5 Top Media Players for Playing Your Movies

Posted on June 2, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

We now spend a lot of time watching movies and television shows via our web browser but media players still have a huge demand. This is especially true if like me you like to connect you computers and laptops to your TV to use as a media centre.

A computer is a very versatile piece of equipment and can be used to watch programs online, Play DVD`S and play Blu-rays. They can take away the need for multiple devices by doing everything. We look at 5 of the best media players for your computer.


1. VLC Media player – Free (Download

VLC media player is probably now one of the most popular media players available on the internet with a claim that it has been downloaded over 500 million times. VLC media player will play music and almost any movie format that you throw at it. The only downside is that Blu-ray playback is still experimental in VLC 2.0 but is something to look out for in the future. The best thing about this player is that it supports almost all formats, one feature which is not present in all other leading media players at the moment.

The quality is second to none and the application itself is very lightweight and fast. The interface is simple and easy to use and the fact that it is available across all platforms (Mac, Linux, Windows) makes it one of the best media players out there.

Also Read: VLC Player Tricks that you Wouldn’t Be Knowing


2. Windows Media player – Free (Download)

Once upon a time Windows media player was frowned upon as clunky and not very good but to Microsoft’s credit a few years ago they gave the player a overhaul and now it is a pretty good option for playing your movies and music. The other bonus is that no downloads are required as it is already part of the windows operating system.

Unfortunately Windows media player does not allow you to play Blu-ray discs as Blu-ray is a patented technology.

3. Power DVD – Prices vary (Download)

Power DVD has many different versions with the most expensive option allowing you to play pretty much anything from DVD`s to Blu-Rays. The software is not cheap but if you are a movie fan who likes to play his/her movies on their computer than this is likely to be the software for you.

Power DVD has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide so it is a product that is trusted by millions. The software supports both HD and 3D movies (A HD TV or 3D TV is required)


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4. RealPlayer – Free (Download)

RealPlayer was very popular for playing music and movies up until a couple of years ago and has since seen its market share decline a little but it is still popular and useful. The latest design is simple and user friendly with a vast amount of features and best of all it is available for free.

There is a more advanced version that there is a charge for called RealPlayer Plus. This version offers more features and settings for a small charge.

5. Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 (Download)

This piece of software courtesy of Arcsoft is an in one media player that does seem quite expensive at first glance but for those who use their computer to watch HD movies and TV shows it may be a price worth paying. The software is feature packed and allows you to play almost any file.

    • Videos, Blu-ray, DVDs, and AVCHD
    • It can play 2D DVDs, videos, and photo slideshows in 3D
    • SimHD brings videos and DVDs to high definition

Expensive but worth the money if you are looking for a solution for your home theatre setup and they do offer a 15 day trial so you can try it out and see if it suits your needs.

And there you have it our top 5 Media players for your computer. There are many free media players out there but these make our top 5 simply because they are easy to use, light weight and offer the best quality and smooth playback of your movies.

Author Bio

Craig is a computer and technology blogger blogging on anything from the latest technology such as the Raspberry Pi to useful tutorials and guides. Find more posts from Craig at www.computerlearnhow.com.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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