27278 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 2, 2010 1:41 PM by Richard Cartledge
Running Win7 via Boot Camp is the only way to go at this time. I've got that set-up perfectly. Total Media Theater 3 or PowerDVD 10 are the two top players. My issue right now is getting DTS-HD & TrueHD to bitstream via MDP-HDMI Griffen adapter to my Denon AVR. It appears that the Boot Camp drivers do not support PVAP (Protected Video Audio Path) which is necessary for the Blu-ray HD audio.
I am so frustrated that there is no Bluray support on Macs... when it has been out for at least a couple of years now!
I don't care if it is a 'bag of hurt' or expensive - it's about time Apple gives the consumer a choice by allowing them upgrades like can you do with ram etc when ordering a notebook.
And I get sick of hearing that the physical media is 'dead'.. maybe that can be a reality for people in the US, but what about people like me in Australia and other countries were broadband is severely limited both in speed and download quota? I can't be downloading HD movies from iTunes!
Apple needs a wake up call soon - maybe someone like Google can give them a shove by making an OS and competitive laptops or something?
In the mean time it seems I'd have to use Windows (choke) to play blu-ray, and I hate windows!
I do agree that the next Macbook Pro should have a Blu-Ray drive as standard equipment. After all, Sony VAIO laptops are even throwing it in if you buy Windows 7 Pro. Otherwise, last time I checked, it was a paltry $150-200 to upgrade to Blu-Ray on their machines.
This is what's keeping me from replacing my 2nd Gen Macbook Pro. I am on the road a lot, and sometimes I don't have access to the internet, so I'd like to see some of my Blu-Ray movies on a Mac.
Physical medial will NOT go away. It will just replace older technology. Blu-Ray WILL replace DVDs; CDs have already replaced tapes and LPs. MP3 and digital audio will never replace a physical CD, mostly because if your hard drive crashes, and you forgot to back up your media, you can still recover from your original audio CDs.
Another thing is, no downloadable HD content will match physical media in terms of sound quality and especially on the extra features. Blu-Ray discs come packed with extras that a simple movie download simply won't have, since I believe that at this time, it's hard (if not impossible) to replicate an interactive menu on downloadable media.
Bottom line is: Relax, physical media is not going away anytime soon.
To get the real benefit from watching Blu-Ray, you would need a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 to enjoy the full HD experience (not to mention a 7.1 sound system). The only notebook Apple offers which would handle the 1920 x 1080 resolution, is the 17" MacBook Pro.
I understand your broadband restrictions, trust me people here in the UK still have Fair Use Limits applied to them, which often means downloading a HD TV series legally from iTunes, takes you over the ISP's threshold and then you find your broadband speed has been restricted as a result of 'overuse'.
This isn't Apple's fault. This is an ISP issue, so all you can do is speak to your ISP (or send a physical letter to the top brass of the ISP) asking them to take appropriate action to increase both the speed and download limits.
As it is, unless you have the 17" MacBook Pro, full HD (Blu-Ray) will be of no benefit, so you could just download the standard definition version of a movie from iTunes (I know the HD version is 720p as opposed to 1080p(or i), but on a lower resolution display (on a 13" or 15" MBP), standard definition is perfectly watchable - from a slightly greater viewing distance from the screen.
Physical media is dead. I know you say you're sick of people saying that, but I bought an external Blu-Ray re-writer along with the full capacity discs, to back up my digital media, and it was a tiresome task. For the same cost, I could buy 2 external drives (2.5" 750GB each, plus external enclosures) and have 1 main and 1 back-up drive. Both externals take up less space in my bag than 2 Blu-Ray Movie discs- but can hold so much more media content.
I ended up selling the Blu-Ray re-writer and doing exactly that. I have one compact external I can carry with me, and another as a back up in case the first one fails. Files are copied over quicker than to an writing to an external Blu-Ray disc.
Start giving your ISPs some pressure to improve the services they offer.