Can I play Blu-ray DVD player on my Laptop computer? What else is needed

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Can I play Blu-ray disc as Star Wars in my DVD player to the computer?”  by Susan White.

The short answer to your question is that you can not play a Blu-ray support on your DVD player to the computer if the DVD drive is a Blu-ray player. If a standard DVD player supported Blu-ray read our entertainment options would be much easier. Instead of special hardware is required for Blu-ray discs. Think about the jump from DVD to Blu-ray as something similar to the jump from a standard CD DVD. A DVD player can usually play a CD, but a CD player can not play a DVD. Blu-ray has a similar problem. For playback on your computer, there are additional challenges beyond just having the right equipment.

Additional requirements for watching Blu-ray movies

In addition to the need for a Blu-ray drive connected to your computer, you also need several additional features before watching a Blu-ray movie.

HDCP is required for both the video card in your computer and the monitor you connect to the video card. The rules are slightly different for the desktop and laptop.

HDCP and Desktops: If the video card has an HDMI connection, you can usually assume that it also supports HDCP. In some cases, DVI-out on video cards also support HDCP, but this is very contradictory. Checking with the support site for the manufacturer of the video card is the only way to know for sure. If your video card has only VGA connections, you need to update your video card to watch Blu-ray movies with your computer. The monitors are a little trickier, because often they do not clear whether it is HDCP compatible or not. VGA input on a monitor will not support HDCP, in most cases, DVI-in. Your safest route is a monitor with HDMI-in. In an ideal setting from the HDMI output on your video card HDMI-in on a monitor keeps headaches Blu-ray playback to a minimum.

HDCP and laptops: In general, laptops manufactured in 2007 or later have a secure video path with support for HDCP. This is not true in all areas and it is often impossible to say with certainty without connecting a Blu-ray player and try to watch a movie. Laptops built before 2007 often do not have a video card with sufficient capacity video processing for Blu-ray playback, so you do not have HDCP support is generally a non-issue for older hardware.

Blu-ray software is also necessary to watch Blu-ray movies on your computer. I use Cyberlink PowerDVD or ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 for Blu-ray playback on my computer, which is currently the most viable option. PowerDVD includes an application to help you troubleshoot if your components are compatible Blu-ray, which makes the entire process less frustrating. These blu-ray software also support 3D blu-ray playback.

In summary, to play Blu-ray movies on your computer, you need: a Blu-ray player, HDCP compliant video card, an HDCP-compliant monitor, and software with Blu-ray support. Once you have all these parts, in theory, your Blu-ray movies will play smoothly.

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