VLC announces Apple AirPlay support, feature may come to Windows app

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 11, 2019

There is no release date yet at all. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website. VideoLAN is present these days at CES 2019 in Las Vegas and celebrated the major milestone with a futuristic countdown at their booth, and said that they're working on VLC 4, a massive release that would add long-anticipated features. Still, one interesting feature that will make it to VLC very soon is AirPlay support. Apple has sometimes 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.

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.

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VLC did not confirm exactly which platforms will be supported, but given that Android is on the list support may also come to Windows.

According to Variety, the "team reverse-engineered most VR headsets to natively support VR video through the main VLC app" because using the SDKs provided by the headset-makers would increase the file size of VLC Media Player by hundreds of megabytes. VLC developer, Ludovic Fauvet, later tweeted an image of the download counter with the 3 billion mark having just been surpassed. With meaningful updates and support for modern platforms, the application is well on its way to smashing the four billion download milestone. They noted that mobile downloads account for about a quarter of that number.

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