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Cyberlink PowerDVD Becomes the World’s First 4K Blu-ray Certified Software Media Player

by on December 4, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – December 04, 2016

While 4K display in TVs has pretty much completely taken over the new release and premium sectors of that industry, 4K UHD content still has a long ways to go before it becomes a dominant media format. However, given the technological trends of 2016, we have strong expectation that 4K video will grow enormously in 2017.

One new technology which will help this process along nicely is the new arrival of a 4K-compatible version of CyberLink PowerDVD, which has been certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray disc media.

What this effectively means for consumers is that by 2017 or earlier, more PCs with the right 4K-capable hardware will be able to handle 4K Blu-ray discs in their native resolution and without playback problems. This of course means that many PC users will now have further access to a growing library of 4K Blu-ray movies that already numbers more than 200 titles in total.

According to CyberLink CEO Dr. Jau Huang, ““With more than 300 million copies sold, PowerDVD is the definitive standard for media players, providing customers with the ultimate in home entertainment for the last 15 years,”

Cyberlink's Powerdvd Becomes the World’s First Software Media Player Certified for 4K Blu-Ray

The CyberLink CEO also explained that,  ““Today’s Ultra HD Blu-ray certification means we can once again bring our customers the very latest in video and audio technology, ensuring they can enjoy the ultimate 4K experience.”

The newest version of PowerDVD is already available from the CyberLink Store but the 4K UHD Blu-ray playback support features of the software won’t be active until the beginning of 2017.

The new 4K ultra HD Blu-ray format that was introduced in early 2016 now consists of over 200 titles, of which a majority have been released by several major Hollywood studios. Available content includes numerous new release Hollywood Blaockbuster movie titles and also consists of a number of older movies, documentaries and other content types.

Aside from featuring 4K ultra HD resolution. The 4K UHD Blu-ray format also offers HDR mastering in its content. This can be enjoyed by users of the discs who also have a compatible 4K ultra HD TV. HDR for viewing these movies on PC displays is something that hasn’t yet arrived to the consumer market however.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Quasar
    December 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I didn’t even know there was any UHD compatible BluRay drives for PCs.

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  • ryan
    December 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

    YES, now how about someone make a 4k uhd blu ray mega changer, like sony did with its 400 blu ray disc player many years ago ?

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  • george Brent
    December 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Hi…….

    My Samsung laptop has Bluray playback, is 16×9 17 inch screen , 3D Compliant and FULL HD.

    Would 4K UHD Power Dvd 16 ULTRA be suitable for my laptop.what worries me is that Screen resolution is only standard High Definition.

    I would be very interested in your thoughts as to compatibility.
    Thank You.
    Regards
    George

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  • Gadgety
    December 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Great news. I saw on their website they were partners in the 4k BDA.

    A little bit contradictory in your text “by 2017 or earlier, more PCs with the right 4K-capable hardware will be able to handle 4K Blu-ray discs” vs “software won’t be active until the beginning of 2017.”

    Regardless, I’m glad it’s coming. Some specifics on drive specs would be good, too.

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  • Gadgety
    December 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I can’t see anywhere on Cyberlink’s website that their current version top of the line offering, PowerDVD16 Ultra will play 4k UHD bluray disk. So until it actually says so, I’d say wait. It’ll be in the next version, then. Maybe.

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  • Romey Moore
    December 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    What are the chances that this means that many “modern and recent” bluray drives are already capable of playing UHD disks and but need the proper codecs and drivers to play them? I have read but cant quite confirm that UHD disks use a formatting scheme that is part of the original bluray whitepapers but because of the uhd compression scheme/drm that is on the disks, prevent them from being read by our computers. It would be interesting to see if 4K bluray drives turn out to be relabeled 2k drives. 4K bluray drives at a discount.

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  • Romey Moore
    December 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I did’nt find my previous post (lost?) and looking for any new info about this possibility .In my original post I wanted to let it be understood that it “may” be possible that every bluray drive in a pc is already 4k compatable. 4K uses the original bluray specs it just encodes the data in a different way. H.265 hevc is what is used in 4kuhd bluray. Its a codec that better compresses the av data so the 50 gig bluray can play a feature length 4k movie. Its the same 50gig disk that some have but never realized because we dont take the time to find out the capacity of the blurays in our collection. There may be a 50gig HD bluray in your house already. UHD is “more than likely” similar to downloading a file that you find out you cant play until you download some additional codecs. Cyberlinks software provide the proper codecs………….and DRM’s

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  • Smith john
    January 1, 2017 at 3:49 am

    For 4K Blu-ray Player, i like Samsung BD-J6300, it allows me to watch my favorite content at near UHD quality, It could act as web browser, smart 4K Blu-ray player, UHD upscaler, 3D Blu-ray player, etc. Also, it features built-in dual Wi-Fi connection and USB connectivity. For 4K Blu-ray Player Software, i like VLC and UFUSoft Blu-ray Player, which is good at playing 4K Blu-ray disc, 4K videos on pc.

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  • markus
    June 7, 2017 at 9:29 am

    does any bdxl drive work or do you need a special one

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