The popular PC Blu-ray player software will soon add Ultra HD support.
CyberLink has announced that its PowerDVD media player software has received certification from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for the playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs. This now makes PowerDVD the first and currently only software player to pass the BD-ROM 4.0 PC Application Software License process.
"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" said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. "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."
With the updated software, PowerDVD will soon be able to play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs through supported PCs and displays. The Ultra HD Blu-ray format is capable of supporting content with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, an expanded color range, HDR (high dynamic range), high-frame rates (up to 60fps), and the latest object-based immersive sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. An exact launch date for PowerDVD Ultra HD Blu-ray support has not been announced yet, but versions of the software with Ultra HD Blu-ray playback are expected to be available early this year.
CyberLink's latest PowerDVD 16 software is currently on sale for $49.95. Outside of the upcoming PowerDVD Ultra HD Blu-ray PC software update, several companies recently announced new hardware Ultra HD Blu-ray players models, including the Panasonic DMP-UB400, UB310 and UB300, the Samsung M9500, the Sony UBP-X800, the Philips BDP7502, the Oppo UDP-205, and the LG UP970.