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Is Blu-ray Disc or DVD movie functionality supported in the Windows 8 operating system?

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Unlike prior Windows® operating systems, the Windows 8® operating system does not natively support playing Blu-ray Disc® or DVD movie media (encrypted). Third-party player software will be required for Blu-ray Disc or DVD movie playback.


  • The Windows® 8 Pro With Media Center does support DVD movie playback, but will still require third-party player software for Blu-ray Disc playback.
  • There are several third-party Blu-ray Disc and DVD movie player software packages available. Sony cannot recommend one software package over another.