VLC crosses three billion downloads, is adding AirPlay support and more

Angelica Greene
January 13, 2019

According to Variety, the "team reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively support VR video through the main VLC app" because using the SDKs provided by the headset-makers would increase the file size of VLC Media Player by hundreds of megabytes. The Videolan team, which is behind the creation of the video player app, is present at CES and the team members announced that VLC Media Player is about to reach 3 billion downloads today (Friday).

The new feature was revealed by Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the service's lead developers, in an interview with Variety at CES and it will give users a chance to beam content from their Android or iOS device to an Apple TV. Airplay on VLC will allow Android users to stream videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. This should perhaps comes as no surprise.

Kempf was also eager to share a roadmap for VLC with the publication.

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But that's not all that the dozen or so people on the VLC development team are working on.

Another feature demonstrated at CES was enhanced support for VR, which makes it possible to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment within headsets like the HTC Vive. The solution VLC came up with instead added only one megabyte to the app's size. Last but not least, VLC devs plan to build a better media library for the app to make it easier to switch from iTunes. VideoLAN doesn't want to compete with Plex or Kodi, he said.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone. Its simplicity is exactly what made it so popular among users and got it almost 3 billion downloads.

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