VLC prepares to add AirPlay support as it crosses 3 billion downloads

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

Hidden within the hustle and bustle of CES, everyone's favourite video player is gearing up for a major milestone achievement, as the addition of new features.

VLC, the open-source media player from developer VideoLAN, has now been downloaded more than three billion times.

So what's next? In an interview with Variety, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, he shared some of the company's future plans for VLC, which includes adding support for AirPlay. This will allow Android users with an Apple TV to stream their videos to the Apple device in a similar fashion to Chromecast. There is no release date yet at all. When the update does land, it would make VLC one of the few Android apps to actually support AirPlay support, and it would most certainly be the biggest name to offer the functionality.

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The new feature will be available in the forthcoming VLC 4.0, according to a Techcrunch report, making it one of the biggest new features since the addition of support for Google's Chromecast devices previous year. We would like it to be part of VLC 4, which is the next major release we are now working on. The roadmap revealed that VLC Media Player is about to provide support for Airplay on mobile devices. That would mean that 2D movies could have a virtual environment which would resemble the experience of a theater, with support for headsets such as HTC Vive.

Additionally, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion user downloads. Depending exclusively on the software development kits of headset manufacturers would have added hundreds of megabytes of code to VLC. Let us know in the comments! They noted that mobile downloads account for about a quarter of that number.

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