Problem: We Can Not Play Blu-ray on Mac
“I’m afraid Apple’s DVD player will never support ext. blu-ray drives… Apple does not own the license for BluRay – Sony does. And, Sony and Apple are not on the best of terms. So, without the rights to the license, Apple can’t support it.”.
“Will a Sony Blu-Ray player work from it’s HDMI cable to Mini-Display/HDMI adaptor into Mac? how do i play a blu ray disc on my mac?”.
No doubt, Blu-ray is one the most popular movie format. Blu-ray discs grows fast for its large storage capacity and HD video effect. People can now enjoy movies with best audio-visual effects on Mac. However, Mac doesn’t support Blu-ray playback. Even the slightest chance that latest Mac OS would support Blu-ray fell through. Why can’t we play Blu-ray movies on Mac, and what equipment we need for Blu-ray playback on Mac if possible?
Why can’t play Blu-ray disc on Mac?
First, no Blu-ray drive. SuperDrive is not capable of reading Blu-ray data. To play a Blu-ray ISO file, we will need a virtual Blu-ray drive.
Second, low hardware configuration. Blu-ray requires fairly robust and reliable hardware for the smooth playback of Blu-ray disc.
Third, encoding. Blu-ray discs are protected with layers of DRM (digital rights management) beyond that of a normal DVD, including AACS, and BD+, etc. Blu-ray discs are encoded with programming , such as region code, AACS or BD+ from the latest bluray disc, etc.
Fourth, native Blu-ray support issues. Native Blu-ray playback is not supported by current operating systems, as well as media players such as QuickTime player due to a lack of Blu-ray playback license.
Equipment for Blu-ray playback on Mac
1. Mac hardware
To play Blu-ray disc on a Mac, Mac components must be Blu-ray compatible. Blu-ray requires fairly robust and reliable hardware for the smooth playback of Blu-ray disc. Check what we need:
* Operating System: Mac OS 10.6 or Higher, including Mac OS X 10.6/ 10.7/ 10.8/ 10.9/10.10/10.11;
* Devices: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro
* Processor (CPU): Intel Core2 Duo 2.4GHz processor or higher recommended
* Memory: 512 MB RAM or higher recommended; * Hard Disk Space: 250 MB of free disk space;
* Disc Drive: A internal or external Blu-ray drive. Make sure the USB ≥ 2.0 or FireWire ≥ 400. If you want to get your Mac an internal Blu-ray drive, here is a tutorial to swap drive- Quick way to directly play Blu-ray disc on MacBook by internal drive.
3. Mac Blu-ray Player software
Blu-ray is a patented technology, so operating systems or players need essential licensing to use this patent. Unfortunately, Mac OS haven’t got the licensing yet, neither have most popular media players, such as VLC and Quick Time. So if you want to play Blu-ray on Mac, you have to use Mac Blu-ray player software, which is the key for Blu-ray playback on Mac.
UFUWare Mac Blu-ray Player is one of the best Blu-ray player programs for home and office use. It plays all latest Blu-ray discs, multiple video and audio formats on Mac without any loss in video and audio quality. The 4K or 1080p video and DTS 5.1 audio systems are included to get a better audiovisual experience. Free download UFUWare Mac Blu-ray player, and have a try.
Tip: Once we have all the necessary euipment, we can enjoy high-definition playback of the latest Blu-ray movies on the Mac. If you can not play blu-ray on Windows-based PC, you can refer to this article: Solved the Problem: Can’t play Blu-ray discs on my windows computer.