I’m very annoyed by the fact that I spend $30+ to purchase a Blu-ray movie and yet still forced to watched advertisements, trailers, and FBI warnings. Several years ago, SlySoft released a version of AnyDVD that allowed users to overcome these User Prohibited Actions for regular DVDs. Today they announced version 18.104.22.168 of AnyDVD HD that gives users the same features for Blu-ray.
AnyDVD is a program that runs in the background on your Windows computer. When a DVD or Blu-ray disc is inserted, it dynamically re-authors the content of the disk so that when you use your favorite DVD or Blu-Ray software player, all of the annoying “features” are automatically missing — you jump straight to the Main Menu or directly to the start of the movie (you decide.)
Unfortunately, this on one of the few reasons to use a Windows computer as a Blu-ray player. I’m still waiting for a solution to output full-quality HD Audio over an HDMI cable (currently only DVD-quality PCM sound is possible.) I’d also love to see Blu-ray integration into Windows Media Center — you shouldn’t have to launch an external program to play a Blu-ray movie. So unless automatically removing annoying advertisements is your #1 priority, a Sony PS3 is still probably the best current choice for a Blu-ray player.