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Blu-Ray Disc Rewritable Drive Playback Upgrade & Information Alert


The BWU-100A or the BWU-200S Blu-ray Disc™ rewritable drive is a multi-format burner that can record up to 50 GB of data or about 230 minutes of HDV 1080i video (on double layer 50 GB BD-RE recordable media). It can also record DVD and CD discs. The CyberLink® PowerDVD™ software that is presently bundled with the drive can play back Blu-ray Discs that you record with the drive (BDAV format BD-RE discs), and even traditional DVD video discs. However, playing commercial Blu-ray Disc content (BD-ROMs) requires your PC to become part of a secure playback environment because the content is protected with AACS copy protection.

The drive is capable of playing back commercial Blu-ray Disc movies (also known as BD-ROMs), however an upgrade to the CyberLink PowerDVD software is required to make it BD-ROM compatible. Additionally, hardware upgrades to the PC may be required for full BD-ROM support.

Sony will provide purchasers of the BWU-100A or the BWU-200S Blu-ray Disc Rewritable drive with an upgrade to the CyberLink PowerDVD software which will provide BD-ROM compatibility. This upgrade, which has been previously unavailable, will be offered free of charge as an electronic download. Customers will only have one (1) opportunity to download the PowerDVD upgrade electronically. If the download fails for any reason or the download is abandoned by the customer, a physical CD-ROM version of the upgrade will be available for a nominal charge by contacting the Sony technical support department in the country from where you purchased the drive.

Some BD-ROMs may restrict video output to be standard definition or prohibit analog video output at all. It is strongly recommended that digital HDCP-compliant environment be implemented for optimum compatibility and viewing quality.



Important! Before downloading the CyberLink PowerDVD upgrade with BD-ROM support, you need to know if your system meets the minimum performance requirements. Click "Advisor Tool" below to download the CyberLink Advisor system check tool and run it according to the following connectivity guideline.

Advisor Tool   

Connectivity Guideline

HDCP Compliant Graphics Cards

 Even if Advisor Tool shows that your system meets minimum performance requirements, there may be some packaged media which does not playback correctly depending upon some factors, such as codec and bit rates.


Once you have determined that your system is capable of playing back BD-ROMs, click below to download and install the CyberLink PowerDVD upgrade. Please have the original software CD disc envelope that came with the drive, it contains a CD key that you will need to enter to download and install the upgrade.

To play copyright protected Blu-ray discs continually, you need to update the AACS key. Note that the AACS key update requires Internet access.

 PowerDVD Upgrade

Certain circumstances may limit/prevent Blu-ray Disc playback. The CyberLink PowerDVD software may not smoothly playback BD-ROM recorded in AVC or VC-1 formats at high bit rates. BD-ROM software requires compatible high-definition display for high definition playback. Playback of AACS protected media may require an HDCP compliant output and HDCP compliant display.