VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

We will let you know in advance once we define a date. We would like it to be part of VLC 4, which is the next major release we are now working on. VLC 3.0.6 adds support for 12 bits AV1 decoding, adds HDR support in AV1 if the container provides the metadata, and fixes an issue for DVD subtitles. Apple has sometimes offered AirPlay on non-Apple devices before-on the Sonos One for example-but this year's CES has been marked by some notable expansions, particularly in televisions. Additionally, the VLC media player app for Android is getting support for AirPlay, allowing users to stream videos and songs from their Android smartphone to the Apple TV.

VLC is probably the most popular cross-platform media playback application available to date, used by millions of computer users worldwide on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and even Windows Phone OS. Specifically, they demonstrated the ability to watch 2D movies in a virtual theater while wearing the HTC Vive at its CES booth this week. Kempf said the feature should arrive in the main VLC app within a month or so. Had the team relied on the SDKs of headset makers, the implementation would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to the app. VLC developer, Ludovic Fauvet, later tweeted an image of the download counter with the 3 billion mark having just been surpassed.

VLC will be celebrating another milestone soon. And in a sign of the times, around a quarter of those downloads are coming from mobile devices.

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