Originally Posted by dknight
And it outputs in 3D? What display device are you using?
Also, it appears the FreeAgent Theater+ has HDMI 1.3. Does it have the same limitations as the PS3 for 3D (downconvert or core-extraction of HD audio)?
I HIGHLY doubt it can do the 3D, especially the 3D. The 3D discs have some strange UDF filesystem trickery where they do something with the twin stream of the encoded MVC movie. If you mount this in Windows and then try to copy the files over to your HDD, IIRC they will be almost 2x in size. Aside from TMT and of course PDVD with 3D features, I have yet to find a player capable of playing the 3D file even on a full blown Windows 7 HTPC. I'm almost certain an HTPC can do every thing those media players can do and a lot more that the media players can't, even.
Likely the FreeAgent Theater+ is simply playing the largest m2ts file in the ISO it can find. I bet it breaks real bad when a movie has seemless branching. This is often on discs that intelligently
have both the theatrical and extended cut, instead of two large full sized m2ts files. Basically depending on which version you choose, it branches certain movie file pieces or if the shorter version, it leaves those out.
Also the player can't do lossless bitstream audio, as it appears it simply plays just the core DD or DTS track. Feature seems similar to a standalone install of MPC-HC player without more filters.
Now for an official player with an actual Blu-Ray disc drive: Let's just say based on how much DRM is in the standard, the entire collective consortium will shoot themselves in the head before they ever implement this. It would mean they would allow a player to play content via streaming of a ripped image circumventing their otherwise highly prized, DRM'ed disc product! Honestly, do you think they would be stupid enough to allow this? I'm sure they already loathe Slysoft and DVDFab, but they can't do anything about them due to where they are located. An ISO image with DRM still on will fail to play as the security code that is needed is embedded/stamped on the physical disc and encrypted. That piece does not follow the ISO image. If a player goes rogue and tries to implement this feature anyway, the consortium I assure you will revoke their license and BD encryption keys immediately, blocking movies from playing in the future.
I'm sure I'm already teetering on the edge of what's kosher to talk about here. So to put this in a matter in which it is still is: The only option you have is being able to play blu-ray content on burned BD-R/BD-RE discs created on a computer with a burner (assuming your player can play these types of discs). I doubt the cost or the lesser convenience is going to cut it for you. The BD-RE 50GB rewritable discs I got are $25 a pop in the US, and I paid $49 for 3 imported from Japan. A good burner is over $100 (IMO, LG doesn't make good burners). Oh yeah, and they also take almost 90 minutes to burn.