Originally Posted by jeffkro
Its $100 bucks on the website, you can buy a stand alone blue ray player for that price. Personally I just decided its to much money and hassle and so rent DVD's instead. I think the only reasonable way to watch blue ray on HTPC is to rip and playback in xbmc, its funny how the recording industry always works to encourage piracy through their policies.
Are you talking about WinDVD because it's $59 on the Corel website and it's frequently under $50.
I frankly don't understand all the angst. I have a stand alone BD player in the same rack hooked to the same AVR as my main HTPC and I don't use it. WinDVD isn't a hassle at all. You install it, update it, pop in a disk, and it just works. Looks just as good as the Sony BD player and bitstreams everything perfectly. It's not any trouble at all. So I play my disks on my HTPC. By the way I use WinDVD Pro 10. Have never seen the need to upgrade to 11. I think I paid $39 for my copy.
On my other system I don't really have a choice. While on my main system my AVR has 6 HDMI inputs, on my other system my Yamaha AVR only has two -- one is for a DirecTV DVR, the other for an HTPC. It certainly isn't worth the hassle to deal with a stand alone disk player there. I'm sure others have the same situation where it's just easier to use the HTPC as a disk player too.