Blu-Ray

CyberLink's PowerDVD 17, introduced in April 2017, was the first software player to bring UltraHD Blu-ray playback to the PC market (albeit, with plenty of hardware restrictions). We also took it for a hands-on test drive in our article on building a 4K home-theater PC setup. CyberLink made PowerDVD 18 official a few weeks back. While the major features - UltraHD Blu-ray playback and support for virtual reality head-mounted devices (VR HMDs) - remains essentially the same, the company has introduced a number of interesting value additions. On the home-theater front, PowerDVD 18 brings the ability to play back Blu-ray titles on non-16:9 displays without letterboxing. While PowerDVD 17 could play back HDR Blu-ray titles, it unfortunately didn't support HDR from online sources such as YouTube...

Silverstone Launches TOB03 ODD: 9.5-mm CD/DVD/BD/BDXL Burner

SilverStone has introduced its first ultra-slim ODD that can read and record CD, DVD, Blu-ray and BDXL media. The drive is not a technological breakthrough, but it is going...

13 by Anton Shilov on 8/21/2017

CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 17 with UHD Blu-ray and VR HMD Support

CyberLink has been regularly updating their multimedia playback software / PC DVD & Blu-ray players. While ArcSoft dropped out of the software Blu-ray player market a few years back...

29 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2017

Blu-ray Disc Association Completes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification

Yesterday the Blu-ray Disc Association formally completed the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification. The specification has been under development for some time, with the first information about it being released...

37 by Brandon Chester on 5/13/2015

CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 14 with HEVC Support

A couple of years back, we reviewed CyberLink's PowerDVD 12 in detail. At that time, support for the mobile ecosystem was one of the most important targets for CyberLink...

37 by Ganesh T S on 4/8/2014

Cinavia DRM: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Blu-ray’s Self-Destruction

DRM (Digital Rights Management) is intended to protect media from being played in an unauthorized manner. However, more often than not, it fails to serve the purpose. Today, we...

119 by Ganesh T S on 3/21/2012

CyberLink PowerDVD 12: Complementing Your Mobile Lifestyle

Software Blu-ray / DVD players are bundled with almost all OEM PCs and a necessity for consumers who want to enjoy their commercial optical media in the most legal...

42 by Ganesh T S on 1/31/2012

VLC 'Hack' for Encrypted Blu-ray Playback Capability

VLC is one of the most widely used media players. It was one of the first open source media players to get encrypted DVD playback capability, and now, it...

28 by Ganesh T S on 1/23/2012

Syabas Launches Popcorn Hour C-300

Syabas launched the second generation version of their BDA licensed unit, the Popcorn Hour C-300 today. The previous version was based on Sigma's SMP 8643, and the C-300 is based...

6 by Ganesh T S on 12/6/2011

Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-Ray Player with Google TV Review

Google TV launched to high expectations a couple of months back. Users have slowly come to terms with the capabilities of the software as well as the underlying hardware...

20 by Andrew Van Til on 11/29/2010

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