Updating power dvd
The time when Cyberlink releases the latest version of its venerable and powerful software video/multimedia player, Power DVD (0 MSRP, available as a download or physical disc at Amazon).
The big news this time around is media-casting support, so you can stream audio and video to Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast devices on your network.
On the audio side of the coin, the news is support for high-resolution DSD (Direct Stream Digital) audio files.
Those are all great improvements, but why would you need something like Power DVD when there are plenty of free players out there, such as Windows Media Player/Movies & TV, Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, VLC, and others? Power DVD is one of the only Windows programs that can play Blu-ray discs, including 3D Blu-ray.
You can browse those services without ever opening a browser, and you can even extract the audio, or “pin” a video for offline playback.
Cyberlink did a nice job updating the full-screen, 10-foot interface.
It’s easy to navigate, the functionality is logically laid out, and you can switch back to “PC Mode” anytime you like.
Beyond that, it’s much like any other interface you use with a remote control.
Speaking of which, a free remote app is available for both Android and i OS smartphones and tablets. I have a long-standing request in with Cyberlink for something along the lines of Windows Media Player's SRS Tru Bass and Wow, which are psychoacoustic enhancements that deliver fuller bass response and a sense of spaciousness.
They're highly addictive effects when applied to older material, and they're the reason I still use WMP for music playback.