It's been less than a year since CyberLink revealed PowerDVD 11 and now along comes PowerDVD 12. Among the new features in 12 is the ability to sync media -- we can only assume this excludes protected content -- to PowerDVD Mobile for Android as well as automatically transcode videos for most of the popular mobile devices. Said mobile clients are only free, though, if you opt of the $99 Ultra version of PowerDVD. PowerDVD Mobile is available for everyone else for $19.99, as well as PowerDVD Remote for $4.99. Overall it seems like an iterative update that might not hit the spot at $45 (for an upgrade), but there are other new features like OGG and FLAC support that might just push you over the edge.
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CyberLink Unveils PowerDVD 12 Ultra, Extends the World's Leading Blu-Ray & Media Player to the iPhone, iPad and Android Devices
Universal media player with multi-platform support, providing best enhanced HD & 3D video quality

Taipei, Taiwan-January 31, 2012- CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today launched the new PowerDVD 12 Ultra, the latest version of the world's leading Blu-Ray and Media Player. With its new companion apps PowerDVD Mobile v.4 and PowerDVD Remote v.2, PowerDVD 12 is the ideal single solution for the multi-platform home, as the world's only universal multimedia player to provide a unified solution for the Windows, iOS and Android platforms. Now, users can easily stream, store and share their multimedia content across any device in their home-including iPhones, iPads and Android tablets and smartphones. With enhanced TrueTheater® technology, users can enjoy a unique experience and enrich any content to its best possible HD & 3D quality, including DVDs, low-resolution videos and content from popular social media sites.

"PowerDVD 12 Ultra delivers the total freedom to enjoy all types of media content in enhanced quality on any device at home or on-the-go," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "With the proliferation of devices and operating systems, PowerDVD automatically converts videos at the optimal quality to play on iPads, iPhones and Android devices. PowerDVD 12 Ultra is truly a premium media experience for the consumers."

The latest version of PowerDVD comes with more than 30 new features and additional media format support, including the ability to intelligently sync media gallery content with Android devices, convert Blu-ray movies from 2D to 3D, and deliver 7.1 channel surround sound audio from DTS and Dolby, together with new lossless audio format support for OGG and FLAC files.

Offered free with PowerDVD 12 Ultra, the PowerDVD Mobile device app enables users to effortlessly play, share and wirelessly stream their videos, music and photos from their PCs to portable devices, while PowerDVD Remote lets users control Blu-ray Discs, DVDs and high-definition videos as well as the music and photo playback features in PowerDVD, remotely. Both new apps support Apple iPhones and iPads as well as Android phones and tablets.

Key Features in PowerDVD 12 Ultra

Play Blu-ray, 3D, DVD and any HD media: Whether it's Blu-ray, upscaled DVDs, videos or photos, PowerDVD 12 Ultra can play them all flawlessly with optimized CPU/GPU hardware acceleration; new ultra-fast Instant Seek lets you search for movie scenes in your Blu-ray or DVD movies in a flash.
Turn any media into HD & 3D with TrueTheater® technology: Premium TrueTheater® enhancements upscale DVD movies to HD quality, or turn 2D movies and photos into 3D, including new support to convert Blu-ray movies to 3D.
Enhance player experience for ultimate enjoyment: PowerDVD 12 Ultra provides several enhanced features to provide total flexibility and ease of use for media browsing, including Smart Media Library, Instant Seek, Instant zoom, Instant View and Instant Scale.
Sync media gallery to portable devices: Smart Sync allows users to set up rules for syncing the PowerDVD media library to Android devices automatically; better yet, PowerDVD 12 will automatically choose the best fit video format for your mobile devices.
Social Media – enhanced & convenient: Watch videos from YouTube and view Facebook and Flickr photos and slideshows all from PowerDVD. You can also apply TrueTheater® enhancements to the media for a "better-than-browser" viewing experience.
Product Availability
CyberLink PowerDVD 12 is available today and can be purchased from the CyberLink online store. It is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.

PowerDVD 12 Version
PowerDVD 12 Ultra: US $99.95
PowerDVD 12 Pro: US $79.95
PowerDVD 12 Standard: US $49.95
Upgrade from previous PowerDVD versions are available starting at $44.95

PowerDVD Mobile v.4 and PowerDVD Remote v.2 can be found on the Apple Store and Android Market supporting the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.

PowerDVD Mobile v.4
PowerDVD Mobile v.4 (for PowerDVD 12 Pro/Standard version users US $19.99
PowerDVD Mobile v.4 For Ultra (for PowerDVD 12 Ultra users): FREE

PowerDVD Remote v.2
PowerDVD Remote (for PowerDVD 12 Pro/Standard version users): US $4.99
PowerDVD Remote FREE (for PowerDVD 12 Ultra users): FREE

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