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

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

VLC is made by a non-profit outfit called VideoLan and runs entirely on donations so it is a wonder it is still with us.

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, told Variety that roughly a quarter of downloads are now happening on mobile devices.

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Kempf also shared some of the roadmap for VLC with Variety, which includes implementing Airplay.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone. 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. The addition, which is due in the upcoming version 4 of VLC, is the biggest new feature since the service added Chromecast support last summer. VLC developer, Ludovic Fauvet, later tweeted an image of the download counter with the 3 billion mark having just been surpassed. The feature is to be available publicly within the next month. Moreover, Kempf revealed that the Videolan team managed to make VR video support available through the main VLC app with most of the popular VR headsets. With VR support, VLC users will be able to watch traditional 2D movies in a virtual theater environment using special devices like HTC Vive. VLC 3.0.6 adds support for 12 bits AV1 decoding, adds HDR support in AV1 if the container provides the metadata, and fixes an issue for DVD subtitles. Had the team relied on the SDKs of headset makers, the implementation would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to the app. This, however, raises the suspicion that VLC could compete with other media streaming apps like Kodi. We will let you know in advance once we define a date.