My experience has been that most Blu-ray and DVD drives are not very reliable. After spending a lot of money on high priced drives that would only last 12 - 18 months I gave up. Now I just consider them a consumable item that'll need to be replace quite often and go with Lite-on or ASUS.
You'll need some software to play. Sometimes the drives come with software but the easiest most trouble free way is bite the bullet and spend ~$80 on some good software. Personally I like CyberLink PowerDVD have also used Nero. I not tried ArcSoft Total Media Center but hear it is very good.
That is just what I found most disappointing about the expensive drives I've purchased in the past. I really didn't use them all that much (perhaps that why they didn't last long) maybe 5 - 6 times a month. Sometimes I'd go 3 - 4 months without using them only to place a disc in and find out they would no longer work.
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Don't know if this is posted in correct section as I am new here so please bare with me.
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