Playing DVD's?

macOS & Mac Apps

I understand that CD's and DVD's and heck, even to some extent, bluray, physical media discs are kind of becoming dead/a thing of the past, however, I didn't come here to have you all tell me that, so with all due respect, if all you think you can say is, "Why are you using DVd's? They're old school. NO one uses them anymore," then please just refrain from posting your comment. I only want to hear from people who really get it, that just maybe someone out there still enjoys using physical media from time to time.

Anyway, that said, now that Apple has done away with the DVD player app which used to come with OSX, I think maybe either Yosemite or maybe even Mavericks was the last version which included it... what now are people using to watch DVD's since nothing's including natively anymore? I know about VLC, and I know that absolutely 100% will do the trick just fine, but I was curious if that was the app most of you all now use for doing this? I know most systems now don't even have optycal drives anymore. Again, I'm not here to be told, "Get out of the stone age. DVD's and CD's are dead! Who needs a CD drive anymore?" I am perfectly aware of the digital age. In fact, I own a Toshiba Amazon Fire TV, a Roku Ultra, an Apple TV 3rd Gen, 2 Apple TV 4th Gens, and one Apple TV 5th gen. Plus, I use Netflix, and other video apps all the time on my phone/iPad. It's not that I don't want to go totally digital. But when you have from your past collection literally over 6 to 700 literally speaking DVD's, and music wise, about literally speaking 4,500 store bought CD's, it's not exactly easy to just drop all of them down the drain. So please keep that in mind when responding. Maybe I'm set in my ways, but that's just how I am. Hopefully know one'll make fun of me for it.



Submitted by J.P. on Monday, October 21, 2019

I have a Philips 4K Blu-ray player. Plays Blu-ray, CD,DVD. I chose them because of built in screenreader. Very easy to use and setup.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Monday, October 21, 2019

Thank you for your comment, however, really at the end of the day, with all due respect, that really doesn't at all answer my question. I'm not asking about 3rd party stand-alone players, with or without screen reader built in support. Although, I'll keep this in mind if I ever decide to get a stand-alone. Again, I'm asking what apps specifically on the mac are best for this aside from the obvious of VLC. I appreciate your submission, please do not at all get me wrong here. I value your input. Please though can we stay at the heart of my initial question going forward?

Submitted by Blade Runner on Monday, October 21, 2019

DVD Player is still there.
If you insert a DVD, it will launch as before. If you want to launch it manually, you can find it with spotlight. In Spotlight, pressing command-enter on a search result will open the finder location. It is now in System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Monday, October 21, 2019

I just looked on my end with two of my macs, one on Sierra 10.12, and one on Catalina 10.15. In both cases, I do not see the DVD player at all. When I went to the path mentioned, DVD isn't there. Spotlight isn't coming up with anything either on either of the two machines.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

dvd player is a hidden app i would guess. Its still there, but you cant see it as you usually do