Blu-ray on Raspberry Pi?

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by Beta-guy » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:24 pm
I was wondering what performance the Pi is capable of for watching Blu-ray movies (USB BD drive, and I think VLC 2.0 supports BD Movies) is this possible? what's it like?
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by yell » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:37 pm
Dosent work because of copywrite. Google for "Linux Bluray".

(Even if there is stuff like lxbdplayer, i bet there arent any ARM packages)
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by Gert van Loo » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:31 pm
Before anybody posts that 'I tough you could play blue ray on it'.

In many posts the Raspberry-Pi has been mentioned to be able to 'play blue-ray quality videos'. When reading, it is very easy to skip over  the 'quality' part.
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by dom » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:09 pm
We can in theory decode all formats of Bluray video fine.

However only H264 is licensed (but this is the most common format).

Audio is another issue. If you have a receiver or TV that can handle passthrough audio (DTS and AC3) then you are fine.

The GPU can decode these audio formats, but again is not licensed.

The ARM is not really powerful enough to decode multichannel audio when shovelling data at Bluray rates.

So a "codec licence pack" for VC1, MPEG2, DTS and AC3 would be the best option for Bluray, but that is something that has not been agreed on yet.

However all this assumes you have the Bluray data accessible to the ARM. I would expect commercial Bluray disks to have protection on, and I don't know if there are ways around that (and this is probably not the place to ask).
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by fodi » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:25 pm
well, a "codec pack" would be really nice to have for the pi (as i think, a lot would like to use it as a cheap htpc) :)
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by buckett » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:08 pm
I haven't had any experience of it but I understand Blueray and linux are hard to get working together.
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