How to Watch Blu-ray Discs on Your Mac and Windows Computer

How to Watch Blu-ray Discs on Your Mac and Windows Computer

Now many people prefer to use their Windows PCs or Macs for movie entertainment. If you enjoy popping a DVD disc in your drive and watch a video, you may have found that how difficult it has become. Not to mention that you'd like to play Blu-rays, DVD's high-definition successors.

Although Windows make a drive capable of reading Blu-ray discs, now new Windows PCs tend to no longer come with optical devices by default for convenience; while Macs don't make a drive of reading Blu-ray discs. So, how can you play Blu-ray discs on your computer? This article will show you the detailed steps to play Blu-ray on Mac and Windows computer.

Play Blu-ray on PC/Mac

Part 1. How to Play Blu-ray on Mac and Windows

To play Blu-ray movies on your Mac or Windows computer, all you need are a drive that can read the discs and a Blu-ray player app that supports playing Blu-ray movies.

Get a Blu-ray Disc Drive

If your Mac or Windows PC doesn't have the drive to play Blu-ray discs, there are several manufacturers like LG, Pioneer that sell add-in optical drives or external drives. Prices vary from $40 to $100 based on your needs. Most external optical drives connect to your computer via a USB cable. Make sure that the cable you use is compatible with your system.

Download a Blu-ray Player App

Once you have a disc drive, you need software to play Blu-rays on your MacBook or Windows PC. Below is the recommended program you can download and use.

Tipard Blu-ray Player is an advanced Blu-ray player from which comes with various Blu-ray playback features. It s supports audio tracks, subtitles, and various advanced audio decoding technologies, such as AAC, and Dolby Digital audio. With this Blu-ray player installed on your computer, just insert a Blu-ray disc and click Open Disc to browse your file to get started. When the movie is loaded successfully, you can enjoy your high-definition movies at home. Apart from playing a Blu-ray disc on your computer, Tipard Blu-ray Player can also play DVD discs, as well as most other media file types, such as MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, and more.

Play a Blu-ray Disc

Step 1Free download and install Tipard Blu-ray Player based on your operating system, and then launch it on your computer. Now, insert your Blu-ray disc into your drive.

Step 2In the main interface, click the Open Disc button and choose the disc you want to play. Then, click OK to load the Blu-ray file to play.

Play MP4 Video

Step 3While playing, you can pause, stop, fast-forward, take screenshots and more.

Part 2. FAQs of Playing Blu-ray on Mac and PC

Does Apple support Blu-ray?

No, Apple doesn't support Blu-ray playback.

Can I play Blu-ray movies with Windows Media Player?

Windows Media Player won't play Blu-ray discs unless it has an additional plug-in. If you want Blu-ray playback from Windows Media Player, you'll need to download the Media Player Codec Pack and SlySoft AnyDVD HD. You can read on How to Play Blu-ray Movies on Windows Media Player to find more solutions.

Can VLC play Blu-ray on Mac?

Yes, VLC 2.0 or later version supports the Blu-Ray playback. You can download the latest version from VLC official website.

Can I rip and convert Blu-ray discs to watch on Mac?

Another possible way to watch Blu-ray discs on your Mac is to convert the files on the disc into the files that any media player is capable of playing. To know how-to details, read on How to Convert Blu-ray Disc/Folder/ISO Files to MP4.


As you can see, it is not difficult to play Blu-rays on your Mac and Windows computer only if you have the Blu-ray hard drive and the Blu-ray player software. Did you encounter any problem while play Blu-rays? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Posted by Kenny Kevin to Blu-ray
February 22, 2021 08:00
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