"Ok there has got to be some solution for a free windows 8 blu ray player. I tried to do the VLC solution but it crashes as soon as I try playing an encrypted blu-ray disk. I refuse to pay a dime to a blu-ray player software which is not free to get updates. Anyone have any suggestions on this? What do you use to play commercial (encrypted) Blu-ray discs in Windows 8 PC?"
With the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft made the decision to remove DVD playback, and forego the inclusion of Blu-ray playback. If you do want to play blu-ray movies on Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, however, there is an very easy solution.
Before you move on to play Blu-ray discs on your Windows 8 machine, you also need to take into account the hardware limitations that you might come across. Foremost, you need to have a Blu-ray drive in your PC, laptop or notebook that will take care of the hardware part. Traditionally, laptops and desktop computers don’t ship with a Blu-ray drive (unless you go for a high-end purchase), so you’ll probably need a separate drive for that.
Then comes the software part. The free player like Windows Media Player, VLC Player, etc don't have Blu-ray decrypting function and not support playing Blu-ray movies. So this UFUSoft Blu-ray Player for Windows 8 will be the best and easiest solution for you. With this wonderful player, you are allowed to play any Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder and Blu-ray ISO image files. Plus, this wonderful video playing application can easily help you enjoy any wonderful HD video with best watching experience. You can fully enjoy 1080p videos. Now I will show you how to enjoy Blu-ray files on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook with this Windows 8 Blu-ray Player step by step.
Step 1: Install UFUSoft Blu-ray Player for Windows 8
If you want to enjoy the Blu-ray movies on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook, you need to install a Blu-ray drive on your computer. And then install UFUSoft Windows 8 Blu-ray Disc/Blu-ray ISO Player to your computer.
Step 2: Load Blu-ray Disc to the program
Insert your Blu-ray disc into the Blu-ray driver. Next, open your Blu-ray movie by just pressing the “Open Disc” in the main interface to select Blu-ray drive and then click "OK" button to load the Blu-ray directly. You can now enjoy your Blu-ray movies on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook. (Tip: When you want to play the Blu-ray ISO image file, you need to load Blu-ray ISO image file to the virtual drive firstly, the open method is the same with loading Blu-ray disc.)
Another option is to load Blu-ray folder, you can click "Open File" button to directly select the Blu-ray folder and click "OK" button, now you can watch the Blu-ray movie on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook.
Step 3: Define the audio/video track
With this wonderful Windows 8 Blu-ray Player Software, you are allowed to define the audio/video track, audio channel, playing screen size and choose the specific title/chapter in the "Controls > Title/Chapter" column and so on. Plus, with the "Snapshot" function, you can capture your favorite Blu-ray images and save in the format of JPEG, PNG, and BMP.
Step 4: Start to play Blu-ray on your Windows 8
After all above settings, you can click "Play" button to enjoy your favorite Blu-ray movies on Windows 8 PC/Laptop/Notebook at home with wonderful video quality. If you want to stop playing the Blu-ray disc, you only need click Stop Button and eject the Blu-ray movie.
Tip 1: UFUSoft Windows Blu-ray Player is current the best, cheapest and most professional Blu-ray playing software working on Windows 8.1 Blue, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP PC, laptop or notebook, which is capable of playing various kinds of Blu-ray discs/Blu-ray folders/Blu-ray ISO image files, 1080P HD videos and other popular video/audio formats, including MKV, M4V, AVI, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, MP4, MP3 etc.
Tip 2: UFUSoft Mac Blu-ray Player enables you to play any Blu-ray disc released in different regions and Blu-ray folder/ISO files that you’ve backed up on iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X 10.7 Lion, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard with vivid video effect. This player is also a all-in-one video player, which is capable of playing HD videos like HD MOV, HD MP4, HD AVI, HD MKV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, M4V, etc.
Tip 3: UFUSoft Blu-ray Player Software is able to play any commercial Blu-ray disc or ISO Files on all brands of laptops like Acer (TravelMate, Extensa, Aspire, Gateway, Packard Bell), HP, Toshiba, Lenovo Thinkpad/Ideapad, Asus, Snoy Vaio, Samsung, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (HP Pavilion, HP Omnibook), BenQ, LG, Samsung, MSI, HCL, NEC, Panasonic, Compaq, etc.