Pardon me for bumping up an older thread, but I have a contrary opinion on this.
I have used PowerDVD Ultra for playing Blu-Ray discs since version 7 and it has worked very well for me.
Six months later Cyberlink is spamming me with BUY THE NEW POWERDVD v9! So I go to upgrade and guess what? The website doesn't load most of the time, but when I finally get it to, it doesn't offer any upgrade. I get to pay for it all over again. Bet my bluray hardware player wouldn't do this to me.
I upgraded to version 9 when it first came out and I had no problem finding the upgrade page here
. Why didn't you email them first
about the upgrade before buying a full version all over again? Don't blame Cyberlink because you were impatient.
Cyberlink isn't anal about your installations of their software either. Even with their product activation, I have PowerDVD Ultra 9 installed on three computers. Three Blu-Ray players for $100. That sounds like a good deal to me. I betcha three dedicated hardware players will set you back for a lot more than that.
The Blu-ray content providers change their copy-protection schemes on a regular basis, so Cyberlink updates their software to keep up with it. If you want to lag on upgrading, then get AnyDVD that removes the copy-protection. Whether or not the upgrade to version 9 is worth $60 is up to you. The company didn't put a gun to you head to make you buy it. The upgrade charge is worth it to me to keep Cyberlink in business and my player(s) software current.
It's very hit and miss with loading discs - sometimes you can wait a couple of minutes before they catch on. I have no trouble reading the disc in windows, so I'm assuming this is an issue with the software, not the hardware.
Hardware players are just as bad. They are only a stripped-down computer dedicated to running one software program. It's usually a function of the disc content (software) for the slow loads, not the player itself. I have also had discs that were slow to load on my hardware player that PowerDVD loaded with no problems and vice-versa.
Fair enough .. sounds like you paid for a shitty product and that sucks. Thanks for the warning.
It sounds more like KoP has his panties in a knot to me. PowerDVD is a fine product.