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CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 7 With High-Definition H.264 Playback and Advanced Features for DVD Enthusiasts

Offers a new mix of mobility, quality, and personal style that defines take-anywhere cool for the playing of DVDs on the PC

Taipei, Taiwan----May 4, 2006----CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a world leader in digital home solutions, today launched the latest version of its industry-defining DVD player software, PowerDVD. Featuring new-look controls and advanced features for audio and movie enthusiasts, PowerDVD 7 delivers a fun home theater experience on both desktop and notebook computers.

New features for PowerDVD 7 include:
Integrated support for high-definition H.264 playback
Five interface modes, new skins and colors
Say-it-Again – one-click dialog looping
Read-it-Clearly – moveable subtitles
See-it-All – automatically activated time stretching for when mobile PCs run low on power
Power-saving settings for notebooks and an onscreen battery meter
UPnP media player support and premium content protection

“Today CyberLink PowerDVD is available on hundreds of millions of PCs around the world, delivering the best means of enjoying DVDs on the PC,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “CyberLink PowerDVD 7 offers a totally new experience, with even more ways to access DVD and hi-def content, take entertainment on the road, and create a home theater system for your desktop PC.”

CyberLink PowerDVD 7’s leading entertainment features include:

Integrated Support for High-Definition H.264 Playback

In addition to support for a complete range of video and audio formats and discs, PowerDVD 7 features integrated support for playback of high-definition MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video content. An enhancement pack providing optimized H.264 performance for ATI® Avivo™ and NVIDIA® PureVideo™ graphics cards will be released later in the year.

Freestyle Interface Offers New Skin Modes
PowerDVD now includes six colors to choose from: Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Black on White, and White on Black. DVD control modes include:
Player— allows expandable controls providing complete access to PowerDVD features
Wheel Control— offers a space-saving design for essential disc controls
Dock—resizes the controls and attaches them to the bottom of the viewing screen
Full screen— expands the viewing mode to fit the entire screen
Mini— allows access to controls via an icon on the taskbar

One-click Say-It-Again Automatically Repeats the Last Movie Scene
With one click, PowerDVD automatically loops to repeat the last scene: images, soundtrack and subtitles. Say-It-Again ensures users never miss a crucial Hollywood moment with a smarter, automatic repeat function similar to the manually set AB Repeat.

Read-It-Clearly Moves Subtitles from the Viewing Screen
Read-It-Clearly lets users enjoy unobstructed viewing as they watch 1 or 2 sets of language subtitles. Using a standard-sized monitor, users can select to watch the subtitles of a widescreen (16:9) DVD within the black bars on the top and bottom of their monitor. PowerDVD automatically provides a subtitle location after analyzing the screen size and ratio.

Notebook Maximizers Augment Battery Performance
See-It-Allruns automatically when a notebook is disconnected from AC power, calculating the battery life versus the remaining movie length. The feature users time stretching to gently increase the movie pace by up to 1.25 times the normal speed, helping users catch as much of their movie as possible without giving the feeling of fast-forwarding.
Notebook Battery Meter—Remaining battery power is indicated via a convenient icon on the viewing screen.
Built-in Mobility Features Save Battery Power—PowerDVD’s power-saving mobility settings can extend movie viewing by up to 30%.

Support for a Home UPnP Network—Media Player functionality

PowerDVD supports access to audio and video files over a UPnP digital home network, ensuring users are ready for the roll-out of UPnP media servers. PowerDVD is compatible with CyberLink MediaServer and other compliant UPnP servers.

Compliance with Protection Rules for Premium Content
Implementation of the latest protection standards for premium content—including VCPS and CPRM—means PowerDVD is authorized to play protected files. These rules, including copy once and copy never, will prevent non-compliant players from accessing protected content.

Three DTS Home Theater Audio Formats for DVD Audiophiles

New DTS support for this version: DTS-ES Matrix and Discrete, DTS 96/24, and DTS Neo:6.

Adjustable Controls for Image-Enhancing CLEV-2 Technology

CyberLink’s video-enhancing technology brightens images and naturalizes colors by adjusting chroma and luminance to enhance image details. New for this version, CLEV-2 is adaptive and controls are adjustable to suit the preferences of the user.

Enthusiast Packs Enable Expansion of Features
Add-on packs enhance the PowerDVD experience, unlocking hidden Hollywood content, expanding video and audio features, and conserving notebook battery power. Planned releases for this year are:
HD DVD Pack – supports playback of HD DVD discs.
BD Pack – supports the playback of Blu-ray Discs.
HD264 Pack – optimized for ATI® Avivo™ and NVIDIA® PureVideo™ graphics cards – supports a broad range of video and audio formats, including MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), QuickTime, 5.1-channel MPEG-4 AAC and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital.
InterActual® Pack – unlocks features on DVDs containing InterActual content.
Advanced Audio Pack – provides a comprehensive upgrade set of Dolby, DTS and SRS formats.
Mobility Pack – extends DVD viewing time through power-saving settings.

PowerDVD 7 offers unprecedented support for audio and video formats

Video Support

Format
    Standard Version
    Deluxe Version
    H.264
    -
    Yes
    MPEG-2 HD
    Yes
    Yes
    WMV-HD
    Yes
    Yes
    DVD-VR
    Yes
    Yes
    DVD+VR
    Yes
    Yes
    DivX Pro
    -
    Yes
    DVD-Video
    Yes
    Yes
    Mini-DVD
    Yes
    Yes

Audio Support

Format

Standard Version

Deluxe Version

Advanced Audio Pack

DTS-ES Matrix

-

-

Yes

DTS-ES Discrete

-

-

Yes

DTS 96/24

-

Yes

Yes

DTS Neo:6

-

-

Yes

DTS 5.1

-

Yes

Yes

Dolby Digital EX

-

Yes

Yes

Dolby Digital 5.1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dolby Pro Logic IIx

-

Yes

Yes

Dolby Headphone

-

Yes

Yes

Dolby Virtual Speaker

-

Yes

Yes

AAC decoding

-

Yes

Yes

DVD-Audio

-

Yes

-

MLP Lossless

-

Yes

Yes

SRS TruSurround XT

-

-

Yes

LPCM audio

Yes

Yes

-

MP3, WAV

Yes

Yes

-

Product Availability
CyberLink PowerDVD 7 is available online and in retail shops, supporting the following languages: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), German, French, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. CyberLink also offers OEM versions to PC and CE manufacturing customers.

CyberLink PowerDVD 7 is available in the following online versions.

  • CyberLink PowerDVD 7 Standard         USD 49.95
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 7 Deluxe            USD 69.95
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 7 Upgrade: Starting at USD 19.95

CyberLink PowerDVD 7 is available in the following retail versions:

  • CyberLink PowerDVD 7:            USD 39.95
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 7 Max                 USD 59.95

 

About CyberLink

CyberLink Corp. is the maker of award-winning applications PowerDVD, PowerDirector, PowerCinema, and DVD Solution. CyberLink has built a solid reputation for delivering high-quality, competitive products that add value to OEM customers and end-users alike. Business partners include leaders in the PC hardware industry: drive manufacturers, graphics card makers, and top desktop and notebook brands. CyberLink’s digital multimedia range includes software for capturing and editing videos, authoring and playing DVDs, and burning Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs. CyberLink’s digital home products offer complete solutions for accessing, sharing, and enjoying content within the digital home: TV, video, photos, music, and DVDs. These include advanced connectivity solutions that enable the anytime, anywhere entertainment experience across PC, CE, and mobile devices. CyberLink’s eHRD solutions provide tools for developing and managing human resources. CyberLink listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (5203.TW) in 2000 and has posted positive year-on-year results ever since. CyberLink has operations in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific including Japan, with its worldwide headquarters located in Taipei. For more information, please visit: http://www.cyberlink.com/ or our Press Room.

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