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

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 11, 2019

VLC, one of the most popular open-source video players out there, has breached the 3 billion downloads milestone at the ongoing CES 2019 trade fair, around a quarter of which have been registered from the mobile platform.

VLC Media player has been with us for almost two decades and it has gone through a lot since its inception. Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the lead developers at Videolan confirmed the news to Variety. 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. 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.

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.

The addition of AirPlay to VLC's Android app will make streaming content from Apple devices to Android ones easy for those who use the app. The development team celebrated with a countdown clock at its CES booth, and the three billion milestone is expected to be reached sometime today. Kempf said that Airplay support could make it to the main VLC app in about a month.

They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC. The company confirmed that they're closing in on 3 billion downloads.

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