If you have a Kodi (XBMC), you can play lots of video or audio files and other digital media files from local and network storage media. However, you may be disappointed to find that Kodi is unable to play Blu-ray disc due to the lack of built-in Blu-ray decoder. While the good news is that there are some alternative ways to play Blu-ray with Kodi. We are going to introduce 2 workable solutions for you to play Blu-ray on Kodi.
Background Information on Kodi
Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC/Kodi Foundation. Kodi applies to various operating-systems and hardware platforms, characterizing a 10-foot user interface for using with televisions and remote controls. It is impossible for you to play Blu-ray directly with Kodi unless you have something doing on the fly decryption in the background.
Here in this post, I would like to introduce you two ways to play Blu-ray with Kodi. Please read further.
Rip Blu-ray for Kodi Playback with VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper
Firstly, you can rip Blu-ray into Kodi compatible digital formats. For those who are looking for a simple method to play Blu-ray movies on Kodi with just few clicks, what you need is a Blu-ray ripper. Most of the commercial Blu-ray movies are encrypted with complicated protection, then you need a professional and powerful tool to help you strip the encryption. Among thousands of programs on the market, I here sincerely recommend you with VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper.
VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper is equipped with strong decrypting function which can facilitate you to automatically remove the limitations of Blu-ray disc DRM protection including CSS, AACS, CPRM and region code, and then you can convert the content into Kodi playable digital file formats like AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, QuickTime etc. If you want to preserve the original high definition quality of the Blu-ray disc, you are able to save Kodi playable HD file formats like H.264 HD, H.265 HD with best quality and smaller file size. Additionally, you are allowed to edit your converted file according to your preference and create your own stylish video.
Step 1. Load Disc
After installing and launching the VideoSolo BD-DVD Ripper on your computer, insert the Blu-ray disc into your computer's DVD-ROM or just connect your computer to external hard drive before inserting disc, then click "Load Disc > Load BD Disc" to upload the files including Blu-ray movies and ISO.
Step 2. Choose Output Format
Click "Setting" button to select the output format. There are all common video/audio formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, WMV etc. to be selected. You are also allowed to change the parameters like video resolution, bitrate, frame rate as well as audio bitrate etc.
Step 3. Select Destination Folder
Click "Browse" next to the "Convert" button and select a folder to save the converted files for you easy checking.
Step 4. Start Ripping
After all setting is completed, click "Convert" button to begin the conversion process from Blu-ray to Kodi playable HD file formats.
After the conversion, you can click the "Open" button to access to the videos you ripped. Then you are able to stream, output and watch Blu-ray movies with Kodi with the best quality.
Install Blu-ray Addon for Playing Blu-ray on Kodi
The other way to play Blu-ray with Kodi is to use the super repo Kodi addon, which contains an addon called HEVC Blu-ray and can facilitate the streaming of Blu-ray videos.
1. Open Kodi.
2. Open File Manager on the next screen.
3. Click on Add source to add the repository file.
4. On the next screen, a dialog box will open up, then double click on None.
5. Add the path for the repository of http://srp.nu.
6. Give a desired name for the repository file. Here I choose it as super repo.
7. Press ESC key to return to the home screen and tap on Add-on.
8. Find an icon like unzipper on the top left corner, and tap on it.
9. Click on Install from Zip file.
10. Choose the file super repo.
11. Choose the version of Kodi you are using. The latest version is Krypton.
12. Select all on the next screen and tap OK.
13. Choose superrepo.kodi.krypton.all-0.7.04.zip and tap ok.
Once the zip file is installed you will get a notification that super repository addon is installed and ready to use. However, there are several addons available with the repository, you need to choose HEVC Kodi Blu-ray addon so that you can play Blu-ray videos. After the downloading of such addon, you are able to open the addon and enjoy your favorite Blu-ray movies.
All in all, there are the two ways for you to play Blu-ray on Kodi, they are simple and easy-to-use, why not have a try and enjoy your Blu-ray movies with such home media centre.