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mguertin Jul 7th, 2011 12:07 PM

Blu-ray playback comes to OSX
 
But not from Apple, a third party app.

Blu-ray playback comes to OS X, but not from Apple | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Anyone with a blu-ray drive try this yet? I'm very curious as to how well it works but not curious enough to buy a drive to test it with ;)

i-rui Jul 7th, 2011 02:16 PM

if you read the comments people are saying it's just a wrapper for VLC.

It'd be nice if apple got their head out of their a** and supported BR natively.

MannyP Design Jul 7th, 2011 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by i-rui (Post 1110127)
if you read the comments people are saying it's just a wrapper for vlc.

It'd be nice if apple got their head out of their a** and supported br natively.

+1

I send them a note every other month about their lack of BR support. If more people did it regularly, I think Apple just might get that stick removed as well. ;)

mguertin Jul 7th, 2011 03:47 PM

I doubt Apple will ever offer native BR support as it's a competing format to something they offer (downloads). Sad but true.

I read the comments about it being a VLC wrapper after I posted this link ... but afaik VLC still doesn't have BR support on OSX unless I've missed something. If it does, has anyone with a BR drive tried it yet? I'd be willing to pick myself up an external BR drive for my home theatre setup if I knew it would work.

monokitty Jul 7th, 2011 04:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mguertin (Post 1110153)
I doubt Apple will ever offer native BR support as it's a competing format to something they offer (downloads). Sad but true.

This. However, if VLC player works with an external Blu-ray drives to play back BR movies properly and reliably, then it's not a huge deal IMO.

MannyP Design Jul 7th, 2011 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mguertin (Post 1110153)
I doubt Apple will ever offer native BR support as it's a competing format to something they offer (downloads). Sad but true.

Which is silly because they can't compete with Blu-Ray -- in price, quantity, nor quality. The average price for an iTunes HD movie (if it's even available, let alone available to buy) is approximate to the cost of a Blu-Ray copy with the a digital copy.

Today I picked up The Professional on Blu-Ray… you can't even get it on iTunes in HD. And it was the same price as their SD version: $10. Blade Runner is $15 on iTunes, which is also SD only. Also bought it on Blu-Ray today for $10. Both brand new -- not previously viewed.

monokitty Jul 7th, 2011 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MannyP Design (Post 1110175)
... is approximate to the cost of a Blu-Ray copy with the a digital copy.

Unfortunately, not nearly all blu-ray titles include a digital copy for us who desire one (no blu-ray player, for example). Hopefully to change with time. I know some titles do, but not nearly all.

CubaMark Jul 7th, 2011 05:35 PM

This article (via Mac.Blorge) states that the software is DRM-laden, has to talk to its servers to authorize playback, and infers that this might be a bit of a problem if, say, you're on a cross-country train trip or on a plane with no WiFi.

broad Jul 7th, 2011 05:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CubaMark (Post 1110186)
This article (via Mac.Blorge) states that the software is DRM-laden, has to talk to its servers to authorize playback, and infers that this might be a bit of a problem if, say, you're on a cross-country train trip or on a plane with no WiFi.

lol. so instead of being able to watch a disc they purchased legally people will just stick with downloading HD bluray rips from the torrent sites that they can watch anytime, anywhere

sometimes i think they want to fail..

fjnmusic Jul 7th, 2011 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CubaMark (Post 1110186)
This article (via Mac.Blorge) states that the software is DRM-laden, has to talk to its servers to authorize playback, and infers that this might be a bit of a problem if, say, you're on a cross-country train trip or on a plane with no WiFi.

Perhaps that's why Blu-ray has been described as a bag of hurt. I think the future lies in downloads anyway.


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