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PowerDVD is a multimedia player specialising in software based DVD playback and, new in the Ultra edition of PowerDVD, the ability to play Blu-ray discs (and HD DVD discs in PowerDVD Ultra 7.x).

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Editions

PowerDVD 8 comes in three editions: Standard, Deluxe and Ultra. The differences between the three editions are listed below, with the features that are new to PowerDVD 8 (as compared to PowerDVD 7) highlighted in bold:


These features are new to all versions of PowerDVD:

  • MPEG-2 HD support
  • TrueTheater™ Lighting (replaces CLEV)
  • TrueTheater™ Stretch (replaces (CLPV)
  • TrueTheater Surround (replaces CLMEI-2)
  • HDMI support
  • Movie Remix
  • Movie Collection Manager


The Deluxe version adds the following to the Standard version:

  • MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) support
  • DVD-Audio support
  • DivX Pro support
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx support
  • Dolby Virtual Speaker support
  • Dolby Headphone support
  • Dolby Digital EX (7.1 ch) decoding
  • MPL decoding
  • DTS 96/24 Decoding
  • AAC decoding
  • UPnP File Sharing
  • CPRM/VCPS support


The Ultra version then adds the following on top of the features of the Deluxe version:

  • Blu-ray disc support
  • AVCHD support
  • SMPTE VC-1 support
  • SPDIF Mixing
  • Dolby TrueHD (7.1-channel) decoding
  • Dolby Digital Plus (5.1-channel) decoding
  • DTS-HD (7.1-channel) decoding
  • DTS-ES Matrix and DTS-ES Discrete; DTS Neo:6


PowerDVD 8 Review Rating

The PowerDVD 8 review was published by Digital Digest on 17 April 2008. It received the following rating:

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PowerDVD 8 HD DVD Controversy

PowerDVD 7 Ultra featured full HD DVD playback. PowerDVD 8 Ultra, released after Toshiba announced the withdraw of support for HD DVD, removed the legacy HD DVD playback function in the release version. Previous version 8 beta versions all featured HD DVD playback.

It was later discovered that the retail version of PowerDVD Ultra 8 could indeed be re-enabled for HD DVD playback, using some files from the beta versions and the 7.x version. There are now files and guides available on the Internet that will show you how to [re-enable HD DVD playback functions in PowerDVD Ultra 8.


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