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VLC crosses three billion downloads, is adding AirPlay support and more

13 January 2019

The development team celebrated with a countdown clock at its CES booth, and the three billion milestone is expected to be reached sometime today. It's available on all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. VideoLan, the company behind VLC, announced earlier this week at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2019 that its app will exceed 3 billion downloads this weekend.

With that feature, Android users will be able to cast videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. 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. Many new televisions from Samsung, LG, and others will now support AirPlay and some Apple services. But the folks at VideoLan won't stop here, as they revealed an impressive roadmap for VLC, which includes AirPlay and VR support. The VLC team will also expand VR support in the future.

VLC is also preparing to add native support for VR content, according to the report, adding that VLC's developers are planning features including the option to watch 2D content in a movie theater-style environment. Had the team relied on the SDKs of headset makers, the implementation would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to the app. Last but not least, VLC devs plan to build a better media library for the app to make it easier to switch from iTunes.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone. VLC developer, Ludovic Fauvet, later tweeted an image of the download counter with the 3 billion mark having just been surpassed. As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

VLC crosses three billion downloads, is adding AirPlay support and more