Blu-Ray on Imac

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  1. Sdancott macrumors regular

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    Hi everybody, I'm a long-time-reader-first-time-poster. Hope you're all well, this forum has always been my first port of call whenever i need mac related help. Just a quick question, you can probably guess from thread title. Any way to view Blu-Ray content on Imacs? preferably without any illegal activity?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    There is Blu-ray options for Backup options, but no Mac Software yet to view Blu-ray movies...


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  3. malcolmffc macrumors member

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    Probably the only way to do it is to run a Blu-Ray viewing program in Windows under BootCamp.
     
  4. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

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    The day we get a blu-ray drive in imacs, I'll be buying a big 24" bluMac.

    Okay, I just did it. Coined the term bluMac!
     
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  6. Thetics macrumors regular

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    hmm.. steve?
     
  7. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I can't imagine Apple will ever put BluRay drives in their machines because that could seriously harm their burgeoning movie download business.
     
  8. takeabyteoutta macrumors 6502

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    and they're still expensive. Apple will have no profit margin unless they were actually manufacturing the drives.
     
  9. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

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    There's only one business blunder worse than competing with yourself...

    ...that's NOT competing with yourself,

    LK
     
  10. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    From a business point of view Apple will offer blue ray drives very soon. In the pro range this seems obvious, but also in the iMac. This makes sense as an (expensive) upgrade option. I do not see Apple forcing people to have blue ray for a long time - especially as this would significantly raise the price of their hardware.

    Though Apple are trying to make money from downloads they will have to offer hi-def drives to keep up with the market. Just as they offer DVD drives whilst selling movies on line.

    If Apple were stupid enough not to offer blue ray then the iMac would be dead and buried in a couple of years. Make no mistake, we 24 inchers love to watch movies on our screens and Blockbuster has loads of choice - in quality that far exceeds any Apple download. Plus extras!

    I will not be upgrading my bedroom iMac24 until blue ray is an option.
     
  11. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    That makes no sense.
     
  12. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't get to comfy at your local Blockbuster. It will probably be closing within the next year or two. Downloads are the way of the future; discs, even HD ones like BluRay, aren't going to be able to compete with the online, instant-delivery options available from Apple, Amazon and the like.

    The only way I see Apple introducing BluRay is for authoring, and that means Mac Pro, not iMac.

    Also, I have a 24" iMac and I've never watched a DVD on my screen. That's what the 50" plasma in the living room is for.
     
  13. BBC B 32k macrumors 6502

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    He he, just 44" in my living room, but I have 24" in the bedroom and watch movies in there, though I am sure I could not resolve HD content at the 3M viewing distance. All the same Apple will have to offer a BTO choice or lose market share.

    In a couple of years Blockbuster may well be gone, but until then people will be renting BR dvds. Those people will get used to true HD content, not Apples download offering. It will be a couple of years before Apple start offering 1080 content for download.
     
  14. takeabyteoutta macrumors 6502

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    you do know that a slimline write only bluray drive (slims are the only drive size that can fit into the iMacs frame) costs $900. that doesn't include the manufacturing costs as a BTO and the % apple would have to add to make a profit.

    you also have to factor in the fact that blu-ray drives are huge power drainers and represent a significant heat issue as well.
     
  15. WardC macrumors 68030

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    The only thing I know (for the Mac) as far as Blu-Ray goes is the LaCie Blu-Ray drive that they intro'd at Macworld SF 2008. I read all the technical stuff on it, hoping to find out that you could watch Blu-Ray movies and rip movies to disk, but discovered that the drive is only for writing Blu-Ray disks for data backup (bummer). PLUS the drive is over $700. It's the LaCie FireWire d2 Blu-Ray drive.

    I have a 30" Cinema Display, brand new, and with that 2560x1600 res, it would be great to watch hi-def movies on my Mac. I think the best bet for Blu-Ray on the Macintosh (movies) will be a future generation of iMacs and Mac Pros with built-in Blu-Ray drives, and software for viewing, supported by Apple and Sony. Here is the info on that LaCie drive:

    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10867
     
  16. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm holding you to this :D
     
  17. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Dude --- as it is, we can't even DOWNLOAD OR WATCH Apple HD Movie Content from the Apple iTunes Store on our Macs, even if we have beautiful 24" and 30" displays, and Terabytes of Storage!! As it is right now, the only way you can take advantage of the ITMS HD content is if you have an AppleTV hooked up to an HD Television. -- I know, it sucks!! I have a brand new 30" Cinema Display for my Mac, and I am having trouble finding good HD content for it.

    Blu-Ray -- not supported!!
    HD-DVD - not supported!!
    Apple iTunes HD -- ONLY on the AppleTV

    Yeah, klnda sucks. MAJORLY.
     
  18. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    I dunno, I don't really have any interest in sitting at my desk and watching a movie. It doesn't bug me at all that I can't watch Blu-Ray movies on my Mac.

    I sure would like to be able to create them, though.
     
  19. WardC macrumors 68030

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    Well it bugs me when I spend $1799 plus tax for this awesome, great new monitor, which has the potential to be used as a movie display device with its enormous size and pixel resolution...and then the solutions aren't even out there for getting Hi Def movies to be readily available on the Mac yet.
     
  20. maceesback macrumors member

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    Can anyone elaborate on this?
     
  21. mslide macrumors 6502a

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    Check out the Windows HTPC forum over at avsforum.com. That's a hot topic over there. It is possible on Windows, but only using one program, PowerDVD (which sucks). Even then, not all movies work. Watching movies ripped to your hard drive is also a pain in the ass. It also takes quite a bit of horsepower to do it.

    Apple will certainly support Blue Ray eventually. It will just be a few years. It will first happen on the Mac Pros because creative professionals will need to author them. It will flow down from there.

    Anybody know when Macs first started shipping with DVD drives? How long after DVDs were first announced was that? I think DVDs were first announced at CES around 1995. I could be wrong. If this metric is any guide, then I think we still have a couple of more years to go until a BlueMac.
     
  22. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    Get Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac ($799:eek::eek:) they author/create BD's (Blu-Ray Disc's).
     
  23. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    You can get it for about half that with an education or non profit discount (if applicable to you...or someone you know)
     
  24. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    Or by patching the Trial:rolleyes:LoL

    BTW i don't think Blu-Ray will come to the iMac any time soon as Mac Pro and MacBook Pro should get it first (For the Professionals) then it will slowly make it's way across the range, Remember DVD Drives (SuperDrives) adding timeline, Pros first then the rest later.
     
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