VLC hits 3 billion download mark with AirPlay being added this year
VLC hits 3 billion download mark with AirPlay being added this year
VLC Expected to Break 3B Downloads at CES, Will Add Airplay Soon
13 January, 2019, 21:03
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. The Videolan team, which is behind the creation of the video player app, is present at CES and the team members announced that VLC Media Player is about to reach 3 billion downloads today (Friday). Additionally, the VLC media player app for Android is getting support for AirPlay, allowing users to stream videos and songs from their Android smartphone to the Apple TV.
Just like Chromecast support, however, VLC plans to add AirPlay support to all of its platforms. First up is a major update to VLC's Android app in about a month, which will introduce support for AirPlay. There is no release date yet at all. 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.
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