Finding a Good Blu-Ray Player for Mac OS X

Sun 22 September 2013 Category: Uncategorized

I find playing a Blu-ray movie on my Mac cumbersome. I've been using Plex, XBMC and VLC but these free open-source products are all a usability nightmare.

To play a Blu-ray movie, you have to perform these steps:

  1. right-click on the BDMV file
  2. choose 'show packet contents'
  3. go to the STREAM folder
  4. sort the files by size (from large to small)
  5. select the biggest m2ts file and open it in the appropriate player

I got so fed-up with this process that I started searching for any product that just allows me to point it to a folder with Blu-ray content and friggin' play it. Fortunately, there is such a product for Mac OS X, it's called Mac Blu-ray Player and it's a paid application. I paid 36 euro (48 dollar) including taxes.

Those 36 euros are well spend. No it is not free, no it is not open-source, but I don't care. It is a good product. If you value your time I highly recommend buying this software.

I don't have anything against free or open-source software, but I do have a grudge against software that is not user-friendly. If software is not easy to use, something you would expect from a media player, it's broken.

Fortunately, you don't have to trust me on my word, you can download a free trial that seems fully functional, it only shows a trial message when playing a movie.