It's been well over a year since Cyberlink released a new version of its venerable PowerDVD software, but now version 13 has arrived sporting a shiny new look, 4K support and a fresh media upconverting trick. Among the UI highlights are: a dedicated movie library, the addition of cover art for movies and music, a mini music player and the ability to customize hotkeys and mouse controls. Oh, and the app is built to auto-scale the interface to play nice with hi-res Retina displays, too.
As with the prior version, PowerDVD 13 uses Cyberlink's TrueTheater video technology to enhance picture quality but now it can apply that black magic to 1080p and Blu-ray video as well. Rounding out the enhancements is a BD-Live bypass feature that lets users avoid the interminable load times that normally accompany so equipped Blu-ray discs. It works on Windows 7 and 8 and will set you back $99 for the full-fledged Ultra version. The best news? Forking over that hundred bucks also gets you the PowerDVD Mobile and Remote apps for iOS and Android for free.
CyberLink Unveils PowerDVD 13: The World's Most Popular Cross-Platform Multimedia Playback Solution
Newest version of industry standard media player offers industry's most comprehensive options to enjoy media across all digital devices, includes support for 4K ultra HD, converts videos beyond Blu-ray quality, and is UltraVioletTM ready
Taipei, Taiwan-April 2, 2013- CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today launched PowerDVD 13, the latest version of the market-leading media player for Blu-ray, 3D & HD content. With shipments of more than 100 million players annually, PowerDVD is the world's pre-eminent movie and media player.
The world's first and only cross-platform playback solution, PowerDVD 13 adds mobility to playback with support for leading tablets and smart phones. With improved TrueTheater enhancements, all content – even Blu-ray movies – can be enjoyed in a better-than original quality. New UltraVioletTM digital download support will provide cloud-based access to movies and TV shows in countries where the service becomes available. Offering unrivaled format support and instant startup, PowerDVD 13 meets all digital media's user needs.
"We are witnessing a stunning revolution in how people access, share and consume digital media. Throughout our long history, CyberLink has paced this revolution, and this newest version of PowerDVD radically changes the way consumers integrate, experience and control their multimedia universe." said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "PowerDVD 13 not only empowers people to take full advantage of the fast-changing mobile ecosystem, but our proprietary TrueTheater technology lets them enjoy all media at amazing, better- than-original quality."
Connected Digital Lifestyle PowerDVD 13 Ultra comes with more than 60 new and enhanced features including new file playback in Cinema mode and CyberLink TrueTheater® enhancements that let users improve quality of videos, beyond HD and even Blu-ray. Highlighted new capabilities include:
Video Beyond HD - CyberLink's unique TrueTheater HD delivers advanced edge, color and lighting enhancement technologies to take Blu-ray and HD digital movies well beyond their original quality. Consumers can now enjoy richer, sharper video, particularly on larger screens.
Speed and Responsiveness with Industry-Leading Startup Times – A new architecture and application optimization delivers the fastest, most responsive PowerDVD ever. Blu-ray movies now start up to 58% faster with CyberLink's innovative BD-Live bypass option. Photo, video and music playback start instantly, eliminating the need for any other media player.
Universal player – PowerDVD supports all popular video, audio, photo and music formats from discs or files, including new AVCHD 2.0, lossless APE audio, 4K and MKV, and comes with a new mini player mode for music.
Across Devices - In addition to Apple and, Android smartphones and tablets, PowerDVD Mobile is now available for Windows 8 tablets – the only multimedia software to support MKV and DTS playback under Windows 8. PowerDVD 13 users can stream and copy content seamlessly across connected devices on home networks.
All New Movie Library - The new dedicated Movie Library enriches users' movie collections with key information such as cover art, plot synopses and reviews curated from leading entertainment websites as well as CyberLink's popular online community, MoovieLive.com.
Additional enhancements - PowerDVD 13 comes with a wide range of new and improved technologies – all designed to enhance the playback experience including: High DPI mode; auto TV's refresh rate for DVDs; enhanced DLNA compatibility; a new subtitle rendering engine; folder drag-and drop support for starting playback; new playback controls and much more.
PowerDVD 13 is available today from the CyberLink online store in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese.
Versions and Pricing
PowerDVD 13 Ultra: US $99.95
PowerDVD 13 Pro: US $79.95
PowerDVD 13 Deluxe: US $54.95
Upgrades from previous PowerDVD versions are available starting at $39.95
PowerDVD Mobile and PowerDVD Remote can be found on the Apple Store and Google Play Store. PowerDVD Mobile for Windows 8 is available from the Windows Store.
PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra (PowerDVD 13 Ultra users): FREE
PowerDVD Mobile (PowerDVD 13 Pro/Deluxe version users) iOS/Android: US$19.99
PowerDVD Mobile (PowerDVD 13 Pro/ Deluxe version users) Windows 8: US$14.99
PowerDVD Remote (for PowerDVD 13 users): FREE
For more information, please visit www.cyberlink.com.