I gotta say I'm kind of relieved that there are others here that have resorted to buying a separate standalone BD player. Well, relieved that I'm not the only one, but pissed off at Cyberlink.
I bought PowerDVD 8 and it played Blu-rays fine for a while. The only reason I decided on building a HTPC with a BD-ROM was so I didn't have to buy a PS3 or a standalone player. Now Cyberlink has cut support for PowerDVD 8 and is forcing me to pay $50 for an upgrade just so I can play the newer discs. I feel totally gypped. And I imagine they will do the same for 10, 11, 12, and so on.
I can buy a decent Panasonic player for just a little over the price of the upgrade, and I won't ever have to pay Panasonic again to be able to play a newer disc. Cyberlink's scammy "subscription" model totally defeats the purpose of having an all-in-one HTPC.
Arg! Sorry, just venting. I'm just hoping that everyone reading this knows that eventually Cyberlink will cut off support for PowerDVD 12 and you'll keep having to pay $60+ to be able to play new releases.
Off to buy a standalone Blu-ray player...