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Cyberlink PowerCinema - HTPC Software for the Masses

By: Shawn Baker | Players & Accessories in HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 27, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Cyberlink

What's on Offer


- What is PowerCinema?


Home Theater PC (HTPC) forums all over the world are plagued with the same question - What software is best? As anyone who has used TV-Out on their graphics card with regular S-Video cables knows, the ability to read the text on a TV is almost impossible with the exception of projectors and plasma screens due to their higher quality VGA and / or DVI connectors.


While computers have become easier to operate and control, there is no denying that not all people over the world can navigate through My Computer with the ease others experience. When it comes to wanting to watch your favorite Divx movie, many do not understand how to physically play the movie on their PC. PowerCinema is designed to do exactly what our title suggests: bring HTPC software to the masses.


At first glance PowerCinema simply looks like glorified navigation software and there is no doubt that it is. CyberLink has simply chosen to improve upon an old idea and release it to the masses at an affordable price.


- What you get


You can buy PowerCinema in two different forms - The first is the CD only version and the second version comes with the remote control as you can see in the picture below.


The remote control gives you the ability to navigate easier then before. Fortunately, if you wish to save some money, you are not in the position where you have to use the remote control to get use out of this software The remote does help get through the software that little bit easier but if you own a wireless mouse it can be just as effective.



Now let's have a look at the software interface.


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