More than just DVD and Blu-ray playback, this new Windows video software supports 4K video, with some nifty "play to" casting tricks to boot.It will even support 4K Blu-ray playback -- if and when compatible PC 4K Blu-ray drives arrive.
While Arc Soft dropped out of the software Blu-ray player market a few years back, the only other legal (i.e, one that includes licenses for all required codecs) player - Corel's Win DVD Pro, receives fairly spaced out upgrades.
As the HTPC market shifts from a local media-heavy scenario to one where OTT (over-the-top) content like You Tube and Netflix form the main part of the experience, it has become important for commercial software media players to evolve.
The "Play To" feature currently supports 4K content (but will downconvert to a 1080p TV) and the company says it is working on streaming 4K content natively.
Native support for You Tube and Vimeo is on board, too.
Power DVD 17 Ultra has a special VR mode that works with the HTC Vive as well as the Oculus Rift for an immersive media experience.
Power DVD 17 is also the fist certified software Blu-ray player capable of playing back Ultra HD (4K) Blu-rays on a PC.
But TV Mode is merely the first item in Power DVD's bag of tricks.
The software can also stream video files (though not Blu-rays) to your Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV.
The system currently supports DVD and Blu-ray, and a Cyber Link representative confirmed to me that the software will support 4K Blu-ray once PC hardware becomes available (and the Blu-ray Disc Association releases a PC-based standard).
Power DVD Ultra is available now for , and upgrades for previous versions are available from .
Cyber Link realized this early, with a mobile-centric experience getting introduced in Power DVD 12.