Friday, 18 January, 2019

CES - VLC Adding AirPlay Support, Hits 3 Billion Downloads

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VLC, which is managed by nonprofit parent VideonLAN, racked up its three billionth download at CES, where it celebrated with the live ticker pictured above. It's available on all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux.

But you probably already knew that and already using VLC as your main video player app on your personal computer, tablet, or mobile phones.

VLC is expected to surpass the milestone some time Friday afternoon, according to Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers. At CES, there was a surprising amount of TV manufacturers who have announced that their devices will soon support many of Apple's usually locked services. He said his team reverse-engineered popular VR headsets so that developers no longer need to rely on the SDKs offered by vendors. With VR support, VLC users will be able to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment using special devices like HTC Vive. The VLC for Android app will get an update in "about a month" that will bring support for Apple's AirPlay proprietary protocol suite which allows wireless streaming of media between compatible devices. The solution VLC came up with instead added only one megabyte to the app's size.

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The VLC media player has racked up three billion downloads and is adding new features at a rapid pace.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone.

Since VLC is used as support to stream from other apps and vice-versa, the team wants to build a comprehensive media library so it will be easier to switch from iTunes.