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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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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How do I make my Blu-ray / DVD / HD-DVD drive multi-region?

I have a combined DVD / HD-DVD / Blu-ray drive on my machine (yeah, I'm very much the big man) which is all great and everything. However, I've got quite a few region 1 DVDs that it won't play. I ...
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Blu ray 3d playback support player for movies on windows

Is there any free windows software that has Blu-ray 3D playback.
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Covenience/Cost/Life expectancy of storage media

I may decide to pick up the battle of advocating for the use of external hard drives instead of Blu-ray discs for data backup. External hard drive: I can get a commercial (consumer) 1TB hard drive ...
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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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How can I create a standard Blu-Ray video (not data) disc from multiple MKVs?

I have multiple video files in the MKV format. I want to turn these into a Blu-Ray disc that would play on a PS3 or PC with PowerDVD. The easier the better; I don't want to mess with bitrate and ...
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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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Blu-Ray Disc Media Player Required For Windows 7 [closed]

I need a Blu-Ray Disc Media Player for Windows 7. My drive is capable of reading these discs,but I Don't have the required software. Recommendations?
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How can I copy files from a scratched CD/DVD?

I have so far tried the following software solutions without success. Windows Explorer Copy (default) TeraCopy Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier Unstoppable Copier stops copying as a whole, it keeps ...
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Where is Blu-Ray on Linux

I'm considering picking up a Blu-ray drive for a PC that will be used as my home entertainment center, but ideally, I'd like to keep a Linux based OS. Are there currently any players in the Linux ...
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windvd aacs keys update dosn't work

A relative has a viao htpc, which has blue ray. The player I believe is a viao branded version of windvd with blue ray support. Every time it loads it asks if it should update the aacs keys as they ...
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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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Replacing laptop optical drive (DVD, blu-ray) - what do I need to know?

Are laptop optical drives always compatible? Do they come in different physical sizes? Are there any specs I need to match on the new drive, such as whether it has SATA? If so, how would I find ...
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Does the drive Windows 7 calls “BD-ROM” really support Blu-Ray?

I have a drive in my machine that Windows 7 lists as a BD-ROM drive. In fact, it lists it twice, along with another DVD-RW drive, when in fact I only have one physical optical drive on my machine. ...
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Minimum hardware spec for playing Blu-ray disks

What is the minimum hardware spec for running Blu-ray disks, and uncompressed 1080p video?
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How do I watch 1080p video on this setup computer without lagg?

My hardware: CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4GHz RAM: 4GB GPU: Radeon HD5750 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Codecs: K-lite codec pack default install I'm trying to watch a 1080p bluray movie backup ...
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Better approach to archiving large amounts of original video footage using optical media (DVD/Blu-ray)?

This question is to share my experience as well as ask for suggestions for better methods. Along with 2 friends, I completed the making of a short documentary film in 2006. Clip is at: ...
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How do I burn FullHD movie in linux so it can be played in blueray player?

I have prepared a wedding slideshow movie with Imagination. I have successfully created a PAL 720x578 DVD with menus and so on with DVDauthor (with help of Bombono DVD) and I have nice disk playable ...
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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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Watch movies off external USB blu-ray drive

If I buy an external Blu-Ray drive, is it possible to watch blu ray movies via the drive? How much bandwidth does a connection need to stream a high-definition movie (like a blu ray movie)?
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is there a simple tool to determine if my combo of video card and TV is HDCP compatible?

I'm using Arcsoft TMT3 to play Blurays. It's been playing fine for a few years but all of a sudden TMT3 says that my system isn't HDCP compatible. No changes to anything in the system -- possibly a ...
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What's the ffmpeg command to extract WAV from mpegts pcm-bluray audio?

So I've tried but I can't seem to find the right ffmpeg options to extract the pcm_bluray audio from a mpegts and output a WAV. Here's ffmpeg's info on the source file: Input #0, mpegts, from ...
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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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Play Blu-rays using Media Player Classic, I have PowerDVD10

So my laptop came with a copy of PowerDVD10 but I would prefer to use Media Player Classic (v1.5.3.3819). I had read somewhere you can make it use PowerDVDs codecs but I have no idea how to set this ...
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HD movies stutter

I just put together a new system build in the hopes that all of my daily tasks would run smoothly and without any hiccups. Unfortunately I am still seeing some sound and sometimes video stuttering ...
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Windows 7 Media Center alternatives with Blu Ray Support

I can't believe Win7 doesn't have Blu-Ray support yet. Having plugins open in the background breaks the 10Ft experience. PowerDVD (came with blu-ray player) is unusable from the couch. Are there any ...
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HP PDX Laptop and blu-ray region on HP MediaSmart

I have a laptop here, a HP HDX 16 EO1000 with a Blu-Ray drive. Installed on the machine is a software package called HP MediaSmart, which presumably can play Blu-Ray movies. However, when inserting ...
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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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Choppy Bluray playback on my PC

I own a copy of Cyberlink PowerDVD 9 Ultra, but to my dismay, my new copy of The French Connection plays really jerkily. I'm guessing it's something to do with the bitrate as scenes always play back ...
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Does Windows Media Center (7 Ultimate x64) support BluRay?

Just put together a Windows Media Center PC running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit. I want to add an optical drive, so I wonder if WMC supports BluRay disc playback?
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How to play MKV with Bluray Subtitles (PGS) on a PC?

How to play MKV with Bluray Subtitles (PGS) on a PC?
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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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Blu-Ray on Windows 7 HTPC

I have configured an HTPC with the following components: Motherboard: Intel DG45ID CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 Graphics: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (using HDMI) RAM: 8 GB ...
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PC BluRay - Multichannel HD Audio output

When playing a BluRay movie on a PC (any OS, Mac/Win/Linux), I have some questions about audio output: When playing a BluRay disc on the PC using a BluRay player program, can it decode the ...
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growisofs warnings when writing to Blu-ray Dual Layer discs

I'm archiving my media collection onto BD-R Dual Layer discs but keep getting the following IO errors at the end of the writing process (usually > 95% complete) : :-[ WRITE@LBA=168e800h failed with ...
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How can I play blu-rays on an external monitor connected through a VGA output? (worried about HDCP)

Sorry if this is an obvious question, I can't find the answer. My laptop only has the older VGA out (no HDMI or DVI). I'm considering getting a bluray drive for it, but I've heard HDCP might cause ...
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HDMI connection does not support HDCP

My problem: error message when playing blu-ray movies stating that the HDCP encryption could not be established. My setup: A new projector (EPSON EMP TW700) with a HDCP-compliant HDMI port a PC ...
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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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Do all Blu-Ray writers write dual layer discs?

I would like to buy a BR writer. My question is simple: do all the models write BD-R DL or do I have to pay attention like for DVD burners? All the products, from all brands, I found so far on some ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How to rip Blu-Ray discs using open source software

How can one rip Blu-Rays that he or she owns via AnyDVD as the decoder? Open source would be prefer but not require. H.264 video codec is preferred. Current Software: AnyDVD HD & Handbrake ...
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Can Linux play HDMI 1.4a 3D stereoscopic content?

I'm aware that there are no Bluray players for Linux but I'm wondering if it's possible to play Full 3D HD (1080p, Side-By-Side) MKV files (or Bluray BDMV folders, etc). Full 3D HD files are actually ...
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GPU/CPU for 3D Blu-ray playback

I'm struggling to find good information on what hardware I need to get stutter free 3D Blu-ray playback on my PC. Do I need to get a graphics card that supports 3D Blu-ray hardware acceleration? If ...
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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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Free software for viewing blurays

When viewing movies on my PC, VLC is my software of choice. Unfortunately, it does not read blurays. I know the two big names are WinDVd and PowerDVD, but is there a free alternative for viewing ...
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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 ...