VLC reaches three billion downloads, will soon add AirPlay

A VR mode has been tipped for later in 2019.

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Daniel Cooper
January 11th, 2019
In this article: AirPlay, av, CES, CES2019, Downloads, gear, internet, VLC
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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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