JRiver Media Center 20 Review

Cinephiles understand the importance of DVD player software having not just high-quality audio and video playback, but also access to plugins and other optimization options.

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Our Verdict

This is a terrific option for audiophiles who also love to tweak code and scripts, no matter your operating system. It also has extensive media integration and features, and it plays well without much CPU consumption.

For

  • The developer has a massive wiki and user forum.

Against

  • It does not have free upgrades for life.
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JRiver Media image: You can view a variety of details about each of your videos atop a screenshot from the video.

JRiver Media image: You can view a variety of details about each of your videos atop a screenshot from the video.
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JRiver Media image: You can enjoy lossless audio playback as well as Dolby and DTS audio support whether you're watching your personal video collection or TV shows through the software.

JRiver Media image: You can enjoy lossless audio playback as well as Dolby and DTS audio support whether you're watching your personal video collection or TV shows through the software.
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JRiver Media image: You can search your collection using a variety of filters, including genre.

JRiver Media image: You can search your collection using a variety of filters, including genre.
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JRiver Media image: It has a beautiful layout that makes browsing your collection a nice experience.

JRiver Media image: It has a beautiful layout that makes browsing your collection a nice experience.
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JRiver Media image: You can enjoy connected videos from YouTube, Hulu and Netflix. You can also share videos to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

JRiver Media image: You can enjoy connected videos from YouTube, Hulu and Netflix. You can also share videos to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
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JRiver Media image: The video player also allows you to play audio, so you can enjoy all of your media in one place.

JRiver Media image: The video player also allows you to play audio, so you can enjoy all of your media in one place.
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JRiver Media image: The software has a sleek, modern look that makes your media library easy to search.

JRiver Media image: The software has a sleek, modern look that makes your media library easy to search.
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JRiver Media image: You can change the layout however you want to, either from default options or from additional scripts, letting you have the player you've always wanted.

JRiver Media image: You can change the layout however you want to, either from default options or from additional scripts, letting you have the player you've always wanted.
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JRiver Media image: It can also store and display all of your photos and organize them into folders for easy storage and viewing.

JRiver Media image: It can also store and display all of your photos and organize them into folders for easy storage and viewing.
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JRiver Media image: The photo viewer allows simple editing, such as rotating, cropping, adjusting the white balance and resizing.

JRiver Media image: The photo viewer allows simple editing, such as rotating, cropping, adjusting the white balance and resizing.
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JRiver Media image: The audio player lets you create playlists, listen to podcasts and even burn CDs if you have the compatible hardware.

JRiver Media image: The audio player lets you create playlists, listen to podcasts and even burn CDs if you have the compatible hardware.
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JRiver Media image: You can also enjoy the built-in radio and browse different stations while reading descriptions of what they play, which makes it easy to find just the right station.

JRiver Media image: You can also enjoy the built-in radio and browse different stations while reading descriptions of what they play, which makes it easy to find just the right station.
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JRiver Media image: You can add your personal rating to any video and mark whether you've seen it or not.

JRiver Media image: You can add your personal rating to any video and mark whether you've seen it or not.
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JRiver Media image: It allows you to browse music artists to find something new to listen to or your old favorites.

JRiver Media image: It allows you to browse music artists to find something new to listen to or your old favorites.
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JRiver Media image: You can view your videos, TV episodes or album tracks in a clean format that allows easy scanning and playing.

JRiver Media image: You can view your videos, TV episodes or album tracks in a clean format that allows easy scanning and playing.
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JRiver Media image: If you don't like the look of the default player, you can create your own skins or use ones made by other users, which are posted in the forum on JRiver's website.

JRiver Media image: If you don't like the look of the default player, you can create your own skins or use ones made by other users, which are posted in the forum on JRiver's website.
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JRiver Media image: The player lets you connect to Amazon, YouTube and other websites to watch their videos with it.

JRiver Media image: The player lets you connect to Amazon, YouTube and other websites to watch their videos with it.
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JRiver Media image: You can find the right album or movie by applying certain filters or adjusting the layout to have a more search-friendly display.

JRiver Media image: You can find the right album or movie by applying certain filters or adjusting the layout to have a more search-friendly display.
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JRiver Media image: You can browse video files stored on your computer's hard drive or an external storage device directly within the player's interface.

JRiver Media image: You can browse video files stored on your computer's hard drive or an external storage device directly within the player's interface.

Cinephiles understand the importance of DVD player software having not just high-quality audio and video playback, but also access to plugins and other optimization options. The JRiver Media Center 20 offers this and more, along with a massive user forum and wiki, so you can find solutions and tinker your way to the best movie-viewing experience possible. Because of its massive customization capacity, and its excellent playback and variety of features, the software earns out Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.

You can enjoy a large variety of video and audio with this easy-to-use movie player software. It works with discs and most digital formats, and it even has streaming video integration from sites like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu. It integrates with TV tuners to let you watch live TV or record your favorite shows. This digital video player also works well for playing and ripping audio files, and it can import audio by scanning your hard drive for any file type, including ISO and DRM-free MP4. It can easily convert file types and upmix or downmix audio, and its full 64-bit audio path ensures lossless audio playback with Dolby and DTS audio support, so you're assured high-quality sound.

This is the most flexible program on our lineup, capable of playing audio and videos on computers running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. It allows you to integrate plugins, third-party software, and other scripts and tweaks so you can get the most out of your player. We were impressed at how little CPU power the player consumes, with an average of 7 percent. Despite its massive functionality and artillery of features and customization options, it leaves you plenty of processing speed for your multitasking needs.

Playback is a cinch with this player's smoothing function, which eliminates annoying buffering and lag. The auto-resume function remembers where you leave off in a video and starts playback from that point when you're ready to continue watching it. The player allows you to change world regions multiple times. You can connect to social media sites like Twitter or YouTube to share what you're watching or post comments directly from the interface. You can even customize the player skin to your tastes.

You have full control over your video playback with various picture- and time-stretching options, digital zooming, looping, and captions and subtitles toggling. The player also integrates easily with home theater setups while maintaining lossless audio and video playback.

While JRiver doesn't have traditional contact resources, it does offer access to an impressive community user forum where you can ask questions and learn about various simple and complex customization and optimization options. If you don't want to talk directly with anyone, you can check out its custom wiki, which also has a variety of information about all aspects of the player. As a side note, you have to pay for additional user licenses and major upgrades, whereas most of the best DVD software offers free upgrades.

The JRiver Media Center 20 is a great DVD player software option for movie lovers who also like to play around with scripts and tweak the player to work optimally for them. The player has extensive operating system and media format compatibility, and it's packed with features. Plus, it looks terrific and is easy and fun to use.