Updated April 8th, 2014: PowerDVD 14 has just been released! Learn more about the new features and about your purchase and upgrade options at Cyberlink.com.
For the last six releases of PowerDVD, we’ve been seeing a pretty consistent release cycle (mostly do to the formatting changes still coming out in video formatting, including blu-ray). With the exception of version 12, all the new updates are usually released on an annual basis in either March or April.
Here is the full list of previous release dates back to version 8:
- PowerDVD 13 – This version became available on April 2, 2013.
- PowerDVD 12 – Available on January 31, 2012.
- PowerDVD 11 – Released on April 18, 2011.
- PowerDVD 10 – Released on March 3, 2010.
- PowerDVD 9 – Released on March 2, 2009.
- PowerDVD 8 – Released on April 2, 2008.
Is there a grace period for those that bought right before a new release?
We hate buying software right be a new version is released, but sometimes it’s simply unavoidable. We’ve heard through several forums that Cyberlink offers a 30-day grace period and will give you a free upgrade if you bought within this timeframe before a new version is out. However, we could not find any terms in writing that specifies this so you will need to talk with customer support to see what’s possible. The worst case is that you can request for a refund (they have a 30-day refund policy) and then repurchase the new release.
What’s coming in PowerDVD 14?
We haven’t yet seen pre-release notes so it’s still too early to know what’s coming for sure. As users of PowerDVD 13, we would love to see Chrome support (not yet sure why this hasn’t yet been included). Also, we hope to see changes to their Cinavia protection. Cinavia is basically an audio protection against pirated movies and sits within the audio track. If it believes that the video is pirated (such as someone smuggling in a video camera into a movie theater), it will block the sound. But if you are using Anydvd-HD to make your DVD movie region free, even though you bought an original copy, it will not let you play the audio in the film (usually stops after about 20 minutes or so).
What would you like to see in version 14? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.