Originally Posted by WaterBoyz
I interrupt this power consumption story line for a moment.
Got my HTPC together.
What a pain in the arse not having something to load the motherboard drivers.
I'm gonna sound a bit elementary here but a blu-ray player will play all disk media like DVD and CDs right?
I don't anticipate needing a burner unless you can enlighten me the worthwhile of burning.
If my thoughts are in line, then what are people using for a blu-ray player?
Oh, the chassis has a blank plate for a full size unit.
Thanks for helping a guy with old eyes and ears.
If you are asking about the drive, most people just use whatever drive they find on newegg. I used an LG (it was cheapest at the time), but LiteON comes well recommended. Sony and Asus also make them newegg link
I don't think it matters if you go with USB or SATA, it takes a 14x BD drive to saturate USB 2.0 speeds. They're really don't require a SATA connection to function
You might have been asking about software to play the disc?
If it was a software player in question, then there are really only two easy solutions, but both cost $100. They are Cyberlink's PowerDVD and Arcsoft's TotalMediaTheatre
However, your HTPC can handle the audio/video content with most free players if it's ripped to your hard drive and put into a non-iso video container. That's where MakeMKV, AnyDVD HD, DVDfab, ClownBD, etc come into play. Lots of forum users here go for MakeMKV, but the two aforementioned $100 programs will provide full menu support and it will be exactly like using a blu ray player instead of a computer.
Interestingly, MakeMKV also allows you to insert the disc and start a direct video stream. You can then view the content through a web player or stream it in VLC by pointing to http://localhost:51000/stream/title0.ts