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Is it feasible to get a retail Blu-Ray drive with bundled PowerDVD?

#1The cranky hermitPosted 11/18/2013 11:53:16 AM
Quite awhile back, I bought a Blu-Ray drive from Newegg that had PowerDVD 9 Ultra included.

I have a friend who wants to watch Blu-Ray movies on his PC, but all the non-burner drives on Newegg lack software. I *can* find a burner for $75 which includes PowerDVD 10, which is much cheaper than buying an OEM drive and also buying software separately. But is it possible to buy a non-burning drive with bundled software for less than this?
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#2SnadadosPosted 11/18/2013 12:13:07 PM
It can be rather difficult to find a blu-ray drive with software.
A lot of the drives will have very mixed reports in their reviews with some people who had their drives come with software and many others who came with no software.

If you want to be sure I'd just spend the extra cash to know you're getting the software.
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#3PraetorXynPosted 11/18/2013 4:34:04 PM
You'd be better off buying Arcsoft Total Media Theatre.
It's normally expensive, but when I went to look at it last year, they were selling it by itself for $99, and bundled with one of their other programs for $69 or something. I bought it then.

In actuality, what your'e better off doing is ripping off the disc and using Handbrake to encode, then using MPC-HC to watch it with madVR, LAV Filters, ffdshow (for downmixing 7.1 to 2.1), ReClock, etc.
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