If you are trying to play Blu-Ray disc on Windows 8 with Windows media player or Windows Media Center, your movies will not be played. You will find it quite strange as Windows 8 Media Center can play your DVD disc but refuses to play your Blu-Ray disc.
Blu-Ray movies lover probably will ask before they purchase a Windows 8 PC: Can Windows 8 play Blu-Ray? How will Windows 8 Play Blu-Ray? The answer is that Windows 8 cannot play Blu-Ray. To play Blu-Ray on Windows 8, you can use Blu Ray Player for Windows 8.
This article introduces two popular Blu Ray player for Windows 8: Free VLC Blu Ray Player and Aissesoft Bly Ray Player for Windows 8, and with a step-by-step guide to play Blu-Ray with VLC on Windows 8 and step-by-step guide to play Blu Ray on Windows 8 with Aisessoft Blu Ray Player.
No.1: Free VLC Blu-Ray Player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
VLC was updated to v2.0.4 for better playback of Blu-Ray in Windows 8. However, for legal reasons, AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys still are not shipped. Visit the following guide to download and place AACS and BD+ DRM libraries and keys
Step-by-step Guide to Play Blu-Ray with VLC Media Player in Windows 8 64-bit/32-bit
- Download a copy of latest free VLC media player which is version 2.0.4. Run and install.
- Download the Keys database. Then put it in %APPDATA%/Roaming/aacs/. %APPDATA%/aacs/ should lead to C:\Users\MY_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\aacs unless you have some wacky Windows setup.
- Download and place AACS dynamic library
No.2: Aiseesoft Blu-Ray Player for Windows 8
Aiseesoft Blu-Ray Player is one easy-to-use player for Windows 8 PC. It can help users enjoy any Blu-ray movie with outstanding and perfect video quality at home. This amazing player can not only play Blu-ray Disc, but also support Blu-ray folder and ISO image files. This Blu-ray Player is reliable and expert in playing Blu-ray discs released in different regions and dates trough simple clicks of mouse.
Blu-ray Player is also capable of playing popular video files. Users can enjoy videos in HD video, AVCHD video, MTS, M2TS, MXF, TS, TRP, MKV, MPEG, FLV, WMV, and MP4, etc. formats.
Step-by-step Guide to Play Blu-Ray with Aiseesoft Blu-Ray Player for Windows 8
- Free download Blu Ray Player for Windows 8. Install and launch it.
- Add Blu-Ray movies to Blu Ray Player for Windows 8
The Blu Ray Player for Windows 8 supports loading video from Blu-Ray disc, Blu-Ray folder or IFO file. Click “Open Disc” or “Open File” button to load your Blu-Ray movies.
- When movie is loaded, you can play Blu-Ray movies with outstanding and perfect video quality.