PowerDVD

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PowerDVD
PowerDVD Logo
Developer(s) CyberLink
Initial release 1998; 16 years ago (1998)
Stable release 14.0 build 4412 (September 8, 2014; 42 days ago (2014-09-08)[1][2]) [±]
Preview release none [±]
Operating system Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Type media player
License Proprietary commercial software
Website www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/overview_en_US.html

CyberLink PowerDVD is a media player for Microsoft Windows providing DVD playback, with Blu-ray playback available in higher editions. The current version, PowerDVD 14, is available in three editions: PowerDVD 14 Standard (DVD only), PowerDVD 14 Pro (Blu-ray playback) or PowerDVD 14 Ultra (Blu-ray 3D playback).[3]

PowerDVD is distributed on physical media or by download from the CyberLink website. It is often bundled with a variety of PC systems and peripheral devices (particularly optical drives)[4][5][6] a strategy which has enabled CyberLink to claim it as "the market's #1 media playback product with annual distribution of over 100 million units".[7]

PowerDVD Live was introduced in 2013, as an annual- or quarterly-fee subscription model including cloud storage, similar to Adobe Creative Cloud, under which consumers could ensure they remain on the latest version while paying but would lose the ability to use the software if their subscription lapsed.[7]

PowerDVD was the first Blu-ray 3D software player to achieve certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) under the new Blu-ray 3D standard (Profile 5.0).[8]

Features[edit]

  • DVD and Blu-ray disc playback.
  • DTS-HD 7.1 channel surround sound.
  • Upscaling of DVDs and standard definition video files to HD, including videos from YouTube
  • Support for 3D photos and movies, including Blu-ray 3D.
  • GPU-accelerated conversion of 2D movies into 3D.
  • MoovieLive.com, a CyberLink "web site for collection information and reviews on films played back using the application" that "acts much like CDDB does for CDs, querying the MoovieLive service and downloading any pertinent information on it such as its title, a rating, how many others have watched this movie and so on."[10]
  • MovieMarks, which combines bookmarked movie scenes and review comments which can be shared online via MoovieLive.com.
  • Live Comments, which lets PowerDVD users post opinions and comments to Facebook, Twitter and MoovieLive while a movie is playing.
  • PowerDVD Remote for control of playback in PowerDVD with an iOS or Android device
  • PowerDVD Mobile for streaming playback of content from the PC on an Android or iOS device, and transcoding content to copy to the device.

Limitations[edit]

To watch Blu-ray in PowerDVD 11 or above, the user's computer must be HDCP compliant, with an appropriate videocard, cable and monitor; there is no such limitation on version 10 and earlier releases, and so VGA, composite or S-Video interfaces can be used to connect monitor or TV to PC. When installed on laptops, this limitation doesn't apply, but newer Blu-ray protected discs can be played only in more recent versions and most of the time need an Internet connection to do so.

HD DVD support is not available since PowerDVD 9.

Version history[edit]

Version Release date EOL date Latest patch
14 2014-04-08[11] 2014-09-08, build 4412
13 2013-04-02[12] 2014-08-03, build 4303
12 2012-01-31[13] 2013-12-11, build 3519
11 2011-04-18[14] 2014-02-25, build 5012
10 2010-03-17[15] 2014-02-25[16] 2013-12-11, build 5816
9 2009-03-02[17] 2011-06[16] 2011-05-18, build 4105
8 2008-04-02[18] 2010-04[16] 2010-04-21, build 3228
7 2006-05-04[19] 2009[16] 2008-01-04, build 3613
6 2004-11-08[20] 2007-11-12, build 3430
5 2003-06-18[21] 2007-11-12, build 3430
4.0 XP 2001-11-05[22] 2003-08-22
3.0 2000-11-06[23] 2001-10-15
2.5 1999-12[24] 2000-03-23, v2.55
1 1998[7]

Criticism[edit]

CyberLink supports PowerDVD with updates for a limited time after a version is released, which became a problem once Blu-ray Disc support was included with the release of PowerDVD 7 Ultra in December 2009:[25] Blu-ray copy protection requires player software or firmware to be updated periodically to allow playback of newer discs.[26] For CyberLink customers wanting to watch a Blu-ray Disc mastered after the date on which their version of PowerDVD went EOL, this means they might be unable to do so until they have upgraded to a newer release of PowerDVD.[27] Since version 9, the software provides notification if an unplayable disc is inserted: users with a version still in support are prompted by this notification to update to the latest patch, those with a version that is EOL are prompted to upgrade to the current release and on clicking are taken to the CyberLink website to buy a copy of the current version at a discount.

Versions 7 Ultra, 8 and 9 were updated for only 12, 24 and 26 months respectively, and this requirement to buy a new PowerDVD release every other year for continued Blu-ray capability led to many complaints about incompatibility from users of PowerDVD 9 and earlier when Star Wars was first released on Blu-ray.[28] Subsequently, versions 10 and 11 have continued to receive updates for longer than the previous three versions did, and the support notice for the EOL of version 10 directed customers with "PowerDVD 10 Ultra retail version installed" to "download and install an update to PowerDVD 11 Ultra", essentially a free upgrade for customers with the highest-tier version, after 47 months of support for version 10.

DVD Audio support is not available in version 11. Support stopped during version 9, although Cyberlink advertised versions 9 and 10 as being able to play DVD Audio discs. Cyberlink has refused to offer assistance to customers who bought versions 10 and 11 believing they could play back DVD Audio discs using them.[citation needed]

For users with international disks, PowerDVD does not have an option to set preferred languages or disk menus. This causes serious issues with Japanese Blu-ray disks of international titles, as PowerDVD often ignores the Japanese menus in favor of the primary (non-Japanese) menu. There is no fix offered by Cyberlink other than to switch versions to a Japanese one.

Decoders[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cyberlink.com/downloads/support/powerdvd/patches_en_US.html PowerDVD Patches & Support
  2. ^ http://forum.cyberlink.com/forum/posts/list/38288.page CyberLink Official Forum - PowerDVD 14 is Now Available!
  3. ^ "PowerDVD 14 Pro - Comparison - Compare all PowerDVD versions". Cyberlink.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Software Bundle | LG GH22LP20 22x "Super-Multi" DVD±RW/RAM | Reviews". CDRLabs.com. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  5. ^ Panasonic DVDBurner Bundled With CyberLink's PowerDVD & PowerVCR II | DVD News | Find Articles at BNET[dead link]
  6. ^ CDRInfo.COM Team (2006-11-28). "PowerDVD HD264 Bundled with High-definition Gigabyte Graphics Card Solution". Cdrinfo.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  7. ^ a b c "CyberLinke's Milestones". Cyberlink. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.pcworld.com/article/2032812/review-powerdvd-13-ultra-media-player-is-loaded-with-under-the-hood-improvements.html
  10. ^ http://www.elitebastards.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=704&Itemid=27&limitstart=2
  11. ^ "CyberLink Official Forum - PowerDVD 14 is Now Available!". Cyberlink. 8 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "CyberLink Unveils PowerDVD 13: The World’s Most Popular Cross-Platform Multimedia Playback Solution". Cyberlink. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "CyberLink Unveils PowerDVD 12 Ultra, Extends the World's Leading Blu-Ray & Media Player to the iPhone, iPad and Android Devices". Cyberlink. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 11 – the Universal Player for All Your Media on PC, Device, Home & Social Cloud". Cyberlink. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 10 - The Universal Player to Upgrade All Your Media Experience to HD and 3D". Cyberlink. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d "PowerDVD Updates". Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "CyberLink Releases PowerDVD 9". Cyberlink. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 8, Introducing New Ways to Enjoy Movies". Cyberlink. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 7 With High-Definition H.264 Playback and Advanced Features for DVD Enthusiasts". Cyberlink. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "CyberLink PowerDVD 6 Delivers the #1 DVD Experience on the PC with Unsurpassed Video and Audio Quality". Cyberlink. 8 November 2004. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "CyberLink PowerDVD 5 Takes a Giant Leap in Advancing DVD Technologies". Cyberlink. 18 June 2003. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "CyberLink Launches New Version of Flagship Software Application: PowerDVD XP 4.0". Cyberlink. 5 November 2001. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "CyberLink Releases PowerDVD 3.0 Perfecting Personalized Home Cinema on the PC". Cyberlink. 6 November 2000. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "CyberLink and eMachines' Strikes a Partnership to Give Consumers an Unbeatable Combo of PowerDVD Playback Software and eTower and eMonster Hardware". Cyberlink. 8 December 1999. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "CyberLink Launches PowerDVD Ultra for Playback of HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs newer Blu-ray Disc releases". Cyberlink. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Bluray Players: What Is Firmware And Why Are Updates Needed?". Samsung. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "As the development phase of CyberLink PowerDVD 9 Ultra retail version has now ended, there will be no further Blu-ray Disc compatibility updates for this version. Any Blu-ray Disc titles released after 2011 June may not be compatible with CyberLink PowerDVD 9 Ultra retail version." PowerDVD 9 was released in June 2009.
  28. ^ PowerDVD Ultra 9 (8, 7, etc.) won't play the Star Wars blu-rays

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