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VLC media player wants to add AirPlay support, soon to reach three billion downloads



 VLC on the Mac.
Enlarge / VLC on the Mac.

Samuel Axon

VLC wants to add support for Apple's AirPlay streaming feature soon

VLC also provided the following statement to the Timeline and clarify some specifics of the AirPlay rollout:

Just like with Chromecast, we intend to support AirPlay on any platform. There is no release date at all. We would like to get to know VLC 4, which is the next major release we are currently working on.

The VLC development team has added support for Chromecast, Google's AirPlay equivalent, in 201

8. Apple has 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. Many new televisions from Samsung, LG, and others now support AirPlay and some Apple services.

The addition of AirPlay to VLC's Android app wants to make streaming content from Apple devices to Android's easy for those who use the app. The VLC team also wants to expand VR's support in the future. Specifically, they are demonstrating the ability to watch 2D movies in a virtual theater while wearing the HTC Vive at its CES booth this week.

According to Variety, the "VR-reverse-engineered VR headsets to natively support VR video through the main VLC app" because of the SDKs provided by the headset makers would increase the file size of VLC Media Player by hundreds of megabytes.

Additionally, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion user downloads. The development team celebrates with a countdown clock at its CES booth, and the three billion milestone is expected to come sometime today. The team noted that mobile downloads account for about a quarter of that number.


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