[QUOTE=SamuriHL;2092971]The whole “uninstalled powerdvd and installed anydvd and it worked” thing is a bit…confusing. What does this mean? IMO you need both. People misunderstand what AnyDVD is actually for. If you’re using an HTPC, AnyDVD is absolutely invaluable. As Slysoft has stated multiple times and I agree, it’s NOT a ripper. It has a ripper function that was added as an afterthought to help out the DVD Shrink community way back when, but, AnyDVD was not designed to rip movies. It was designed to assist HTPC owners in watching their movies without annoyances. HDCP is one of the many annoyances that BD enabled HTPC owners face. Notice that AnyDVD can remove this nonsense in realtime…no ripping necessary. It can remove region coding, advertisements, and stupid HDCP requirements all in real time. It even fixed a movie I had problems playing (Jumper) because the BD+ protection code in PowerDVD is so sucky. Not bad IMO.
However, all that being said, AnyDVD doesn’t PLAY any discs. You still need software capable of playing your movies. PowerDVD is the best of the worst in this arena. There is no software that comes highly recommended by me for BD/HD DVD playback, but, of all of the solutions out there, PowerDVD is the least offensive of them all. HD DVD playback is becoming more and more irritating. Cyberlink claims you need to have 7.3 Ultra installed to play HD DVD’s. However, if you plan on doing BD’s they recommend also having 8 Ultra. (And given that the 7.3 Ultra updates have been pulled off the Cyberlink site, I’m thinking BD playback for 7.3 is not something they’re concentrating on these days.)
Anyway, I hope this post helps in your decision. I recommend AnyDVD HD very highly, and begrudgingly recommend PowerDVD Ultra for playback.[/QUOTE]
thanks! i got your point.
are you familiar with Media Direct from Dell?..i’m not sure if its good quality same as powerDVD.
though i try them both, but not see any significant difference…the only advantage of Media Direct is it’s free.
and if you will check my attachement, this Media Direct is powered by Cyberlink which mean (?) they might use the same engine?
PS. any discount coupon you guys know for anyDVD