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    I have a Macbook that was purchased about one year ago. I recently bought an adaptor that permits me to play dvd movies to a high def TV from the laptop.

    Of course, the dvd player in the Macbook will not play blu-ray movies.

    Can anyone recommend or point me in the proper direction to purchase an external blu-ray dvd player that can be hooked up to the Macbook and then output to a high def TV? Preferably a usb powered unit.

    I really only want a player, however if the unit is also a "burner", that's ok, but that probably will run up the price.

    Also, are there any software issues that I will need to be aware of when playing blu-ray movies using the current dvd player software or will I need an upgrade to an entirely new software player?

    I travel some and as I always take my Macbook, I would like to be able to see some blu-ray movies that I have. Sometimes the availability of TV channels can be quite limited in the hotels I use.

    Thanks.

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    There does not exist any software that will play commercial B-R discs in OS X that I am aware of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    There does not exist any software that will play commercial B-R discs in OS X that I am aware of.
    Now that iMacs come with miniDisplayPort in, surely it should be possible for a regular BR player to do this?

    I can't put it to the test, not having a recent iMac, but I'm just sayin' ...

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    If you're referring to HDCP, then I believe the hardware all the way through the chain is now HDCP compliant. The issue remaining is that no one has put out a player that will run in OS X that will play B-R discs.

    edit: e.g. commercial B-R movies
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    Do you have Apple TV? Maybe this is a solution.

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    Just re-read chas' post. Yes, a stand alone B-R player might work with the current iMacs. But, it'll cost another $150 for the only adapter out there at this time to get from HDMI to mini dp.
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    Bobtomay, have you ever heard of monoprice.com? I may have just saved your life with this post if think adapters cost that much.

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    VonStoven, you would already know the answer to that if you have you ever read this thread, or any of the other numerous threads spread over this board related to connecting a Mac to a TV?
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