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

VLC hits 3 billion downloads and will soon add Air Play support VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon
Katie Ramirez | 13 January, 2019, 21:00

VLC Media Player has officially been downloaded 3 billion times as of writing.

The announcement comes after VLC introduced support for Chromecast back in Febraury 2018, while also working to introduce a VR mode for watching 2D videos on headsets, as well as an improved media library.

Open source video player app VLC was mere hours away from surpassing 3 billion downloads Friday, and the Videolan team celebrated the occasion with a special download counter at their CES booth in Las Vegas. 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. At CES, there was a surprising amount of TV manufacturers who have announced that their devices will soon support many of Apple's usually locked services.

Apart from AirPlay, VLC is also getting more robust support for virtual reality, said Kempf. With its addition, it could finally mean that users will be able to beam content playing on the VLC mobile app to an Apple TV - something now not possible.

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Some of the other features now in the works include a VR mode that would convert 2D content for VR headsets, along with an enhanced media library. Depending exclusively on the software development kits of headset manufacturers would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to VLC.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone. Obviously, the company doesn't plan to compete with Plex and Kodi but make the user experience smoother instead.

The 3 billion downloads mark was probably reached today thanks to the sixth update in the "Vetinari" series.

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