Friday, 22 March, 2019

VLC announces Apple AirPlay support, feature may come to Windows app

VLC Air Play Support Apps & Software VLC on iPhone and Android will soon get Air Play support Chris Smith @chris_w
Troy Mann | 13 January, 2019, 21:01

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.

Said milestone comes in the form of 3 billion downloads of the software, with the team behind the media player setting up a counter at their booth at CES 2019 this week. [Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the president and lead developer of VLC's parent company VideoLan] then plans to update the VR app, which will enable native support for VR videos.

VLC will add AirPlay support in the coming weeks. There is no release date yet at all.

The VLC development team added support for Chromecast, Google's AirPlay equivalent, earlier this year.

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The new feature will be available in the forthcoming VLC 4.0, according to a Techcrunch report, making it one of the biggest new features since the addition of support for Google's Chromecast devices previous year.

While we thought that the vast majority of downloads for VLC would be on PC or notebook, it turns out that mobile makes up quite a large chunk, with Engadget reporting that it's around 25 percent. Its simplicity is exactly what made it so popular among users and got it almost 3 billion downloads.

They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website. The team expects the app to hit that number sometime today, with a quarter of that downloads being onto mobile devices. Instead, they went their own route so that users would be able to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment using their application.

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