Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

VLC Media Player Passes 3 Billion Downloads Mark, AirPlay Support Coming Soon

VLC Media Player Passes 3 Billion Downloads Mark, AirPlay Support Coming Soon

The media player was around a million downloads shy of reaching the 3 billion mark when CES kicked off and achieved the impressive milestone on Thursday. It's available on all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. Kempf said the feature should arrive in the main VLC app within a month or so. AirPlay support will allow Android users to beam videos from their smartphones to Apple TVs. Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the lead developers of the popular app, told Variety in an interview that around a quarter of the downloads of the app were done on mobile devices. Many new televisions from Samsung, LG, and others will now support AirPlay and some Apple services.

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

VLC is one of the world's most popular video players, largely thanks to the fact that it's open sourced and can support pretty much any video or audio format that you throw at it.

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They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC.

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.

Beyond AirPlay and VR, VideoLAN might also be looking to build a more robust media library in line with iTunes. According to Variety, it is expected that VLC will surpass its downloads goal at some point in the day on Friday. Obviously, the company doesn't plan to compete with Plex and Kodi but make the user experience smoother instead. The company confirmed that they're closing in on 3 billion downloads.

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