How can I easily and reliably play Blu-Ray discs now and in the future? I have a HTPC, but the software bundled with the blu-ray drive is old, and a new version is around the sales price ofr a decent-looking stand-alone blu-ray player.
I built a Windows 7 Home Theater PC, and bought a blu-ray drive that came with PowerDVD 8. PDVD works for some older blu-ray discs, but I was informed I needed to download updates to play newer discs. I download some updates, try again, no luck. I reboot, try re-downloading updates, reboot again, no luck. Always back to the same message: download an update.
PDVD is up to version 12, and it's $125 for the ultimate edition, now on sale for $85. The pro version is $80, but I don't know if I'll want to play content with DTCP
-IP, which is only available in the ultimate edition. This isn't the only commercial blu-ray player software
, but commercial programs run $50-$100, while I've seen stand-alone players for around $50. Instead of booting up my HTPC, I could just turn on the player and pop in a disc, which sounds appealing, especially if it's the same price as software which might get outdated again.
I have tried using Media Player Classic - Home Cinema
, with no luck on playing Brave
with either program. A few more programs are listed on Wikipedia
, but I thought MeFites might have more insight on the reliability of these programs. If I can get any of these programs freeware to work, awesome. But I would like something reliable for the long-term. Thanks!