VLC for Android will soon support casting to Apple TVs via Airplay

VLC passes 3 billion downloads

Whenever you can not play a specifically formatted movie or video on your PC or notebook, you often turn to one media player - VLC.

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.

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 will let Android users beam video files from their Android phones to the Apple TV.

It's part of the reason why the media player developed by VideoLAN has proved so popular, and recently passed a rather significant milestone. VideoLAN has ambitions to offer give users all the features they could possibly want from a media player - including native support for VR videos when played on the company's VR app.

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The team behind VLC is excited about surpassing the 3 billion downloads milestone since its first release back in 2001.

The VLC development team added support for Chromecast, Google's AirPlay equivalent, earlier this year. 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. Specifically, they demonstrated the ability to watch 2D movies in a virtual theater while wearing the HTC Vive at its CES booth this week. The solution VLC came up with instead added only one megabyte to the app's size. However, the demonstration at CES 2019 shows that through reverse-engineering, only one megabyte of code is required to implement the feature properly, Kempf said. This, however, raises the suspicion that VLC could compete with other media streaming apps like Kodi.

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