disk Player no longer works after upgrading to Windows 8

I have a Toshiba computer, with a built in Blu-Ray drive. The system came with Windows 7, but I have updated it to Windows 8. The computer came with Toshiba Blu-ray Disk Player installed to play ...
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BD-ROM Drive suddenly appeared in My Computer

Today I noticed that a "BD-ROM Drive" appears in My Computer. I do not remember installing anything that would've done that. What could've caused this?
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Can an external Blu-Ray device be used with a Mac?

You can't buy a mac with a blu-ray device in it, but there are external USB blu-ray recorders and readers available. Is it possible to use (Backup files to BD-R discs and watch blu-ray movies) an ...
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Can I play Blu-ray movies from an external drive?

I have a media center behind my TV and a DVD drive in an external enclosure (connected via USB) where I can reach it. I'd like to put a Blu-ray drive in there instead, but I'm concerned that it won't ...
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Mkv files random stops playing on my blu-ray player, Why?

I am a holder of LG BD390 Blu-ray player...it has always worked well but lately is giving me problems with reading mkv files from external hard drive. Let me explain... Lately I've noticed that ...
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Does the sunlight destroy the Optical Disks data?

I was reading this question about destroying safety data from CD's and I was about to recommend in a comment to use this laser in form of a lighter that is >2000 times more powerful than the sun in ...
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Are Blu-Ray recordable disks reliable and cost-effective for backups and data storage?

I'm considering moving from DVD-Rs to Blu-Ray Recordable disks to backup my data. I don't have any experience with BD-Rs as of yet, though, and I wonder if it's worth it or I should wait another year ...
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Sony BDP-S7200 will randomly stretch out USB videos

I got the Sony BDP-S7200 bluray player to upgrade from a BDP-S3200 which played USB files perfectly. Now, despite the great looks and the zippy performance of the 7200, it's got a strange issue. ...
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Windows 8 will only recognize the Blu-Ray drive, if the Windows 8 disc is present at boot time

If I have the install disc in the Blu-Ray ROM drive at boot time and subsequently remove the disc and replace it with Blu-Ray media, everything functions as I’d expect. However, if I have no media ...
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How do I backup DVDs and Blu-rays to my Mac?

I have begun to backup my DVDs and Blu-rays to my Mac using a combination of MakeMKV and Handbrake. I've noticed that this doesn't actually make a backup of the discs, but just creates an mkv file for ...
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Why does my laptop Bluray drive not read any discs?

No disc put into my drive will read. If I double-click in My Computer it ejects and asks me to insert a disc. CD, DVD, Bluray, video, audio, or data. Same results. I have an Asus N35SV laptop with ...
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Bluray Drives: 2x vs 4x vs 6x vs 8x read/write speed comparison

I couldn't find a duplicate question, but I was wondering what the differences are between different read/write speeds for Bluray drive. I'm planning on buying one for a build but don't know if I can ...
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burning a Blu-Ray with Silicon Empire

I've been trying to burn a Blu-Ray disk from an .ISO. The .ISO was created by Nautilus (CD/DVD Creator). Since Brasero and K3B seem not to be able to burn a Blu-Ray on my system, I've installed ...
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Trying to boot on Windows 7 install disk in external Blu Ray drive on Mac

I am working from a Macbook Pro 15" Early 2011, with a Memorex Blu Ray and DVD RW drive, plugged in via USB, trying to boot up Windows 7 Home Edition. When I hold down option on boot, I see Windows ...
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Handbrake Not Recognizing Audio Track

I'm working on re-encoding some MKVs into Ipod format so my brother can watch movies on vacation, and I'm running into a problem with Handbrake I've never seen before. I have a MKV of a Blu-Ray I ...
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Difference between a drive and a player?

I'd like to be able to rip Blu Ray discs to my computer, but Bly Ray drives are pretty expensive. What's the difference between a computer drive and a player that connects to a TV that makes the drive ...
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Blu-Ray multisession overhead?

On so many places I have seen people saying that burning a single-session disc-at-once is more (storage) efficient than burning multiple sessions. Question is: how big this overhead is for blu-ray ...
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MKV video suddenly stops playing after random time - what could this be?

I have this HP USB drive (16GB, NTFS formatted) that has, a MKV video. The USB is always detectable, so is the MKV, but when I connect that USB drive with that MKV video on my HT-C5530 home cinema ...
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Are there any free Windows based BluRay players out there? [closed]

I have a BluRay drive in my PC, and I'm wondering what the cheapest way to actually get it to play a movie is (I didn't expect this to be trouble). I'm using Windows 7. I installed CyberLink PowerDVD ...
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Unable to play bluray movies or see bluray discs

I have a Optiarc BD ROM BC-5500S ATA Device and when I put bluray discs into the drive the computer doesn't read them. I hear the drive make 3 noises as if it's trying to read them. Nothing shows up ...
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Can VLC play Blu-ray films?

I just tried to play a Blu-ray disc and VLC says Your input can't be opened: VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd://E:\'. Check the log for details. I have a disc in the drive! Will it not play ...
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How can I stream blu ray using Plex?

I'm looking at different HTPC solutions, and the name Plex keeps coming up. It has most of what I'm looking for, except I can't find a definite answer on whether or not it's possible to stream a ...
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How can I sync audio from an mp3 audio track and Blu-ray video?

I have a Blu-ray source of a English movie, and I have bought a local language dubbed version of the same movie but it is VCD quality. I want to show the movie in Blu-ray definition to my friends but ...
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Can an optical drive be damaged by inserting a disc it can not handle?

Is there any chance I can damage a DVD drive by inserting a Blu-Ray disc into it? Can I damage a CD drive by inserting a DVD or Blu-Ray disc into it? Also, can a disc drive damage a disc it can't ...
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Finalizing BD Disc with Roxio Creator NXT

Every time I try to finalize a BD-R with Roxio Creator NXT, it will not let me. It tells me that the disc is appendable. Do BD-R's not need to be finalized?
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Blu-ray software options for Mac OS X?

Ok, so Apple has not official supported Blu-ray playback in Mac OS X yet. Has anyone developed any Blu-ray playback software for Mac OS X? I have seen Toast and a few others that are able to write ...
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How can I play Blu-Ray movies on a PC upgraded to Windows 8?

How can I play Blu-Ray movies via Windows Media Centre on Windows 8? If I choose the "play dvd" option, I get an error: Cannot Play Disc To play this DVD, you must first install a playback ...
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How do I play bluray files using VLC on windows 8 64-bit?

I have just rented a Blu-ray disc and am trying to play it on my laptop. I used to use Power DVD 8 but for some reason this stopped working with the latest updates so I thought I'd try VLC, as it ...
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How does a Blu-ray player know where I stopped a movie? [closed]

I played a Blu-ray movie disk the other night on the Blu-ray player in my basement. I stopped the movie about halfway through the end credits. A few days later when I put the disk in my living room ...
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Mounted a Bluray drive in VirtualBox. Now linux doesn't see the drive anymore

I mounted my BluRay-drive in VirtualBox under linux to use AnyDVD on a virtual windows machine. To make AnyDVD recognize the drive I set the drive to "Passthrough". Thing went wrong and I had to kill ...
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Internal Blu-Ray drive not recognized

This only just started happening yesterday, but when I put a BD disk into the drive and tried to do anything with it (just right clicking on the BD drive in Windows explorer), Windows explorer would ...
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How to mount PS3 Blu-ray discs on Windows 7 (or any OS/Blu-ray drive)?

I have a BD-drive (Blu-ray disc drive) and I would like to mount the filesystem used by the disc, however, nothing happens when inserted. My BD-drive doesn't even report that anything's there, from ...
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SATA Blu-Ray drive not detected via USB adapter

I'm using an SATA blu-ray drive (Lite-On IHOS104), connected via a USB adapter to my Windows 7 (32-bit) notebook. The first time I plugged the adapter in, it worked perfectly. The drive appeared in ...
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Can Blu Ray Videos be Played on a Computer that Has no Blu Ray Player?

Can a blu ray disk image be virtually mounted to play a blue ray movie (like ISO images can)? If so then using what software? I just want to know for sure before I delicate my slow connection to ...
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External Blu-ray DVD drive causes internet connectivity issues

I am using a external Blu-ray DVD drive through a USB3.0-to-eSATA adapter. But whenever I connect the Blu-ray, I cannot connect to the internet thru wifi. If I remove it, I get wifi internet ...
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Is there an easy way to read Blu-ray discs on Windows?

Some time ago, I bought my parents a computer dedicated to media (mostly photographs and movies through DLNA). My father asked me if he could read Blu-ray discs on it, so I bought a Blu-ray reader, ...
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Installed Blu Ray drive, now regular DVD drive is messed up

I installed an LG Blu Ray drive. This drive only works reliably with the software with which it came ("CyberLink Mediasuite / PowerDVD"). Using, say WinDVD, results in wierd errors. My real problem ...
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Autoplay Bluray with VLC

VLC can support Bluray playback after installing two small files in the right directories. However, when you insert a bluray disc, you can't right click and play with VLC. You have to launch VLC, ...
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Convert Blu-ray movie to DVD quality [closed]

I have a 30GB .mp4 file (personal full HD movie) which I want to convert to a DVD quality (4.7GB) movie. What is the best way/tool to do that?
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Windows 8.1 upgraded from Windows 7 can't recognize DVD/Blu-ray media

I have a Vaio F series laptop with a Pioneer Blu-ray internal drive running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. After upgrading to Windows 8.1 the Blu-ray drive cannot recognize any DVD or Blu-ray media. On ...
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Why is Blu-Ray File Read Speed (Data Transfer) slower than Write Speed?

I burnt a full Blu-ray disc (25GB) at 8x speed. It took some 20 or so minutes, but when I try to copy it back to my computer to verify the contents via Windows explorer, it takes over 2 hours and says ...
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What is the lifespan of DVD and Blu-ray discs?

Given that they are protected from light, humidity and excessive heat & cold, what is the lifespan range of DVD and Blu-ray discs?
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Whats the easiest way to make a multi-boot UEFI Windows/Linux/Mac (Universal) DVD/BD?

I can find tons of programs to make such USBs, but some computers I work with (Like an older netbook) Wont boot specific OS's from USB. But I want to fill up a BD rom disc with various forms of ...
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Can I use a DLNA BluRay player as an external BD drive for my Windows 7 laptop?

I have a DLNA enabled Samsung BluRay player. It is connected to my home network and I am able to stream media from my Win 7 computer to the TV via the player. However, I'd like to use this player as ...
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Blu-ray Windows Media Player

I would like to play Blu-ray disc that I purchased on my Windows 7 computer, using Windows Media Player. I would prefer a method to make this happen with Windows Media Player and not another program ...
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Blu Ray Stutter on Windows 8

When watching Blu-Ray films, every few minutes there will be a short stutter lasting about a second wherein the picture freezes before resynchronising with the audio. Sometimes this will happen every ...