Windows/Mac: HandBrake is the best tool for burning DVDs and converting video files on both Windows and Mac, and after 13 years in development, it has finally hit version 1.0.
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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.
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.
Quickflix has announced a new range of subscription plans which provide "unlimited" access to a library of 60,000 movies and TV shows via a combination of video streaming and DVD/Blu-ray rentals. Pricing starts at $14.99 per month with no lock-in contracts. Here's how the new deals compare to other options on the market.
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?
If you want to take your movies with you on the road or ditch your physical discs to save space, you'll need to rip them first. Thankfully, there are plenty of great utilities designed to make the process easy and give you files that are playable on any device you choose. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.
A lot of laptops come without DVD drives these days, including super-thin ultrabooks and Apple's new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. If you're worried about getting by, don't: with these tips, you'll never even realise it's gone.
One final and possibly unwelcome clarification on media options in Windows 8. If you don't install Windows 8 Pro and also buy into the Media Center upgrade, your computer may not play DVDs any more.
I tested out movie rental service Quickflix earlier this year by taking advantage of a bargain-priced trial offer. If you want to give it a go with even less risk, there's a six-week free trial running at the moment.