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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java 94

An anonymous reader writes: Updates to the open-source libbluray, libaacs, and libbdplus libraries have improved the open-source Blu-ray disc support to now enable the Blu-ray Java interactivity layer (BD-J). The Blu-ray Java code is in turn executed by OpenJDK or the Oracle JDK and is working well enough to play a Blu-ray disc on the Raspberry Pi when paired with the VLC media player."
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Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java

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  • by TheGratefulNet ( 143330 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @10:17PM (#47512525)

    why use a regular player? it runs unknown code, can blacklist your devices, forces menus and ads on you and takes too long to startup.

    ripped files play right away and on any vlc or video software player.

    the days of NEEDING a standalone video player are long gone.

  • by slincolne ( 1111555 ) on Tuesday July 22, 2014 @10:52PM (#47512745)
    Does anyone have any scenarios where BD-Java enables a useful feature?

    I have to admit for all the blue ray disks I have, the included menus and bumf just makes it a less pleasant experience.

    I don't know who builds in the code for these 'features' - but it makes it very difficult to justify buying legitimate media when the studios seem to put all their crapware in the way.

  • by serviscope_minor ( 664417 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @04:16AM (#47513747) Journal

    I suppose you never owned a DVD player for your TV because it forced you to sit through ads at times?

    Indeed I never have. I play all my DVDs on MPlayer.

    Once in a while I end up watching a DVD on a more normal player, usually as the result of watching something at someone else's house. I am astounded at how poor the experience is. One has to wade through irritating, poorly thoughtout and slow menues, and spend ages skipping (if you're allowed) a bunch of crap before starting to watch what you want.

    I've used MPlayer since about 2003. I'm utterly spoiled. There's no way I would return to the user-hostile crap masquerading as normal DVD players.

    And one of my favourite features is the reverse 10 seconds button. Great after unpausing or if you failed to catch an important line of dialog. I've never seen a standalone player with such a feature.

    In fact some DVDs are so slathered in copy protection that even skipping around at all doesnt work.

    Why use a regular player? Because it "just works".

    Not only does MPlayer "just work", it "just works" a damn sight beter than "proper" DVD players.

    So why would you pick the one that works worse? I can only assume you have some sort of Stockholm syndrome.

    The experience is overall smoother.

    Not for DVDs it isn't. I don't own a blu-ray player, but I have a hard job imagining anything doing a smoother, simplyer, more user friendly job than MPlayer, given that MPlayer (a) just works and (b) never stops me doing anything I want to do.

    I don't have software incompatibilities or system resource issues effecting my playback like can happen on a PC

    Get a better OS. I use Linux. It's marvellous, you should try it.

    plus a stand-alone player is quieter than a computer.

    Get a better computer then. Seriously, an RPi can play HD video and is silent. If you're buying a media PC in this day and age which is louder than an optical drive, then you're buying bad stuff.

    dedicated hardware and software for a consistent, assured compatibility experience.

    Consistent compatibility with all the latest "rights management" stuff? No thanks!

    I'd rather have Linux and MPlayer which are actually compatible with my rights, thankyou very much.

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