PowerDVD and The Best Alternatives


As people increasingly prefer to record our lives with videos, a powerful media player has become a necessary utility on our computers. Plus, Blu-ray movies, 360 degree videos and other video formats brought from emerging technology make our entertainment time more colorful. Can you imagine that you cannot enjoy the frontier technology, just because of lacking a powerful media player? PowerDVD may be one of such powerful tool that could take you into an amazing world. In this article, we will introduce and compare PowerDVD and alternatives share the same features. You can choose one application based on your requirements and situations.

Part 1. PowerDVD Introduction

  • 1. Supports 4K UHD Blu-ray movies and other digital video formats.
  • 2. Compatible with 360 degree camera, such as Samsung Gear 360, and allow you to watch 360 degree videos content.
  • 3. Cast content to Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV.
  • 4. Compatible with VR headsets, like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and let you watch VR content on VR headsets.
  • 5. TV Mode is able to optimize movies for larger screen and provides better audiovisual experience.
  • 6. TrueTheater technology could improve the video quality automatically.
PowerDVD 1


  • 1. It supports most emerging technology, such as 4K Blu-rays, 360 degree videos and VR.
  • 2. This media player is able to enhance video quality.
  • 3. You can design the customizable interface as you wish.


  • 1. The pro version does not support UHD 4K Blu-ray and TV Mode, although the price is $79.95.
  • 2. The full version is too expensive to average customers.
  • 3. The standard version is $59.95; but it only supports basic DVD playing.
  • 4. The VR feature is not stable.

Part 2. The Best Alternatives of PowerDVD

Considering CyberLink PowerDVD has so many shortcomings, we will share some alternatives in this part.

1. Tipard Blu-ray Player

Tipard Blu-ray Player is one of the best media players on market.

Tipard Blu-ray Player

1. This PowerDVD alternative supports playing variety of Blu-ray discs, folders and ISO image files.

2. The number of video and audio formats supported by this media player is nearly a hundred, including 4K and 1080P HD videos.

3. You can enjoy Blu-ray movies, 4K and 1080P HD videos with this media player application without any limitation.

4. The built-in advanced technology could display the video images without quality loss.

5. It has a straightforward interface and offers the best user experience.

6. The experts and customer service representatives are ready to help you at any time.

2. VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is the most popular open-source media player on market. Unlike other open source project, developer releases VLC Media Player update consistently. Its basic features include:

1. This PowerDVD alternative supports a wider range of media file formats, such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3 and more.

2. You can enjoy DVD movies on VLC Media Player with high image quality.

3. It is compatible with DVD, SVCD, CVD and other disc formats.

4. You can also play or stream videos online within VLC Media Player directly.

5. This media player is able to capture online videos with original quality.


  • 1. It is free of charge.
  • 2. There are plentiful plugins that extend its features, such as Blu-ray support.
  • 3. It is available to Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
  • 4. No adware and spyware


  • 1. If you want to use extensive features, you have to install extra plugins.
VLC Media Player

3. DivX Plus

DivX Plus is not only a media player, but also a video converter application. The basic features of DivX Plus include:

1. This PowerDVD alternative supports playback DivX, AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV and Xvid video formats.

2. DivX Plus allows you to manage your video library.

3. DivX Plus has a web browser plug-in as well.

4. It can format the videos properly for playing on DivX devices.

5. The built-in audio enhancement technology could enhance audio setup.


  • 1. It is versatile media player provides powerful video converting features.
  • 2. This media player simplifies the process of transferring videos to other devices.
  • 3. It is free to use.
  • 4. Excellent MKV playback features and smooth fast-forward and rewind experience.


  • 1. This media player only supports limited video formats.
  • 2. HD video playback experience is poor.
DivX Plus

4. WinDVD Pro

WinDVD Pro, which is developed by Corel, is a Blu-ray and DVD playback application. Its principal features include:

1. Support Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and digital video formats, such as MP4, WMV, MKV, 3GP and more.

2. The built-in upscaling technology is able to enhance the image quality of standard DVDs to HD level.

3. Allow you to adjust the color, lighting and other parameters about images.

4. Play HD videos in 3D mode or convert 2D video to 3D one.

5. Support Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D movies.


  • 1. The 3D mode and 3D conversion features are excellent.
  • 2. This PowerDVD alternative supports a wider range of disc formats and video formats.
  • 3. Its cinematic surround sound feature is wonderful.


  • 1. The 3D feature is only available with NVIDIA graphics card.
  • 2. Its stability is worse than other best media players.
WinDVD Pro

5. Zoom Player

Zoom Player is one of the best media players on market for Windows computers. Besides playback DVDs, this PowerDVD alternative offers more features.

1. Supports a wide range of video, audio and image formats, such as WebM, XVID, DIVX, AVI, 3GP, MP3, WMA, SWF and more.

2. It is able to play variety of disc formats, like standard DVD and Blu-ray discs.

3. The built-in upscale technology supports to enhance standard DVD to HD video.

4. It has a customizable interface that allows you to design it as you wish.


  • 1. This DVD player software consumes light CPU when running.
  • 2. The HD video playback experience is smooth.


  • 1. Although it has a good customer service, the media player is not easy to use.
Zoom Player


This article has introduced PowerDVD, one of the best media players on market. While it has many attractive features, it is not a cost-effective choice for most people. So, we share more alternatives in the second part. These media players all have some benefits and advantages. VLC Media Player, for example, is an open-source media player and free of charge. DivX Plus is more suitable to stream videos beyond PCs. WinDVD Pro is another high-end media player with powerful 3D features. Zoom Player is a CPU-light media player. If you are searching for a smart choice, you should try Tipard Blu-ray Player. It supports a wider range of video formats and provides stable audiovisual experiences.

July 06, 2017 09:22
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PowerDVD and The Best Alternatives