Insignia NS-WBRDVD Blu-Ray Player Can Play xvid

If you’re like me and you picked up the cheap Insignia NS-WBRDVD Blu-Ray player from Best Buy and were a little upset that it doesn’t support xvid/divx then you’re in luck. Obviously I’m not the first person to figure this out since I found it posted somewhere (can’t remember where), but there’s a quick and easy way to get this Blu-Ray player to play xvid movies off of a DVD-+R. This may also work for a removable USB thumb drive, but I’m not sure as I don’t have a large enough one to test with.

The first thing you need to do is rename the extension on your xvid file from .avi to .wmv… and that’s it, burn the file to a disc. When I did this I copied the files to a new folder, then renamed them, but you can just rename the original file back to .avi when the burn is done and everything will be fine. You can also burn multiple files to the same disc and when you load the DVD into the player it will allow you to select which file to play.

The only problem I ran into, which could have been the movie I was playing, but the aspect ratio was off a little bit. It could have been like that for a number of reasons, but it wasn’t distracting enough to annoy me. Now the next step is to somehow figure out how to get the Blu-Ray player to see the iMac on the network so I can just stream the files instead of having to burn discs. Anyone have any ideas?

Update: So I went to burn another disc of Xvid movies to play on this blu-ray player and completely forgot to rename the files to .wmv and everything played just fine. So it seems as though this article is pointless and you can just play the files as is without having to do any fancy renaming.