Cheap internal Blu-ray drive for your PC - £45.99 @ Scan (Use 'go to deal' link for this price!!)
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Cheap internal Blu-ray drive for your PC - £45.99 @ Scan (Use 'go to deal' link for this price!!)

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Found 17th Apr 2009Made hot 18th Apr 2009
Although it doesn't include carrier charge. I know there is some kind of deal with AVForums for free delivery?

So could save yaself £5-6 on ebuyer prices

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so is this a blue ray cd rom drive? couls you connect this to your tv and get hd for this price then?

This is an internal bluray drive, so it will need to be installed in a computer, if your computer supports it (and you have a HD graphics cards) then you will be able to connect this to a HD TV or monitor and have a high definition picture,

Voted hot - although it is £50.59 excl delivery (don't know where you got the £45.99 ?)

In answer to Cornish

so is this a blue ray cd rom drive?


Blu-ray is completely different to CD-Rom.
Bluray, DVD and CD's are all the same size, and generally look the same.
However, they are different media - CD ROM's have a 700-800Mb capacity compared to BD which has a 50Gb capcity (equivalent to 65 CD's)


could you connect this to your tv and get hd for this price then?


Yes - but you can only connect this to your TV via a computer.
It would be a pointless exercise connecting it unless your TV is High Definition, and your computer/TV link is HDMI otherwise you're going to miss the quality which is the whole point of BluRay.

Hope that helps

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And this is the reason the PS3 is such a good price.

For this to work you need a HD graphics card, Blu Ray drive, the PC itself (obviously) and then your HD TV. Unless you pick up a cheap HD graphics card, it's an expensive bundle, but it's nice to see the Blu Ray player has came down to this much

voted hot

ra2000;4958565

Yes - but you can only connect this to your TV via a computer. It would … Yes - but you can only connect this to your TV via a computer. It would be a pointless exercise connecting it unless your TV is High Definition, and your computer/TV link is HDMI otherwise you're going to miss the quality which is the whole point of BluRay.


Think there's some EXTRA requirements (certainly were with HD-DVD playback):
a) Your computer's CPU and/or Graphics card would need to 'beefy' enough to process the HD stream (quite a lot of data in a specialised format)
b) Your video card may need to support, over DVI or HDMI, the HDCP ie copy protection required for playback
c) Your computer may need Blu-ray codec/playback software to be able to understand the BluRay data stream from the disc

So my system for instance (DVI based, not HDMI) would pass drive and CPU but NOT graphics card (no HDCP) though okay monitor (HDCP on DVI).

All in all almost certainly a lot simpler/cheaper/quicker to buy a Blu-ray player for HD TV playback.

That said with the latest 22" DVI/HDMI monitors supporting full 1080 resolutions, if you have a suitable graphics card in your PC, a PC drive like this c/be a great way to watch Blu-ray in full 1080 on your computer at a 3' distance where you can see/benefit from that HD.

MKD

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ra2000;4958565

Voted hot - although it is £50.59 excl delivery (don't know where you got … Voted hot - although it is £50.59 excl delivery (don't know where you got the £45.99 ?)



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will this player play UK spec Blue Ray DVDs? The reason why i`m asking is because a while ago I saw a Tesco deal for a high spec PC with a Blue Ray DVD player and someone commented that it doesn`t play UK spec DVDs..

laldude;4958736

will this player play UK spec Blue Ray DVDs? The reason why i`m asking … will this player play UK spec Blue Ray DVDs? The reason why i`m asking is because a while ago I saw a Tesco deal for a high spec PC with a Blue Ray DVD player and someone commented that it doesn`t play UK spec DVDs..



Distinguish between Blu-ray discs (sold in blue cases and same size as CDs/DVDs/HD-DVDs) and DVD-Video discs. The Blu-ray have a regional system A/B/C; the DVD-Video have another regional system 0-6 from memory. Drives should be able to select/switch those independently (if at all, they WOULD/should be sold in native UK compatible format).

That's highly likely to just be a user configuration error. DVD drives are usually shipped with the ability to play only ONE territory's DVD-Videos (eg Region 2 for UK) and can swap region a limited number of times. If someone had set/left it at Region 1 (US) then Region 2 (UK) discs wouldn't play BUT updating the drive to Region 2 (it's part of the Windows interface) would solve that - UNLESS it had been swapped its limited number of swaps already.

cool thanks all

do you think this then is maybe the best deal around for all round price and quality?

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cornish;4958809

cool thanks alldo you think this then is maybe the best deal around for … cool thanks alldo you think this then is maybe the best deal around for all round price and quality?http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/380209/sony-bdp-s350-blu-ray-player-12-off/



i believe this is a very good player!

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Maximum you should spend on a blu-ray player is £150 otherwise wud be worth just getting a ps3 since it retails at £300 RRP anyway.

shadowdogg;4959306

Maximum you should spend on a blu-ray player is £150 otherwise wud be … Maximum you should spend on a blu-ray player is £150 otherwise wud be worth just getting a ps3 since it retails at £300 RRP anyway.



Yes but it's twice the price and twice the size over a Bluray player!

Does not come with Blu-ray playback software - this will cost an extra £40-50. Better off getting the LG Blu-Ray drive which comes with powerDVD Ultra playback software;

i have a ps3 and i would pay the extra because there is so much you can do with a ps3

free internet and also i use it as a media player so can play all your cds ie music and films streamin them from your pc to ps3

£300 for a ps3 but well worth it ( top blu ray player and games machine and much more)

no i dont work for sony lol

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Although it doesn't include carrier charge. I know there is some kind of … Although it doesn't include carrier charge. I know there is some kind of deal with AVForums for free delivery?



Both AVForum and Hexus..

behibehi;4960386

Does not come with Blu-ray playback software - this will cost an extra … Does not come with Blu-ray playback software - this will cost an extra £40-50. Better off getting the LG Blu-Ray drive which comes with powerDVD Ultra playback software;


Get the codec pack for your version of windows and media player will play blu-ray files.

dcx_badass;4961966

This drive is for a PC and my PC can do all that. Also the PS3 doesn't … This drive is for a PC and my PC can do all that. Also the PS3 doesn't have free internet you pay your phone company for the internet.



I think tracydcp was comparing with the xbox where you have to pay. But you can also install linux OS so just like a PC. :thumbsup:

i think its hot forget ps3 MANNN lol
this and xbox SORTED'

Even as an AV Forums member of some years delivery to NI is a whopping £16.81 + vat/£19.33 inc vat. That is totally and utterly outrageous and a complete rip-off. Voted cold as this deal is not available to everyone in the UK.

mickrick;4962215

Even as an AV Forums member of some years delivery to NI is a whopping … Even as an AV Forums member of some years delivery to NI is a whopping £16.81 + vat/£19.33 inc vat. That is totally and utterly outrageous and a complete rip-off. Voted cold as this deal is not available to everyone in the UK.



Couldnt agree more...havent these people ever heard of Royal Mail / Parcal Force flat rates...................... scan computers Northern Ireland rip off.:x

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... and sounds like you don't read the forum -where they said that if you ring with your order, you can get a reduced rate on ni carriage

voted hot as i can actually read

mk-donald;4958690

Think there's some EXTRA requirements (certainly were with HD-DVD … Think there's some EXTRA requirements (certainly were with HD-DVD playback):a) Your computer's CPU and/or Graphics card would need to 'beefy' enough to process the HD stream (quite a lot of data in a specialised format)b) Your video card may need to support, over DVI or HDMI, the HDCP ie copy protection required for playbackc) Your computer may need Blu-ray codec/playback software to be able to understand the BluRay data stream from the discSo my system for instance (DVI based, not HDMI) would pass drive and CPU but NOT graphics card (no HDCP) though okay monitor (HDCP on DVI).All in all almost certainly a lot simpler/cheaper/quicker to buy a Blu-ray player for HD TV playback.That said with the latest 22" DVI/HDMI monitors supporting full 1080 resolutions, if you have a suitable graphics card in your PC, a PC drive like this c/be a great way to watch Blu-ray in full 1080 on your computer at a 3' distance where you can see/benefit from that HD.MKD




A) You dont need a really beefy cpu, any basic cpu can do it really but main price range is ~£50 where you can get an AMD X2 or Intel e5200 which will perform very well for this(and gaming!).
b) Yes it needs to support HDCP unless you use anydvd or something but all cards support this now iirc, a £30 gpu can play bluray fine just look for Ati media range ( ati 4350) and then your set.
c) Thats true.


Its mostly cheaper for an internal drive if you have a basic PC to begin with and the majority have that already and if you have it as a HTPC then its a great addon but for people without a pc or unable to connect it up to a tv etc then standalone is better.

Great price but id be thinking of getting the LG drive as it has HD-DVD playback aswell(yes this format rocks with triple layer disk almost the size of BR) and comes with power dvd iirc.
Voted hot.

So Hudson92 Iam very tempted with this but my monitor isnt HDCP. So could you go into abit more depth about anydvd?

My PC

E6600 // Asus P5Q Pro // X1950 PRO // 4GB Corsair RAM // Corsair HX 520 // X2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 // Lain LI PC7 Black // Vista X64 //

Appreciate any advice

father murphy;4962492

... and sounds like you don't read the forum -where they said that if you … ... and sounds like you don't read the forum -where they said that if you ring with your order, you can get a reduced rate on ni carriage :)voted hot as i can actually read



Don't be so bloody patronising and arrogant. Reduced rate delivery to NI is still over £12 - I know because I checked before. And why should I have to ring my order to them in order to get this?

From a reply to an earlier email I sent them:

"Although we do not offer free carriage to Northern Ireland for AVForum members, if you ring our sales team - we can make a slight reduction on the overall cost."

Well i dont use any dvd but was told this and it even says on their site slysoft.com/en/…tml
It does cost money but you can probably get from other "sources" :P. It just disables the HDCP requirement as its only a security thing(personally i dont know why they have this).

HDMI is the same as DVI just with added audio so no one should worry about the connection and VGA can still provide a really crisp colour which can be seen by a £130 display with just vga is actually better than some £200 with dvi :P.

mickrick;4962215

Even as an AV Forums member of some years delivery to NI is a whopping … Even as an AV Forums member of some years delivery to NI is a whopping £16.81 + vat/£19.33 inc vat. That is totally and utterly outrageous and a complete rip-off. Voted cold as this deal is not available to everyone in the UK.



totally agree i had a gas fire delivered from bangor for half that amount

Hudson92;4963314

Well i dont use any dvd but was told this and it even says on their site … Well i dont use any dvd but was told this and it even says on their site http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvdhd.htmlIt does cost money but you can probably get from other "sources" :P. It just disables the HDCP requirement as its only a security thing(personally i dont know why they have this).HDMI is the same as DVI just with added audio so no one should worry about the connection and VGA can still provide a really crisp colour which can be seen by a £130 display with just vga is actually better than some £200 with dvi :P.



Thanks, anyone used that software? Not too bothered with the sound. Montior has DVI and VGA, 24'' res at 1920x1200

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dcx_badass;4961966

This drive is for a PC and my PC can do all that. Also the PS3 doesn't … This drive is for a PC and my PC can do all that. Also the PS3 doesn't have free internet you pay your phone company for the internet.



..........

The Ps3 is FREE ONLINE whereas you have to pay yearly subscription (or monthly) for the 360 online.

Of course you have to pay an ISP, but you have to pay extra for the 360, that was his point and it's a fact.

1Jim0;4963581

Thanks, anyone used that software? Not too bothered with the sound. … Thanks, anyone used that software? Not too bothered with the sound. Montior has DVI and VGA, 24'' res at 1920x1200



Well i dont use any dvd but was told this and it even says on their site … Well i dont use any dvd but was told this and it even says on their site http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvdhd.htmlIt does cost money but you can probably get from other "sources" :P



I use AnyDVD and also Slysoft's CloneDVD2. Both are superb pieces of software.

Slysoft seem to be the leaders in hacking and defeating prohibitive and annoying security on commercial video discs. AnyDVD removes pretty much any security or user action prohibition there is, region coding, copy control and it also allows rips from HD formats. Clone DVD2 is just the best DVD ripping software there is. Good luck finding it from unofficial sources. It's well controlled, and there are updates every two weeks on average, keeping the software bang up to date.

Pokey;4967896

Good luck finding it from unofficial sources. It's well controlled, and … Good luck finding it from unofficial sources. It's well controlled, and there are updates every two weeks on average, keeping the software bang up to date.



Its quite easy to get from "unofficial sources" as it gets cracked ever two weeks on average.

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Blu-ray Players to Hit $99 This Holiday SeasonPosted April 17, 2009 09:50 … Blu-ray Players to Hit $99 This Holiday SeasonPosted April 17, 2009 09:50 AM by Josh DreuthBlu-ray Disc As previously reported, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has recently brought the high definition format to China. In order to accomplish this, they had to not only provide the technology to create Blu-ray Discs and players to Chinese manufacturers, but also create a licensing format which would lower costs and streamline the production process. One of the advantages to the rest of the Blu-ray buying world, commented Mark Leathan, Marketing Director at Samsung, was that we will soon see the "entry of the Chinese manufacturers into the Blu ray market that we will have a $99 Blu ray player."

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