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

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2019

VLC did not confirm exactly which platforms will be supported, but given that Android is on the list support may also come to Windows.

VLC Media player has been with us for almost two decades and it has gone through a lot since its inception. Most of the widely used video and audio codecs are incorporated into the application for a hassle-free video playback experience. 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). We will let you know in advance once we define a date.

The statistics provided by developer VideoLAN aren't for a specific platform as those are managed via OS app stores, including GNU/Linux distribution repositories.


The one billion downloads mark was hit in 2012 and the 2 billion downloads mark in 2016. We would like it to be part of VLC 4, which is the next major release we are now working on.

Additionally, VLC is on the verge of surpassing three billion user 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. The media player was around a million downloads shy of reaching the 3 billion mark when CES kicked off and achieved the impressive milestone on Thursday.

Jean-Baptiste Kempf, one of the app's lead developers, told Variety that roughly a quarter of downloads are now happening on mobile devices. AirPlay support should be available in an update next month.

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