VLC Media Player To Reach 3 Billion Downloads Today

VLC passes 3 billion downloads

Conveniently enough, the milestone was crossed during CES where the developer was demonstrating new features heading to the app. VideoLan, the company behind VLC, announced earlier this week at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2019 that its app will exceed 3 billion downloads this weekend.

At the same time, In a report that quotes organization president Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLan is working to introduce support for Apple Airplay for VLC, which will allow users to transfer their videos from their phone to Apple TV.


Just like with Chromecast, we intend to support AirPlay on any platform. Kempf said that Airplay could make it to the main VLC app in about a month. There is no release date yet at all. Its simplicity is exactly what made it so popular among users and got it almost 3 billion downloads. 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. What you probably didn't know, is that VLC reached has been downloaded more than 3 billion times on the official website.

While we thought that the vast majority of downloads for VLC would be on PC or notebook, it turns out that mobile makes up quite a large chunk, with Engadget reporting that it's around 25 percent. The solution VLC came up with instead added only one megabyte to the app's size. 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. About 25% of that huge amount comes from mobile devices, so about 750 million downloads are coming from Android and iOS platforms.

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