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VLC is getting Chromecast support for iOS and desktop versions


VLC is without a doubt one of the best desktop/mobile apps. It has been around so long and continuously improved and recompiled to take advantage of each platform on which it’s built, few media players can match it. It is the the Swiss Army knife of media players and it keeps solidiering on and on. If they can get VLC to work with Chromecast screensharing that would be a real accomplishment. I wish the whole VLC developers team a lot of luck.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The popular open source media player VLC could get Chromecast support soon: VLC developers recently confirmed on the official VideoLAN forum that they’re currently working on bringing Chromecast support to the media player (hat tip to Reddit user badgerflower). Lead OSX and iOS developer Felix Paul Kühne wrote:

“In addition to the iOS variant, we are also working on a Windows / Linux / Mac implementation, which will take a bit longer because it’s harder.”

Enabling casting from the desktop app is likely harder because Google (S GOOG) hasn’t released an SDK for native apps on Windows, Mac or Linux yet. This means that the VLC team would either have to reverse engineer the functionality — which could lead to updates breaking it — or have VLC work in concert with the Chrome browser.

VLC is an open source video player application that’s popular because it’s capable of playing close…

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June 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

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