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The makers of the popular media player app VLC have announced that Chromecast support will be coming first to the iOS version of the app, and later to the Android and desktop versions. In an email to GigaOM, the lead developer for the iOS application stated that the update should be coming within four to six weeks.

Since Google has yet to release official SDKs for native Windows, Mac, or Linux apps, the desktop versions take a lot more work to support Chromecast. Still, many users will be grateful to know that they’ll soon be able to watch their favorite videos on their TV by connecting their VLC app to their Chromecast.

VLC, known for its ability to play all sorts of obscure file types The VLC Media Player - Does it Really Play Everything? The VLC Media Player - Does it Really Play Everything? Read More , and has become a widely known and used media player app, attracting audiences of both audiophiles and average consumers. It is completely free, open source, and available on a wide range of platforms — even taking a stab at Windows 8 VLC Media Player Beta For Windows 8 Spotted In Microsoft's Windows Store VLC Media Player Beta For Windows 8 Spotted In Microsoft's Windows Store VLC media player (beta) has been spotted in the Windows Store. It's welcome, though it has taken a long time to arrive, and the bugs still need to be ironed out. Read More . It’s run by the VideoLAN Organization, a non-profit organization based in France that promotes open source multimedia software.

After nearly two years on Android VLC Unofficially Arrives On Android [News] VLC Unofficially Arrives On Android [News] Read More , many are hoping that the next update for the Android app will also drop the Beta moniker, but that is still unconfirmed. The iOS version of the app, on the other hand, has been applauded as a strong app Ditch iTunes & Use VLC For iPhone & iPad Media Ditch iTunes & Use VLC For iPhone & iPad Media VLC for iOS does rather a lot that Apple would probably rather it didn't. It's also better than iTunes for media on the go. Here's why. Read More and received a timely update to iOS 7 styling VLC Player Updates For iOS 7 With Streaming Support From Dropbox & Google Drive VLC Player Updates For iOS 7 With Streaming Support From Dropbox & Google Drive With the coming of iOS 7, VLC Player also comes out with a fresh new interface. The design makeover aside, VLC Player version 2.2.0 also comes with a very useful streaming support from Dropbox and... Read More .

Are you excited that Chromecast support will be coming to VLC? Are there any other improvements you’d like to see for the VLC apps? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Android Police, GigaOM

  1. Mark B
    July 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I'm happy to wait for the desktop version and will applaud videolan once again for being at the cutting edge and free, since I discovered them some years ago, I've used nothing else, OK their 64 bit version has a way to go before being perfect. The fact that I'll be able to multicast many vids, pics or music files at one time is a massive gain, the only option you have right now is Videostream which is fine but you do not have the option to play multiples of files without paying for the privilege, that I think is robbery, once you buy a media player, you don't get charged for playing more than one media file on it, disgruntled customer...

    google chromecast, should know better than to rob their clients

  2. Don Gateley
    June 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  3. reppiner
    June 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Yes, but will it transcode AC3 Audio so I can finally cast my MKV's from my phone to chromecast?

    • Mathew P
      June 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      I doubt it will do on-the-fly transcoding, as it would quickly drain the battery.

      Maybe they'll add an option to do it for those who want to, with a warning to make sure the users are aware of the impact.

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