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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).


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 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.

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