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Mac gets native Blu-ray movie playback through Macgo app

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Wed July 6, 2011

Macgo Blu-ray Player comes to OS X

Developer Macgo claims to have solved one of the most common complaints about Macs by launching its simply titled Mac Blu-ray Player. The app decrypts the AACS copy protection keys itself and bypasses the need for an OS-level protection scheme to work. Although it needs an Internet connection to work, it can play most any format stored on a disc and takes advantage of both hardware graphics acceleration and NVIDIA's CUDA (on GeForce chipsets) to decode 1080p video.

Non-traditional support allows for video CDs, Matroska (MKV) containers, RMVB, and raw Flash or Quicktime files.

The new software normally costs $40 but is available in a three-month trial version that adds a watermark and limits a handful of unspecified features. Hardware requirements aren't detailed apart from the need for an internal or external Blu-ray drive.

Apple has been called on to support native Blu-ray playback, particularly on Mac Pro systems where editors may work on movies they can't see. CEO Steve Jobs has so far downplayed the prospect of it, calling it a "bag of hurt" where the very extensive copy protection and OS-level code normally needed were more trouble than they were worth. DVD playback is easy to add given its light CSS protection, but Blu-ray's AACS protection requires more. Microsoft waited until a major Windows update to add it since the changes needed were extensive.

Critics have also said Jobs and Apple have a motivation to stall on Blu-ray playback since it potentially drives more customers to iTunes. [via CNET]

By Electronista Staff


  1. hayesk

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    False criticism

    "Apple has been called on to support native Blu-ray playback, particularly on Mac Pro systems where editors may work on movies they can't see."

    Anyone who makes that criticism is full of %@. Encryption isn't applied until after the editing is done. An editor will be working with unencrypted footage.

  1. hayesk

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    Why does it need an Internet connection to work?

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  1. facebook_Simon

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    blu-ray in a DVD drive?

    Hey wait a minute, I thought there were physical differences in the laser needed to read BD discs... how does the Mac SuperDrive read these discs even if the software can handle it?

  1. markf21

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    Blu Ray in a DVD DRive

    It doesn't. You'd need an external Blu-Ray drive connected (see LaCie).

  1. rvhernandez

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    Save Your Time...

    Don't bother with this. It has either crashed itself or has played back very choppy. And this is on a 2009 Mac Pro with 16BG RAM, and 8 Xeon cores at 2.93GHz.

  1. UmarOMC

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    Yeah, but what BluRay player are you using?

  1. viktorob

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    "most common complaints about Macs"

    Wow, I have been using macs for years and I didn't knew I have that problem... may be because it is not a problem????
    Whit HD movies over internet, or using USB keys, or sharing from the iOS devices, making backup on hard drives, who is still needing a BluRay disc? I have years I don't even use a normal DVD or CD.

  1. jonbwfc1

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    I can echo RVHernandez's post. I've got an external LG bluray drive plugged into my mac (which is latest model iMac with all the extras, so it can certainly play 1080p H264 no problem) and the performance of the demo version of this has been pretty substandard with every bluray I've tried. It's certainly not acceptable as a player. Better anyway to use freely available tools to rip the movie to your hard disk and play it from there.

  1. Feathers

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    More cr+pware

    Gee thanks MacNN, yet more cr+pware from unknown companies that are clearly not committed MacOS developers. Why do you keep promoting these crudware companies. You can usually identify these companies by how dire their UI looks and the fact that they almost always have a wider range of other windows-only products that, I'm guessing, are equally dire.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    ... Actually testing and reviewing products before shilling them... Unheard of.

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