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BS.Player

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BS.Player is a free video and media player that's been around in several versions for some time. It's a capable tool with lots of options and some useful specializations, such as automatically scanning your system for missing codecs and downloading and installing them. It's got some clunkiness, though, and it displays a nag message overlay when you play videos. It's only on the screen for a few seconds (though it seems longer) but all it does is tell you that BS.Player is free for noncommercial use.

BS.Player's installer has several options, including associating supported media files, which we declined. But it also scanned our system and identified a number of necessary and recommended codecs and offered to install them, which we accepted. These are familiar freeware media codecs like Haali Media Splitter. BS.Player splits its interface into two parts: a control panel and a video window. The compact console has the usual controls and displays (title, timer, etc.) plus a right-side menu with expandable controls for configuring and playing Video, DVD, Audio, Radio, and TV. A Menu next to the Minimize button opened an extensive file of commands, options, and features, including FAQs, a wiki, a forum, and updates, but no manual or Help file. You can reskin the console, too. We previewed the available skins but found them like the main theme, a bit garish and with styling cues taken from game controllers.

BS.Player can play just about anything, though that's also true of its principle competitors, which also rival it in options (and beat it soundly in looks). But BS.Player isn't particularly intuitive, either; for instance, when our first video finished playing, we looked around for a way to close the video screen before finally resorting to the menu. An autohiding Exit button on the window or a Close File button on the console would be welcome additions. But, bottom line: a free video player that plasters its so-called freeness over your video in an onscreen message you can't defeat isn't free in our book, or worth our time -- not with so many excellent free media players a click away.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.3 stars

    out of 126 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 12 votes

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    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Cannot play .mov videos"

    August 20, 2011  |   By Holybride

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    Has good interface.

    Cons

    Cannot play .mov videos

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  • 4.0 stars

    "All you need for video playback!"

    August 13, 2011  |   By ZRMaster

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    Detects and offers to install missing codecs.
    Stable.
    No bugs and problems.
    Low on resources.
    Plays well even if u have slow PC.
    Downloads subtitles and uploads subtitles so other bs player users can download it.

    Cons

    Installs toolbar if unchecked.
    Audio playback can be better.
    Conflict with Winamp for extensions.

    Summary

    I have it for 2 years now as default video playback.. I admit that it has some minor problems but i still highly recommend it..

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Decent product"

    July 26, 2011  |   By findail

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    Good quality play back and easy to use.

    Cons

    limited functionality. don't like the way the player operates with two seperate screens. The size of the initial play back on my system is random.. not the last size used and not the original either... I've tried adjusting everything to no avail.

    Summary

    I'd recommend it if needed.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Player"

    July 14, 2011  |   By vertigo35

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    Good player for music and every kind of video

    Cons

    It's perfect. I have no problems using it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great media player"

    June 11, 2011  |   By khaleddahab

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    It opens almost all video formats, including my YoutTube video files that I downloaded before and it can check available subtitles of the movie that it is playing. Easy to use and simple.

    Cons

    It offers to install its toolbar into your web browser (but you can choice not to install it at the installation screen of the BS media player)

    Summary

    Great and free media player to play most of the popular video formats.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the Top 5 Players in my experience."

    May 27, 2011  |  

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    It's free plus BS.Player has an Excellent Reputation for this "MUST HAVE" Player.

    Cons

    I really don't have any issues with this player unless I have corrupted & missing codecs which makes it my mistake not BS.Player. Oh, BSPlayer will let you know what Codecs and Drivers are needed then, will download and install them for you.

    Summary

    Hey, it's your loss if you don't try this Player.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just works."

    May 3, 2011  |   By beermattuk

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    Best thing about this is it's lightweight. I find Winamp, WMplayer and others are so bloated these days, they try to do too much and end up slow and complicated. BSPlayer just sticks to the basics, it's fast, and does all the stuff you need it to.

    Cons

    Not the most elaborate player, but still packs a lot of features in despite it's simplicity.

    Summary

    If you want a simple lightweight player, just to play your music/films without any fancy complicated stuff, this is the one you want.

    Not unnecessarily convolouted like so many others out there, but still does the important stuff.

    (Lots of handy keyboard shortcuts too!)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "still the same .... as before"

    February 21, 2011  |   By martinyk

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    well, works as described

    Cons

    it installed without warning "community toolbar" that hijacked my firefox and messed up my registry. hard to get a rid of the system. how come that download.com editors do not know about that. developers just found a new way how to screw up your pc.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free download for watching HD movies"

    February 17, 2011  |   By stryder_18

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    Great user interface
    Not buggly like most players
    The Automatic Caption Finder works great

    Cons

    Not a huge fan of having the seperated player controls and the in player controls... Just one would have been fine

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  • 2.0 stars

    "BS.PLAYER Maybe good for others but not for me."

    February 7, 2011  |   By leonidasorf

    Version: BS.Player 2.57.1051

    Pros

    BS player.Generaly it's o.k.
    Some thinks are good'RADIO/SUBSFINDER/SKINS/GOOD PLAYER''

    Cons

    I dont like,the flash report on the screen ''its not for commer.bla
    ''Every time you open the BsPlayer.
    This player goes in your system and change your mainplayer options every time and so on.
    THe skins are not working because must do this, do that.

    Summary

    If you like a player for movies and subs
    Gom player.
    Without Trouble.

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