CyberLink's latest PowerDVD software adds wireless transfer and playback of media between computers, tablets and DLNA devices.
CyberLink has released a new major update to its PowerDVD 11 Standard and PowerDVD 11 Ultra software, build 2024. PowerDVD is billed as the “world’s leading universal media player”, supporting all major media formats. In addition, the Ultra version supports both 3D and Blu-ray playback in addition to DVD, most video formats and social media video.
The latest release adds a new Digital Media Server, which supports wireless transfer and playback of media between computers, tablets and DLNA devices. To complement this, a new app for Android 3.0 tablets – PowerDVD Mobile – has also been released.
PowerDVD 11 Ultra now also supports Intel WiDi 2.1, which makes it possible to wirelessly stream Blu-ray and HD content via its Digital Media Server. Other changes to both Standard and Ultra editions are minor, including a redesigned user interface for Cinema Mode, support for two more 3D formats (MVC 1080i 3D and M2TS 3D, and a new Portrait Mode option for playback, perfect for non-widescreen displays.
The new release comes with a complementary license for the brand new Android app, which runs on tablets powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later. PowerDVD Mobile for Ultra can be downloaded for free from the Android Market. Non-Ultra users must purchase the app separately for $19.99.
Once downloaded and installed PowerDVD Mobile allows content to be shared between Android device, PC and other DLNA devices via the new Digital Media Server. There is also a photo enhancement tool for touching up photos and creating slideshows.
PowerDVD 11 Standard and PowerDVD 11 Ultra are both available for download now as a free 30-day trial for PCs running Windows XP SP3 or later. Additional hardware requirements exist for specific functionality, such as watching 3D or Blu-ray content. PowerDVD Mobile for Android requires an Android tablet running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later.