CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 21

Spring is in the air, here in the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s time for another version of PowerDVD to emerge, blinky-eyed, from the embargo and let us know how much winter is left in the HTPC landscape. Unfortunately, the UltraHD Blu-ray story hasn’t changed at all, so there’s still that weird thing where AMD CPU users, and anyone with a dGPU, are snowed in – UHDBD is Intel iGPU only, sorry-not-sorry. That’s not to say that there isn’t good stuff on offer for those who don’t want to mess with VLC, MPC-HC + madVR (or JRiver Media Center), but obviously that convenience comes with a cost. Details below.

CyberLink Launches PowerDVD 21, Redefining the Best-in-Class Media and Home Theater Experience Across Devices

With digital media content consumption on the rise across devices, the world’s no. 1 multimedia player delivers the seamless playback and streaming experience that today’s consumers expect and demand.

Taipei, TaiwanApril 15, 2021CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), today announced the release of PowerDVD 21, the latest version of its award-winning movie and media playback software that allows users to watch 8K, 4K HDR Blu-ray, and a wide range of media formats across mobile phones, tablets, TVs, PCs and laptops.

PowerDVD 21 builds on CyberLink’s cutting-edge media technology leadership and offers an even more complete and intuitive user interface, as well as the most comprehensive cloud-based viewing and streaming experience for seamless enjoyment of content anywhere, in the best possible quality. An integrated and easy-to-use media manager automatically organizes the entire library of photos, videos, music, as well as Blu-ray and DVD movies, making PowerDVD a component essential to any home theater media center.

Offering a cross-device media experience has never been more essential. Over 80% of consumers now have two or more connected devices – with a 30% increase in time spent using video streaming apps on mobile. PowerDVD 21 has integrated and optimized the entire mobile experience to meet these changing video viewing habits. By syncing with CyberLink Cloud, PowerDVD 21 offers a complete cross-device, home theater experience where users can pause media on one device and continue watching on other PCs or smartphones right where they left off. PowerDVD 21 also extends content access to friends and family by generating shareable hyperlinks that allow playback of the content on their browser. PowerDVD 21 is the perfect choice for groups of people wishing to build a shared cloud-streaming collection and is ideal for increasingly popular virtual movie viewing parties. PowerDVD 21 also offers integrated streaming through Apple TV & Amazon Fire TV.

“Recognized as the world’s number one movie and media player, PowerDVD has a long history of pioneering multimedia playback features and functionalities, to the benefit of our millions of users,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “With the further optimization and integration into CyberLink Cloud and enhancements to an already user-friendly UI, we are proud to announce that PowerDVD 21 is more than just a Blu-ray and DVD player. It is the ultimate solution to every home entertainment need.”

In addition to offering a new cross-device playback and sharing experience, PowerDVD 21 benefits from a number of cutting-edge features such as a comprehensive information and artwork database, and unique AI-based facial recognition capabilities. All whilst continuing to guarantee better-than-original audio and video playback for Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD, as well as major file formats, codecs and 360˚ video. PowerDVD 21 users can also enjoy spatial audio support for 360˚ videos, making VR video feel as realistic as being there in person. PowerDVD 21 is available in a variety of subscription and perpetual options.

CyberLink introduced PowerPlayer 365 in 2020, a streamlined alternative to PowerDVD for users who do not need to play DVDs and Blu-ray disks. In 2021, it now offers enhanced playback support for 8K and 4K media, including YouTube videos. Furthermore, with TrueTheater® Enhancements, PowerPlayer365 can provide users with a cinema-level home theater experience for all their movies and content.

CyberLink PowerDVD 21 Availability

PowerDVD 21 is available for purchase from CyberLink’s online store.

Version Pricing

PowerDVD 365: US$54.99/12 months
PowerDVD 21 Ultra: US$99.99

PowerDVD 21 Pro: US$79.99

PowerDVD 21 Standard: US$59.99
CyberLink PowerPlayer 365 US$39.99/12 months, US$9.99/ per month

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at