Windows 8 PowerDVD Mobile app released

A few weeks ago, the software company Cyberlink said that Microsoft's decision to remove DVD playback from the regular version of Windows 8 resulted in a number of PC companies turning to Cyberlink to provide three of its media-themed software products pre-installed on upcoming Windows 8 devices.

This week, Cyberlink released the first public Windows 8 version of one of its software products on the Windows Store. The PowerDVD Mobile app can be downloaded (for those few people who have the RTM version of Windows 8 installed) for $14.99, although there is a free trial available as well.

The software has support for playing back videos in MPEG and MKV formats and also allows to stream content either to or from a Windows 8 device via the Charm feature. It also supports playing videos that are based on YouTube and Facebook. The app can also support playing audio files

PowerDVD Mobile for Windows 8 can also serve as an organizer for photos. Cyberlink says people can browse through photos by when they were first taken in its Calendar View and can also add special effects to photos as well. Finally, it allows for the creation of custom playlists for videos, audio and photos.

This is likely just the first of many Windows 8-based apps from Cyberlink and we will keep you up to date if any more are released before Windows 8 itself is launched on October 26th.

Source: Windows Store website | Image via Cyberlink

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No, it can't play DVD... But it could. Metro-styled app isn't pure WinRT app from Windows RT world. Metro-styled app from x86 Windows can still use advanced coding. For example Chrome for Metro can use Flash Player etc., because it isn't Chrome for Windows RT, it is Chrome for Metro for x86 Windows. It is just Metro-styled Chrome.

I even haven't DVD drive, but it is quite stupid to call this expensive video player "PowerDVD"... Poor Cyberlink.

This app is useless, look at the details , it only supports x86/64 but not ARM. There are countless desktop apps for playing DVD and MKV files why would I shell out $16 for this ? Let it work on ARM then we can talk .

kinpin said,
This app is useless, look at the details , it only supports x86/64 but not ARM. There are countless desktop apps for playing DVD and MKV files why would I shell out $16 for this ? Let it work on ARM then we can talk .
Ah, it's a regular desktop app, explains why you can't actually download it from the store.

Cyberlink really needs to make a "Modern UI" version.

testman said,
Ah, it's a regular desktop app, explains why you can't actually download it from the store.

Cyberlink really needs to make a "Modern UI" version.

It did, the application concerned IS a WinRT based app, not a desktop app and will work on ARM..

I haven't been able to figure this out... is it supposed to be able to stream MKV content to a 360 using DLNA Play to? I tried it once and it started to do it, but only displayed a black screen. Subsequent times it's given me an error that it can't retrieve sharing information, or something like that.

Deihmos said,
Can't tell the last time I played a DVD.
Same here. In fact, I've just replaced my old Compaq Vista laptop with a HP Windows 7 laptop and haven't bothered installing the PowerDVD 10 software from the HP site.

When I was deciding whether I would bother installing a DVD-playing software on the HP laptop, I tried to think of when I played a DVD on the Compaq Vista laptop - the answer was never.

"..support for playing back videos in MPEG and MKV formats"

What are you waiting for team VLC? Don't let Power DVD be my only option for RT devices.

Sadelwo said,
"..support for playing back videos in MPEG and MKV formats"

What are you waiting for team VLC? Don't let Power DVD be my only option for RT devices.

Some magical way to make it cross compile for every os on the planet so it can be the jack of all trades and the master of none

I hear you. But seeing VLC was ported to iOS and Android, and Microsoft being committed to Windows Runtime based apps for any Windows version hereafter, you would think the folks at VideoLan would be a bit more responsive.

Sadelwo said,
"..support for playing back videos in MPEG and MKV formats"

What are you waiting for team VLC? Don't let Power DVD be my only option for RT devices.


PowerDVD Mobile is a modern app but does not support ARM!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
Big question: Can it play DVD movies as its name implies:"Power DVD".

Why doesn't any one ask this question???


Way too obvious.

Nobody buys PowerDVD without needing the DVD codec and/or the DVD player part.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Way too obvious.

Nobody buys PowerDVD without needing the DVD codec and/or the DVD player part.

GS:mac

Is it obvious??? Can metro apps install codecs to run a DVD movie? Do metro apps have to power to install codecs to allow Windows to play DVD.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Is it obvious??? Can metro apps install codecs to run a DVD movie? Do metro apps have to power to install codecs to allow Windows to play DVD.

No, all apps are sandboxed - but that's not the issue is it, the app itself can play DVD's (but doesn't provide other apps the codec to do the same, this is how I see it, I would like to be corrected)

duddit2 said,

No, all apps are sandboxed - but that's not the issue is it, the app itself can play DVD's (but doesn't provide other apps the codec to do the same, this is how I see it, I would like to be corrected)

So you'd buy PowerDVD just for the codec when you can get it for free elsewhere? This doesn't make sense

PmRd said,

So you'd buy PowerDVD just for the codec when you can get it for free elsewhere? This doesn't make sense


WinRT applications can't access system codecs, therefore your free codec is of no use... (Neither can WinRT-applications register system wide codecs...)

MFH said,

WinRT applications can't access system codecs, therefore your free codec is of no use... (Neither can WinRT-applications register system wide codecs...)

Good point

MFH said,

WinRT applications can't access system codecs, therefore your free codec is of no use... (Neither can WinRT-applications register system wide codecs...)

partially true. the default preinstalled windows 8 codecs like h264,mpeg4 part x, are usable from any app, but youre right,you cant register your own like in the old days of directshow. what you can do though is use your MF codec in your own apps, or freely distribute the codec so app makers can include it in their apps.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Is it obvious??? Can metro apps install codecs to run a DVD movie? Do metro apps have to power to install codecs to allow Windows to play DVD.

Don't think it's actually a Modern UI app.

benalvino said,
been using it since today on my surface RT... its a great app...

Wait WHAT? Surface RT? How in the world do you have a SURFACE? Are you a Microsoft employee or something? If so, you wouldn't even be allowed to talk about it.

benalvino said,
been using it since today on my surface RT... its a great app...
WHAT?!?!?!?!?! You have a Surface? What is this madness