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View Full Version : Announcing Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray

Tim Williamson
03-19-2008, 07:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1203568929625' target='_blank'>http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satell...t/1203568929625</a><br /><br /></div><em>&quot;The DVD playback picture just got much clearer with the introduction of WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray. Video lovers can stop worrying about formats thanks to the newest release of the world's number one DVD and video playback software. With the inclusion of All2HD -- the most advanced upscaling technology available -- standard-definition videos and DVDs play back at near-HD quality. For users who desire the ultimate experience, WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray can play back HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies with the latest features and tools including BonusView (picture-in-picture), Advanced Navigation and HD audio from Dolby and DTS, as well as support for AVCHD and H.264 formats. Either way, WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray provides a superior video playback experience.&quot;<br /><br /></em> <img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/500/dht/auto/1205891466.usr209.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />WinDVD has added the ability to playback Blu-ray and HD DVD video on your PC (as long as you have the required hardware/software components). Conveniently, Corel offers a useful <a target="_blank" href="http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Content/1193332030582">downloadable tool</a> that examines your system and will tell you if any components aren't up to par for Blu-ray/HD DVD playback. WinDVD also includes a proprietary technology called &quot;All2HD&quot; which claims to upscale standard and DVD video to near HD quality (I'll have to see it to believe it!). I just have a plain old DVD drive in my PC, but how many of you have a Blu-ray/HD DVD player in your PC?

Jason Dunn
03-20-2008, 04:01 AM
The software looks cool, but I wonder how much of a market there is for this? Anyone with a Blu-ray drive in their laptop is going to probably already have software on it to play the discs, right? And if you don't have a Blu-ray drive, will you want to buy this software? Are people watching Blu-ray discs on their desktop PCs? I guess students or apartment dwellers with a combo PC/TV might...