VLC

VLC media player lands on Apple TV

VLC for Apple TV was supposed to be released back in December, but it took longer than anticipated. As of Tuesday, the application is now available free in the App Store on the fourth-generation Apple TV.

According to Felix Kühne, lead iOS developer for VLC, the app is “a full port of VLC media player combined with platform-specific features” and it supports virtually all formats under the sun, just like its iOS counterpart.

Like Infuse and Plex, VLC permits you to stream audio and video item stored on network-attached drives to your Apple TV, without having to manually convert DIVX, AVI and other “foreign” files into iOS-friendly formats.

VLC launches full support for iOS 9, watchOS 2, SMB and more

Cross-platform media player by VideoLAN, called VLC, has been rewritten from the ground up for watchOS 2. And on the iOS side, VLC comes with many new features.

VLC plays a variety of video/audio files in non-iOS-friendly formats without conversion, including MKV movies.

The app also includes support for multiple audio tracks with 5.1 surround sound and subtitle tracks. In addition, VLC for iOS has dropped support for iOS 6.1 and now requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0+.

UPDATE: The post originally stated that VLC is now available on the new Apple TV. Regrettably, that announcement was an oversight on part of VideoLAN, which has since removed mentions of the Apple TV app from their release notes.

VLC gains Apple Watch controller, mini-player, support for looping playlists and more

VLC, a cross-platform, open-source media player by VideoLAN that can render just about any file type thrown at it, has updated its iOS app in the App Store with a brand new WatchKit component in addition to a bunch of new features and other enhancements.

VLC 2.6 for iOS now lets you control your media library application from your wrist, with the Apple Watch app providing basic playback control, media information and the ability to browse your library.

VLC media player is back in the App Store

VLC, the popular cross-platform media player which lets you watch AVI videos on your iPhone and iPad without conversion (as well as other non-iOS-friendly media types), is back in the App Store following a long-standing licensing dispute.

In addition to resolving licensing issues, this edition of VLC brings a few noteworthy enhancements to the table which I’ll lay out for you after the jump.

UPDATE: following a soft-launch in New Zealand, the app on February 27, 2015, finally went live in the US App Store.

How to watch AVI videos or movies on iPhone

I previously wrote a guide on how to stream movies from your iTunes library on your iPhone or iPad using Home Sharing. The feature only works with iTunes-supported file formats though, meaning that you can only stream videos or movies in formats like MP4 and MOV. Many other video codecs, notably AVI, are not playable by iTunes.

Nevertheless, it is still possible to play AVI videos or movies on iPhone or iPad. You simply need to download the official VLC for iOS app, which is free on the App Store, and choose one of several methods to get the AVI videos or movies onto your device. Read ahead for step-by-step instructions on how to watch AVI videos or movies on iPhone or iPad… 

VLC for iOS introduces folders, new file types, subtitle improvements and more

Back in January, VideoLan’s cross-platform media player, VLC, rolled out a major iOS 7-centric redesign of its iPhone and iPad client. It’s also fixed numerous bugs while adding the ability to stream media from Google Drive and Dropbox.

Apps like VLC are needed to enjoy “foreign” audio and video file types on iOS devices, stuff like mkv, avi, wma, divx and more.

Following a few maintenance releases, the team today released a new version that refines the user interface and extends the app’s functionality.

The new VLC 2.3 for iOS is now available free in the App Store, bringing support for folders for your media files. In addition, there are two new options in settings dealing with subtitles and gestures, the app can now play password protected HTTP streams, it’s got new translations, supports additional audio and video file formats and more…

VLC’s iOS 7 makeover: now with Google Drive integration, Dropbox streaming and more

The popular cross-platform desktop media player, VLC by VideoLan, has finally received its iOS 7 makeover in Monday’s version 2.2 update. Launching later today in the App Store, VLC for iOS 2.2 includes a number of new features and refinements, and a long list of bug fixes.

Perhaps most notably, you can now stream media stored in your Google Drive and Dropbox. As you’d expect from any iOS 7 app refresh, there are some new multitouch gestures for easier navigation.

VLC has always had a very robust support for non-iOS friendly audio and video file types and today’s update is no exception: matter of fact, VLC 2.2 expands on that with support for some new streaming formats and protocols…

VLC 2.1.2 is out with experimental decoding of HEVC and WebM/VP9

VLC, the free cross-platform desktop media player, has been through some turmoil as VideoLan, which manages the project, has undergone reorganization as the multinational development team now spans twenty nations.

The open source media player made its App Store debut back in October 2010 as one of the first iPhone apps that could render media file formats unsupported by iTunes and iOS. Unfortunately, the app got pulled in January 2011 over licensing issues.

The problems came down to the GNU General Public License (GLP) requirements as developer Rémi Denis-Courmont, lead contributor to the VLC project, filed a licensing claim based on the code he had contributed to the project.

Following a two-year hiatus, VLC made its way back into the App Store earlier this summer (you can download it for free). And today, VideoLan has pushed an update to VLC for Mac and Windows desktops, bringing a lot of fixes and a cool experimental decoding of media files in HEVC and WebM/VP9 file formats…