Hey running Windows 8.1. Would like to be able to play Blu Ray discs on the ol' laptop but have heard a few different things and would like some clarification. I've heard it's possible to play them for free using 'black market' software. I've also heard that if you go the legit way and purchase a license, you need to install a 'Blu Ray' drive. (To me this didn't make any sense - Win 8.1 doesn't recognize my DVDs either but stuff like VLC and Media Player Classic can still play those discs.) Is this true? & Finally, would like suggestions as to best software program for Blu Ray playback? And yeah yeah have heard here about how there is no 'one size fits all solution' - but seriously, am looking for a program with a lifetime license and $50 or less.
Oh one more thing. Would it make more sense to just buy a stand-alone Blu Ray player that I can hook up to the TV? Then I wouldn't have to worry about (say) transferring the license to the next PC.