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Ask LH: Which Blu-Ray Burner Should I Buy?

Dear Lifehacker, since January of this year I’ve been looking to buy an external Blu Ray burner so I can burn Blu-rays and DVDs to watch on my TV. Every site has their own “Top 10” but they’re all different. I’m not looking for the greatest, but at the same time I don’t want to spend 20 bucks on a piece of junk. I’m on an iMac that’s only a year old — so it’s not an outdated paperweight.

Can You Tell The Difference Between 720p, 1080p, And 4K? This Chart Can Tell You

When I rip my Blu-Ray discs for my home theatre PC, I’m always debating whether to rip in 720p or 1080p. Can I really see the difference?

Ask LH: Why Is Renting Blu-ray Movies So Hard These Days?

Hey Lifehacker, Back in the day (2010!), I could go to my local Video Busters and rent a new release Blu-ray for $3. I could browse, select my movie, and watch it that night. Life was good.

Dealhacker: The Cheapest Place To Buy Game Of Thrones Season 4 On Blu-ray And DVD

The fourth season of HBO’s fantasy TV series Game Of Thrones finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week. We take a look at the different versions that are available, the special features on each disc and the cheapest places to pick it up locally.

Blu-ray Is Nearly Dead In The Water

The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) has released its market data for 2014. In a trend that will surprise few Lifehacker readers, physical disc sales continue to dwindle. What’s more surprising is that the decline was roughly identical in the Blu-ray (BD) and DVD categories. Could the era of Full HD physical media be almost over?

Disc-2-Digital Will Put Your Blu-ray And DVD Discs In The Cloud For A Stupidly Large Fee

While it’s not particularly difficult to rip Blu-rays or DVDs, it’s technically illegal to do so in Australia. Disc-2-Digital is a service that creates legal, cloud-accessible versions of movies you own on physical media — but you’ll pay for the privilege.

Ask LH: Is It Illegal To Rip Bluray Discs I Paid For?

Hey Lifehacker, I would like to know what the law says about this situation: I bought a Blu-ray disc and now I want to make a digital copy of it so I can put it on my home media server. Is it illegal for me to download a copy of the movie, even if I have already bought it?

Ask LH: What's The Point Of UltraViolet?

I consider myself a little unusual as I purchase DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Some I have purchased recently proudly state on the packet DVD+UltraViolet or BluRay+UltraViolet. What is UltraViolet, and why should I care? As it stands, anything I want format shifted I do with HandBrake, and my home bandwidth means streaming isn’t really practical.

This Muppet Video Reminds You That Blu-ray Really Can Be Better

Sometimes when you’re repurchasing a cherished movie on Blu-ray which you have previously owned on DVD and which your parents once taped for you off the TV, you wonder whether it’s worth the investment. This video — showing the picture quality differences for the recently-issued Blu-ray of 1979 classic The Muppet Movie — shows us that there really can be benefits in upgrading.

Ask LH: Can I Get DRM-Free Movies And TV Shows Without Pirating?

Dear Lifehacker, I want to build an awesome media centre and download digital copies of my movies and TV shows, but everything is riddled with DRM these days. I don’t want to pirate shows. Is there any legal way to get DRM-free movies and TV on my media centre?

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