With the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft made the decision to remove DVD playback, and forego the inclusion of Blu-ray playback. While earlier versions of Windows included a free, built-in DVD player, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have no such functionality. It can still read data DVDs, but if you want to play that copy of Rocky IV you got for $2 on clearance at Target, you’re out of luck.
There is a very simple reason for this: The codecs required to play DVDs and Blu-rays — primarily MPEG-2/4 for video and Dolby Digital for audio — cost money. For every copy of Windows 7 sold, Microsoft has to pay MPEG-LA (a patent-holding consortium) $2. Microsoft doesn’t give the exact figure for a Dolby Digital license, but it’s probably in the same ballpark. This cost is passed on to the consumer, whether you play DVDs or not. For Windows 8, with streaming services taking hold and optical drives dying out, Microsoft basically decided that it wasn’t worth paying for the codecs.
Therefore, as a Blu ray movie fans, you will be frustrated at playing the Blu-ray disc Movies on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. And following are the same issues someone happened.
“Ok there has got to be some solution for a free windows 8 blu ray player. I tried to do the VLC solution but it crashes as soon as I try playing an encrypted disk. Anyone have any suggestions on this? “
“I have a Y580 with a bluray drive, and just installed Windows 8, and now I’m trying to find the bluray software that lenovo provides. Can anyone point me in the right direction?”
In order to play Blu-ray movie on Windows 8, i googled and searched, tried many ways but failed, but fortunately i found this solution on a forum. First, we need prepare the following things before playing Blu-ray on Windows 8.
1) A Windows 8 computer
2) A Blu-ray drive (USB should be above 2.0)
3) UFUWare Windows 8 Blu-ray Player
UFUWare Windows 8 Blu-ray Player is current the best, cheapest and most professional Blu-ray playing software working on Windows 8.1 Blue/8/7/Vista/XP, which is capable of playing various kinds of Blu-ray discs/ folders/ISO image files, 1080P HD videos and other popular video/audio formats, including MKV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, MP4, MP3 etc.
4) A Blu-ray Disc
5) Network connection
Steps to play Blu-ray Disc on Windows 8 pc or laptop.
Step 1: Connect your computer with an external Blu-ray drive via USB interface if it doesn’t have one.
Step 2: Download UFUWare Blu-ray Player for Windows 8 and install it on your computer.
Step 3: Get Windows 8 play Blu-ray.
1) Run the Blu-ray Player for Windows 8;
2) Insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray drive;
3) The blu-ray player software can automatically play the Blu-ray movie when the disc is inserted. You can also click the right bottom icon and select Open Disc to open the disc manually. You can also choose Open File to play Blu-ray folders or ISO files.
Just in the above steps, you can get your Windows 8 play Blu-ray successfully. Free download one and have a try.
1. “UFUWare Blu-ray Player is simple, smooth and clear. It is one of the easiest blu-ray players that I have worked with. Excellent software.” – Logan
2.”Tested out everything I could see on the player. also did quick skipping around the blu-ray movie on my windows 8 pc and it was very fast to catch up. Great player!” – Richard
3.”i have tried several freeware software and demo but none never worked with Blu-ray on Windows 8 because it’s a new technology and if it works there bugs but UFUWare Windows 8 Blu-ray player worked perfectly” – Fachry
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