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VLC reaches three billion downloads, will soon add AirPlay


Added 01-11-19 12:09:02am EST - “VLC, the video player that'll crunch every format you've heard of, plus all the ones you haven't, is about to hit a huge milestone. Variety spotted an installat...” - Engadget.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “VLC reaches three billion downloads, will soon add AirPlay”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

VLC, the video player that'll crunch every format you've heard of, plus all the ones you haven't, is about to hit a huge milestone. Variety spotted an installation at VideoLan's CES booth that's counting ever-closer to the three billion download mark. The VideoLan team expects the (really) Big Three-Oh to be hit at some point on Friday, with around 25 percent of all downloads going to mobile devices.

In a celebratory mood, company representatives said that VLC would be working to bring AirPlay to its platform in the future. The report quotes developer Jean-Baptiste Kempf, who thinks the ability — which would let Android users beam videos to Apple TVs — could arrive next months. Other projects the team are working on include a VR mode for watching 2D content on VR headsets and a better media library. While it'll never attempt to complete with Plex, Kempf hopes VLC can be a better alternative for iTunes.

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