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Play Blu-ray on Windows

How to Play Blu-ray Media on PC

Blu-ray is getting more and more popular for its large storage and excellent quality. Do you want to play Blu-ray on PC like on Blu-ray DVD player? Unfortunately, for Sony's licensing on Blu-ray, it is pretty difficult to play Blu-rays on laptop actually, Windows is the only operating system that can play them natively, but there are a few workarounds.Whether you are using Window XP or Windows 7, you will find that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater is the best Blu-ray player software offering best cinema-like experiences.

Here I list hardware and software needed for playing Blu-ray on Windows PC, hoping to help those that want to play Blu-ray Disc from PC.

What you need for Blu-ray playback on Windows (including Windows 7)


The most convenient way to play Blu-ray on Windows is to use a program like ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater 6. It is such reliable Windows Blu-ray player that let you experience brilliant video quality. It supports playback of all three Blu-ray Disc video formats: MPEG-2, AVC, and VC1 as well as other high-definition content including WMV HD, QuickTime HD, DivX HD, and H.264 HD. In addition, the software is now optimized with Intel's Core Processor Family so users can enjoy smooth and sharp Blu-ray playback with uncompressed HD sound effects. It also allows you to play DVD and AVCHD video and a large number of other multimedia files, including WMV, MPEG, MP4, MTS, MKV, FLV, AVI etc. Especially, it supports Windows 7 robustly. And you will also achieve fantastic playback effect and find TotalMedia Theater the best Blu-ray player for Windows 7.


Of course, the most important hardware you should have for Blu-ray DVDs playback is a Blu-ray drive. In addition to needing a beefy processor and plenty of memory, you also need a graphics card with very specific characteristics and monitor with HDCP support.

How to play Blu-ray on Windows

Step 1Open Blu-ray disc

After you confirm your hardware matches the requirements above, simple install and launch ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater 6. Insert your Blu-ray disc, and this program will play automatically

Step 2Use smart menu

This Windows Blu-ray player offer the capability of displaying details about the currently playing DVD without interrupting playback. Click icon on the bottom of control panel. Display movie information including movie name, genre and director with Option "Movie Info"; display the subtitles with Option "Subtitle"; display thumbnails of the movie chapters with Option "Chapters".

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Step 3Use right-click menu

Besides the button on the main interface, you also can control your playback. Right-click to launch many useful functions: select a specific title or chapter, or display the available audio options and other helpful options.

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