Can Mac Mini watch Blu Ray?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by littlekenneth, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. littlekenneth macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I know Mac Mini comes with HD DVD, but would like to know if they support Blu Ray disc? Thanks
     
  2. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    The Mac Mini cannot watch BluRay or HD-DVD. The internal drive is just a regular DVD.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    No Apple computer, this includes the Mac Mini, comes with a HD DVD drive. Nor do they have a Blu-Ray drive. All they have is a regular DVD drive.
     
  4. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you can watch Blu Ray on your Mac mini with a simple upgrade.

    Click here.
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    No, you can't. Even though there's a software solution for Blu-ray Disc playback under OS X, the Mini just doesn't have the horsepower to do so.
     
  6. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    A 2.66GHz-320M Mac mini with 4GB RAM has plenty of horsepower to play Blu Rays, you just have to use Bootcamp and PowerDVD Ultra as a Blu Ray player.
     
  7. dime21 macrumors 6502

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    SJ is right, blu-ray is over-rated and so not worth it.
     
  8. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    SJ is wrong. It will be many years before downloaded content can approach the quality of BluRay content and until internet delivery can bridge that gap there will continue to be demand in the marketplace for plastic discs.
     
  9. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

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    *cough* Usenet *cough*
     
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    I guess that's why everyone is adopting to use it over HD downloads offered by iTunes right? :rolleyes:
     
  11. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    *cough* 50GB downloads *cough*

    All glibness aside, it's perfectly reasonable to not want to steal my entertainment, thanks. And, my main point remains -- uncompressed BluRay content is beyond the scope of most consumers to realistically download even if they are comfortable with pirating it. The sizes are impractical for most residential internet bandwidth.
     
  12. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Those rips are basically just mt2 in mkv or ISO rips. They're the highest quality, but aren't necessarily needed.

    1080p at 11GB or so is perfectly manageable on a reasonable internet connection. With that said, it isn't necessarily our fault that Blu-ray license fees/DRM restrictions are such that Apple and third party devs don't support them. HDCP isn't easy to implement.
     
  13. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    When will the industry realize that all that crap is useless and hurting them in the long-run?

    I go for convenience, which is why I download almost everything. Couple clicks and it's there, watchable anywhere and anytime I want.

    Why do you think Steam is so successful even though the games can be had for free? Because it is convenient!!!
     
  14. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    well to all who say that the optical is dying and such and blu ray is not worth and its all digital now the one problem with people using netflix and such for digital streaming is some areas of the united states do not have broadband right now all they have is the old phone line internet still and those speeds do not support what u need for digital content speed and it can take a long time to even get your content then and sat internet has some issues to so i do not thing the disc based content is going to die yet so i say long live optical
     
  15. cdylanmr macrumors newbie

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    What about the new mini unibody?
     
  16. Y2JDMBFAN macrumors regular

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    If you rip the blu-ray content to a hard disk and remove the copy protection with AnyDVD HD on a pc then you can watch the movies with no problem on a mid 2010 mini with vlc player...
     
  17. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    That's too much work. Just use boot camp and watch the movie without ripping. And if you want a digital copy of the movie, just download it.
     
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    My discs get ripped once, then put away. Rebooting in Windows is not worth the hassle to me. Once ripped, they are available to all computers in the house.
     
  19. Osamede macrumors 6502

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    That's the move!
     

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