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CyberLink PowerDVD

CNET Editors' review

CyberLink's PowerDVD 14 Ultra isn't cheap for a media player, but compared to the cost of standalone hardware for a home entertainment network, it could be quite a bargain. It's remote-compatible, plays Blu-ray, 3D, and HD video, integrates with your phone and other devices, and keeps you informed about the latest cinema and video releases.

Pros

Previews and short subjects: PowerDVD Ultra's splash screen offers quick links to video tutorials and your media library preferences. Adding media to its library is mostly automatic.

Silver lining: The 10GB of expandable cloud storage that comes free for a year with PowerDVD Ultra can hold a movie or two, as well as music, photos, and backups. Plus it syncs with your phone and other devices.

Top-quality playback: We started with HD previews, since they were on PowerDVD Ultra's front page, and the picture and sound quality are excellent.

Top-quality audio: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Pro Logic IIx, and Digital EX for 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 channels; plus TrueTheater Surround, Dolby Headphone, and more. HDMI 1.4 and lossless Dolby pass-through make for easy hookups to your TV, home theater, or stereo system.

Cons

Great expectations: PowerDVD Ultra's ability to deliver superior performance depends in part on your system's capabilities. Its advantages may not be immediately apparent if you don't have the right setup, though.

Pricey for a PC media player: PowerDVD Ultra performs better and does more than the average media player/manager, and it's often discounted. Nevertheless, some extremely capable freeware gives this paid program a run for its money.

Bottom Line

PowerDVD 14 Ultra isn't cheap, but it's much less expensive than a standalone media server or home-video component. In the right system, a top-of-the-line media player and manager like PowerDVD Ultra can mean the difference between watching Web videos on your PC and a true home theater experience.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of CyberLink PowerDVD 14 Ultra. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good programme and interface,but"

    April 15, 2014  |   By Trumph

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 14

    Pros

    Does what others do not,but in differing ways so hard too Judge.

    Cons

    I had to delete this edition as it was supposed to be an update to my allready installed software,BUT it wanted me too buy, as it was only a trail version.Does interfere with other programmes and jolly hard to alter settings

    Summary

    Wasted my air time units .This programme says FREE like all these scams to download without a mention about being only a trail version.and certainly not an UPGRADE to my software as expected.Not at all Happy Chappy

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No support at all"

    April 15, 2014  |   By DikALex777

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 12

    Pros

    Nice UI, stable, plays every BD I have.

    Cons

    Support never replies to the issues

    Summary

    Whenever I try to activate it, the following error appears:
    You cannot upgrade to Cyberlink Power DVD 14 because you do not have Administrator privileges on this computer. Sign in to Windows as administrator and try again.

    ***??
    I am the administrator!

    What else does it need??
    I tried every option from this page
    http://www.cyberlink.com/support/faq-content.do?id=14588
    no luck!
    How can I activate the product I bought???

    Does Cyberlink support ever replies?
    I created a ticked 5 days ago, but they keep silent...
    Not good at all, I must say.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pricey and unusable"

    February 26, 2014  |   By qwistrod

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 12

    Pros

    There are no pros. Why do I need to express this in more than ten characters?

    Cons

    Extremely slow apparently due to Cyberlink windows services running which need to be disabled in order to play DVDs. Also program needs to be blocked in Windows Firewall. Cyberlink reenables the windows services after updates/upgrades so you have to disable them again. Finally when you've messed around doing all that it can turn out there is no sound. Unreliable. Uninstalled.

    Summary

    Complete waste of money.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not Intuitive"

    December 31, 2013  |   By BoldBear

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 13

    Pros

    Looked like a nice interface.

    Cons

    Mouse didn't work with Blu Ray. I had to go online to understand how to operate from the keyboard. (If it knows that the mouse features won't work maybe they can put some basic keyboard instructions on screen with the message that the mouse won't work.)

    I couldn't get the tracking bubble turned-off. When I'm watching the movie, I don't care about the minutes/hours/seconds and the sound quality.

    Summary

    I really just wanted to push play and watch a movie from my laptop. I don't want to purchase endless upgrades or have to learn any new menu systems. I read programming books. Do I really have to do it for a Blu Ray Player? A player should just be as simple as press play. If the tracking bubble doesn't go away on its own then I should be able to click on it to get it to go away. Even a left mouse click should do the job. Nothing seemed to work. I uninstalled this program from my computer as soon as I could. Red Box can keep their Blu Rays. I'm streaming from Amazon next time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Seems to be Con-software with PC 3D blu-ray players."

    November 4, 2013  |   By rogerthat1946

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 13

    Pros

    Cyberlink `PowerDVD 10` comes with the Panasonic/Buffalo 3D Blu-Ray player for your computer; but it makes you spend hours and hours (TEN HOURS FOR ME) searching for the information as to WHY it will not play 3D Blu-Rays. Why put this crap into the deal when it doesn`t work with the Discs the drive was made to play?
    Why do these scumsuckers not tell you that HIDDEN COST is going to be an extra $100 before they lure you in?

    Cons

    Scumsuckers would not dry this crap with home 3D Blu-ray players. Where you buy the 3D TV and then a 3D Blu-Ray player then they try and jack you for another $100.

    Summary

    Daylight robbery.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great DVD Player"

    October 22, 2013  |   By Sophie Ou

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 13

    Pros

    - Best-looking interface than ever
    - Really really fast while launching the software
    - it's cool to stream the content and link to online media.
    - Remote controller and mobile version for free

    Cons

    Not at all! PowerDVD13 works fine for me!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "They make you upgrade each time there is a new version"

    October 19, 2013  |   By DDigs

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 12

    Pros

    every feature you would want... none of which you need. if you watch very poor video content (vhs or worse) i'm sure it could help... otherwise it's a waste

    Cons

    way too cluttered. they have all the extra stuff and none of it makes the movie look better. It messes with the already ultra high quality of blu-ray discs.

    Summary

    I wouldn't recommend. it has too much junk and they make you upgrade each release. Well make might be too strong they just stop supporting the previous release and don't add new blu-ray support. I've been burned each release after a while. It's time to switch to another player.

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  • 1.0 stars

    ""free update" for power DVD 10 crashed program"

    October 18, 2013  |   By Davo-from-the-bush

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 12

    Pros

    ok for blu ray

    Cons

    DVD playback at full hd was terrible, don't believe the advertising about upscaling. Then I installed a free update and it stopped working. I couldn't uninstall it so I can't reinstall it without the update. I've deleted the pgm from my menus.
    I've still got a working version in another windows installation but will avoid anymore "updates". The "True Theatre" software showed no discernible difference for picture improvment and hardware acceleration from the graphics card is the better option.

    Summary

    If I buy a dvd-blu ray pgm it will probably be Corel's. I found other complaints about this known issue and I certainly won't buy the latest pgm to fix it. I paid for the blu ray combo drive and should have got a working version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PowerDVD is great!!!"

    October 18, 2013  |   By vvvvicot678

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 13

    Pros

    BEST DVD player ever!!!!

    Cons

    none at all!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PowerDVD is "The Best Player!!!""

    October 18, 2013  |   By ahgenma

    Version: CyberLink PowerDVD 13

    Pros

    PowerDVD is my favorite media player.
    It play movie easy and faster,
    I can enjoy all media on my notebook.

    Cons

    Not for me

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