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?
You can play Blu Ray dics in Media Center if you have the latest version of either of these two programs:
Neither will allow you to play the disc from your computer through a media extender though. I came across this idiocy when trying to play Blu Rays or even regular DVDs through my Xbox 360 from my computer sitting 3 feet away. You have to have your TV directly connected to the computer AND you MUST have an HDCP capable monitor.
I find it much easier/simpler to rip any discs I have and reencode them into H.264. To do that: (Note: DVDFab ripper is free, AnyDVD has unlimited 30-day trial, MakeMKV is free & Handbrake is free)
- Download DVDFab or AnyDVD (there are a few others out there as well.
- Rip either the Main Movie or the entire disc to your hard drive.
- Use MakeMKV to create a file that Handbrake understands
- Use Handbrake to reencode the movie to H.264 (btw, check the Large File Size box so that the Blu Rays can take as much space as they need.)
According to the following URLs, it only plays ripped video and not the disc directly. You still need something like PowerDVD to play discs.