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

Isaac Cain
January 13, 2019

Hidden within the hustle and bustle of CES, everyone's favourite video player is gearing up for a major milestone achievement, as the addition of new features.

The open-source VLC Media Player app from VideoLAN reached a major milestone today as it just passed the 3 billion downloads mark on the project's official website.

At CES 2019, VLC announced the support for Apple AirPlay which will allow users to stream any video from their Android or iOS device to Apple TV. There is no release date yet at all. That's despite the fact that the software already supports Google's competing Chromecast protocol.

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But that's not all that the dozen or so people on the VLC development team are working on. When the update does land, it would make VLC one of the few Android apps to actually support AirPlay support, and it would most certainly be the biggest name to offer the functionality. This will let Android users beam video files from their Android phones to the Apple TV. There's no word on when that update will arrive or whether AirPlay will be part of version 4.0, although VideoLAN admits that support is now planned for V4.

VLC is also preparing to add native support for VR content, according to the report, adding that VLC's developers are planning features including the option to watch 2D content in a movie theater-style environment.

They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC. Its simplicity is exactly what made it so popular among users and got it almost 3 billion downloads. And in a sign of the times, around a quarter of those downloads are coming from mobile devices.

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