Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Dec 2009 00:18 UTC
Mac OS X MacNN has just published an important news item regarding the future of the Mac OS X version of the VLC mdia player. According to VLC's developers, the Mac version is at risk of being discontinued due to a lack of developers. Update: The VLC developers claim that Apple is working against them: "Apple doesn't want us on the Mac platform and is blocking us a lot, and refuses to explain why."
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Region free alternative?
by rajan r on Thu 17th Dec 2009 18:07 UTC
rajan r
Member since:
2005-07-27

One thing I will keep going back to VLC for is the fact that it can play DVDs on my Mac even when its from a different region. Short of doing something funky to the optical drive's firmware, if VLC degenerates, what alternative is there?

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RE: Region free alternative?
by siraf72 on Thu 17th Dec 2009 18:25 in reply to "Region free alternative?"
siraf72 Member since:
2006-02-22

MPlayer? I'm not sure, but can't it play DVDs as well?

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RE: Region free alternative?
by darknexus on Thu 17th Dec 2009 18:31 in reply to "Region free alternative?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

You're firmware must not have a region lockout then, since VLC cannot bypass that. My Mac's drive has a hardware region lock and believe me I've tried everything including VLC to get around it. No luck. That means your region lock is imposed by software, probably by OS X itself. There used to be a software called DVD Region X that would disable this, but I'm not sure if it's still around as it was useless for me.
That being said, if you don't mind the CLI you can get mplayer from macports and that will play DVDs just as VLC does. There used to be a GUI version of Mplayer and Mencoder, but last I checked they hadn't been updated in a few years and were still using 0.7, which is so out of date as to be almost useless.

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