I just joined BleepingComputer.com and hope to take advantage of a lot of great information and get solutions to my computer problems as they come up. Today I'm looking for a low/no cost media player that will handle Blue-ray. I recently purchased an ASUS G750JS with a BR read/write drive. I'm discovering though, that the bundled player, PowerDVD 10, is limited in that the manufacturer is no longer supporting it. No updates are available anymore and I found it won't play all BR discs. I would have to drop another $80 bucks for the latest version that plays BR. Microsoft generously no longer includes WMP in the standard version of the Win 8.1 OS, and I'm not sure if it would handle BR even if I had it. I have the VLC player, but in its standard version doesn't play BR either. I understand there is an add-on that would add that capability, but also heard that it is tricky to install and configure and my not produce the highest quality rendering. Soooo, is there a high quality player out there for download that handles all media types, including BR, without any rigamarole?
Intel I7 4700HQ @ 2.40GHz
237GB SSD, 1TB 7200 RPM Storage Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M