VLC hits 3 billion download mark with AirPlay being added this year

CREDIT Janko Roettgers  Variety

The mobile app for VLC has already packed in many features that can't be found in other media players, but the addition of AirPlay has been a major omission for years.

Videolan, the development team behind the popular open-source video player application VLC, announced yesterday that the app would soon hit 3 billion in downloads. Moreover, Kempf revealed that the Videolan team managed to make VR video support available through the main VLC app with most of the popular VR headsets. There is no release date yet at all. The VLC team will also expand VR support in the future. VideoLAN is present these days at CES 2019 in Las Vegas and celebrated the major milestone with a futuristic countdown at their booth, and said that they're working on VLC 4, a massive release that would add long-anticipated features.

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There is no fixed date for when this feature will be available to users, but a developer at CES did note that it's expected to launch within the next few months, allowing Android users in particular the ability to beam videos to Apple TV devices. VLC developer, Ludovic Fauvet, later tweeted an image of the download counter with the 3 billion mark having just been surpassed. That's despite the fact that the software already supports Google's competing Chromecast protocol. That would mean that 2D movies could have a virtual environment which would resemble the experience of a theater, with support for headsets such as HTC Vive. The solution VLC came up with instead added only one megabyte to the app's size. Let us know in the comments! And in a sign of the times, around a quarter of those downloads are coming from mobile devices.

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