The team behind VLC is excited about surpassing the 3 billion downloads milestone since its first release back in 2001.
After that, a major update will be pushed to VLC across all popular platforms.
VLC, one of the most popular open-source video players out there, has breached the 3 billion downloads milestone at the ongoing CES 2019 trade fair, around a quarter of which have been registered from the mobile platform. 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.
At CES 2019, VLC announced the support for Apple AirPlay which will allow users to stream any video from their Android or iOS device to Apple TV. This should perhaps comes as no surprise. It's not clear why this is, but ongoing speculation heavily implies that it's part of Apple preparations for the imminent launch of its own video streaming service. As their interview continued they discussed VLC's roadmap which actually includes support for Apple's Airplay. The development team reverse-engineered several VR headsets in order to natively support VR video in the VLC app (watching a 2D movie in a virtual movie theater).
To make it possible, headset manufacturers using SDK would have needed to add a massive amount of code with hundreds of megabytes to make the headset compatible with the main VLC app. On the other hand, the team's implementation is based on just roughly a single megabyte of additional code. However, Kempf said the team doesn't want to create a complete media center with specific tools for media library management. Obviously, the company doesn't plan to compete with Plex and Kodi but make the user experience smoother instead.
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