“But if you want to legally play both the DVDs and Blu-ray movies you have bought, rented, or got in the mail from Netflix, you’re going to need to shell some money for playback software. The good news is, most of the popular DVD/Blu-ray playing software packages offer more than simply a means to play those discs. Often, you’ll find support for the high-end audio codecs in many Blu-ray movies, 10-foot UIs for sitting back on the couch, DVD up-sampling, and more.
Today we’ll take a look at three of the more popular DVD and Blu-ray playback packages: ArcSoft’s Total Media Theatre 3 Platinum (with SimHD plugin), CyberLink’s PowerDVD 9 Ultra, and Corel’s WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray.”
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- AVerTV Hybrid Volar HX @ Hardware Bistro
- Seagate FreeAgent Theater Media Player Review @ Bigbruin
- Antec Fusion Remote Max – HTPC Case Review @ Driverheaven
- Logitech Harmony 1100 Review @ Digital Trends
If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge. There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution. ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features. Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equally. The results are here for you to see.