Disabling BD-Live on your Blu-ray Player Home Theater

How to Disable BD-Live On Your Blu-ray Player

I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, but I never use BD-Live. I just don’t, and I can’t stand to watch that animated icon appear on the screen that tells me it’s loading up the BD-Live content each time I put a movie into my Blu-ray player. As it turns out, you don’t have to deal with that. You can disable BD-Live simply by not allowing your player to connect to the Internet for Blu-ray disc content.

What is BD-Live?

BD-Live is a Blu-ray player standard lets you download extra content for your Blu-ray movie via the Internet. This can be in the form of extra features, or even commentaries or user-generated content. BD-Live was designed to open up your Blu-ray disc to the cloud.

I highly recommend disabling BD-Live on your player as most BD-Live content to-date has been extremely disappointing an underdeveloped. Consequently, most BD-Live content goes unwatched and unused by consumers.

How to Disable BD-Live Step by Step

Here are the steps to disable BD-Live on your Blu-ray player. The steps differ from player to player, but these general steps will get you in the ball park:

Step 1

Turn your Blu-ray player on and wait for the logo or main menu screen to show up.

Step 2

Press the Settings or Setup button on the remote, or navigate to the Setup or Settings menu on the main screen (if there is one).

Step 3

Navigate to Network Setup or otherwise get yourself to the “BD Live Internet Access” or “BD-Live Network Access” settings option.

Step 4

Press the “Enter/Select/OK” button to select this sub-menu option and set it to “Do not Allow” or “Off”.

BD-Live will no longer be allowed to connect to the Internet automatically and download content to your Blu-ray player.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t affect the fact that Blu-ray players will require you to occasionally update the security for various discs in order to update the copyright information stored in the player. Disabling BD-Live has nothing to do with this (which typically requires a firmware update).

If you’ve got anything to add to these instructions (or for some reason they didn’t work for you) please let us know by leaving a comment below so we can improve our help guides.

2 Comments on How to Disable BD-Live On Your Blu-ray Player

  1. Oliver

    How come every time I watch a DVD. A sentence at the bottom says other options and says, “There are other ways to watch this movie.” Does that mean I’m still connected to the internet even though I prohibited BD-LIVE connection?

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