VLC has three billion downloads

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

The app needs no introduction - it's probably the most popular third-party video player in existence, and for good reason. 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.

In addition to all the new functionality updates, the next major version of VLC is promising to bring playback improvements in scaling and video quality of HDR video files.

Said milestone comes in the form of 3 billion downloads of the software, with the team behind the media player setting up a counter at their booth at CES 2019 this week. Variety was able to sit down and have a talk with Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, and we learned that about a quarter of these downloads have come from mobile devices. Airplay on VLC will allow Android users to stream videos from their mobile devices to Apple TVs. 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.

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 past year. 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.

They went this route because using the SDKs from these manufacturers would have added hundreds of MB of code to VLC. Last but not least, VLC devs plan to build a better media library for the app to make it easier to switch from iTunes.

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