Playing Blu-Ray discs on a laptop with no Blu-Ray optical drive.

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I am trying to obtain a way to play my Blu-Ray discs on a HP Notebook that does not possess an optical drive for it. I am aware that you need both a blu-ray playing software on the machine and an external drive that the disc is popped into. My worry is that a lot of people online say things dont work when they finally get everything together. Here is what I am planning:
I am looking at the Pioneer slim BDR-XD05S for the optical drive and then plan to use VLC as the software. Will this work? Or will I have to shell out another 70-90 bucks to get PowerDVD installed.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    What have you asked this is not so easy to get. Vlc can open thes type of disks, but some kind of libraries are necessary to install which are not free also, while VLC is free. What you can do, if possible convert them into .mkv file format, by the help of any free tool/software (you can search on the net) and play them on vlc. Or commercially install cyberlink powerdvd. Or please link here for more help: http://makemkv.com/
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  • ToddN2000
    Your best bet is do what Subhendu says. Use VLC to play the discs, I use it my self. If you want to rip them down to your HD so you can take them with you then MKV is a good choice. A word of note, if you are ripping Blu-Ray discs the movie can be 25 gig or more. You may want to look into a convert to reduce the size of the files.
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  • ZetaZ98
    Thank you both very much. I will forge ahead with the Pioneer then and use that to do as you guys said and turn them into mkv format so I don't have to tote the physical discs around.
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