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kungfu71186
December 9th, 2010, 11:52 PM
Can you install a DVD drive on a boxee box? Has anyone tried it? I'm thinking of buy an external blu-ray drive to hook up to the boxee. Wondering if it would be possible or hackable.

SecretAsianMan
December 10th, 2010, 12:39 AM
Don't count on it. Not supported, and wouldn't be easy to add support for it.

afettouhi
January 23rd, 2011, 12:32 PM
It can't be that hard to add since it is already present in the Boxee software on Linux, Windows and Mac. Would be cool if you could hook up an external dvd drive to the boxee box and watch your dvd's. Maybe this could be done thru an app.

kdnoel
January 23rd, 2011, 01:05 PM
You would need a driver... where would you install the driver on the Boxee Box?

LTH2009
January 23rd, 2011, 01:09 PM
It may not be the most practical thing for all set-ups, but I currently have my DVD drive shared on the network. BB sees it as a normal folder and DVD's play flawlessly. Perhaps the same could be done with an internal Blue-Ray drive or an external connected to a computer.

stevo81989
January 23rd, 2011, 03:40 PM
It may not be the most practical thing for all set-ups, but I currently have my DVD drive shared on the network. BB sees it as a normal folder and DVD's play flawlessly. Perhaps the same could be done with an internal Blue-Ray drive or an external connected to a computer.

Are you using a mac? I just tried it and it for some reason kicks back before the menu title.

kdnoel
January 23rd, 2011, 04:45 PM
It may not be the most practical thing for all set-ups, but I currently have my DVD drive shared on the network. BB sees it as a normal folder and DVD's play flawlessly. Perhaps the same could be done with an internal Blue-Ray drive or an external connected to a computer.

That's a great idea!

Ozpeter
January 23rd, 2011, 06:22 PM
You need to have something like AnyDVD running on the PC if you want to use a shared DVD drive, as the Box does not provide DVD decryption.

The Box doesn't understand audio CDs on a remote drive.

The Box doesn't understand a directly connected DVD drive, due to lack of drivers as mentioned above.

LTH2009
January 23rd, 2011, 10:16 PM
Turns out I was only partially right. Even though I have my DVD drive shared (from a PC), I had only really only tested it with DVD's I had personally converted and burned from MKVs and AVIs. When testing with a purchased DVD it does not work.

Sorry for the false hopes! I'm sure theres a way though.

neeku
June 9th, 2011, 05:48 AM
Well... My parents wanted to buy some media/DVD player. I persuaded them that Boxee Box is the best choice, they had agreed until they found out they can't play DVDs with it. Making ISO images and playing them is not the good idea for them, since they're not that friendly with computers, and they prefer using things quickly and easily, but also be able to play most media file formats, too. What would you suggest? DVD players don't support external storage devices for playing video/audio.

robertm
June 9th, 2011, 09:21 AM
Well... My parents wanted to buy some media/DVD player. I persuaded them that Boxee Box is the best choice, they had agreed until they found out they can't play DVDs with it. Making ISO images and playing them is not the good idea for them, since they're not that friendly with computers, and they prefer using things quickly and easily, but also be able to play most media file formats, too. What would you suggest? DVD players don't support external storage devices for playing video/audio.

If they don't have enough inputs to support a media player and a DVD I suggest getting them a switch. Your other option is to research and find a BD player that has local playback options.

aaronwt
June 9th, 2011, 09:57 AM
Well... My parents wanted to buy some media/DVD player. I persuaded them that Boxee Box is the best choice, they had agreed until they found out they can't play DVDs with it. Making ISO images and playing them is not the good idea for them, since they're not that friendly with computers, and they prefer using things quickly and easily, but also be able to play most media file formats, too. What would you suggest? DVD players don't support external storage devices for playing video/audio.

Just put the Disc in a PC DVD rom drive and share the drive over the network. You can also do the same thing with a BD and a BD rom drive. Sharing it takes only a few seconds and then you just access through the file browser menu on the Boxee Box.

WasGTIguy
June 9th, 2011, 10:41 AM
I wonder if the HD-DVD off the Xbox360 would hook up to the Boxee.

gmd024
June 9th, 2011, 10:42 AM
Just put the Disc in a PC DVD rom drive and share the drive over the network. You can also do the same thing with a BD and a BD rom drive. Sharing it takes only a few seconds and then you just access through the file browser menu on the Boxee Box.

This works fine with unprotected media/physical disks - or using the original DVD/BD with AnyDVD/HD running in the background, as mentioned previously in this thread - if you're running original media on your system without AnyDVD running, please let us in on your secret :)

gmd024
June 9th, 2011, 10:46 AM
I wonder if the HD-DVD off the Xbox360 would hook up to the Boxee.

Possibly over the network, but I would doubt it - I don't have an Xbox to try it with - it's been my experience that running a USB directly connected optical drive on the BBox has been a 'no-go' for me

WasGTIguy
June 9th, 2011, 11:13 AM
Possibly over the network, but I would doubt it - I don't have an Xbox to try it with - it's been my experience that running a USB directly connected optical drive on the BBox has been a 'no-go' for me


I just tried it directly connected to the BB and it's a no go. Meh, I figured as much

NotTooBright
June 9th, 2011, 11:22 AM
Well... My parents wanted to buy some media/DVD player. I persuaded them that Boxee Box is the best choice, they had agreed until they found out they can't play DVDs with it. Making ISO images and playing them is not the good idea for them, since they're not that friendly with computers, and they prefer using things quickly and easily, but also be able to play most media file formats, too. What would you suggest? DVD players don't support external storage devices for playing video/audio.

If they aren't interested in the pc side or LAN capability, why not just get them a BluRay player with good Internet apps? Before I got Boxee Box, I picked up a SonyBDP-S370. I think a unit like that would do well for them.

aaronwt
June 9th, 2011, 12:24 PM
This works fine with unprotected media/physical disks - or using the original DVD/BD with AnyDVD/HD running in the background, as mentioned previously in this thread - if you're running original media on your system without AnyDVD running, please let us in on your secret :)

I didn't think about that. I run Any DVD HD on every netbook, laptop, and desktop PC I use.

gmd024
June 9th, 2011, 12:36 PM
I didn't think about that. I run Any DVD HD on every netbook, laptop, and desktop PC I use.

Yah - I guess if you have AnyDVD set to Autostart you wouldn't think about it very often