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InterVideo Launches Vista-Ready WinDVD Software

Fremont, Calif. — Software maker InterVideo introduced the eighth version of its WinDVD software today, adding Vista compatibility to the DVD playing software.

The software will ship in Platinum and Gold versions. The Platinum edition will offer support for a variety of high definition video formats including H.264, MPEG2-HD, WMV-HD and VC1 alongside standard definition formats – MPEG4, Real, QuickTime and WMV.

The Platinum version also adds the ability to integrate with Media Center and UPnP home networks, allowing WinDVD 8 to play back content from other UPnP-certified devices within a network. Both the Gold and Platinum versions can serve as UPnP Client and work with other UPnP Servers available on the market, according to InterVideo.

For slackers, the software features a “boss” key which instantly pauses and hides the player from view.

Consumers with either the Gold or Platinum edition can purchase an optional HD Upgrade pack directly from InterVideo to add support for playing back HD-DVD and Blu-ray Discs.

Both Gold and Platinum editions will ship this month for a suggested $39.95 and $59.95 respectively.