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VLC update adds in-app extensions, resume playback, Android TV support, more

Ian Paul | March 2, 2015
Everybody's favorite open source video player just got even better. The VideoLAN Organization is releasing the stable version of VLC 2.2.0 on Friday, packed with a few goodies ahead of the VLC 3.0.0 release scheduled for later this year.

There's also the first public beta release of VLC for Android TV, as well as a debut beta for Windows Phone.

Best of the rest

VLC will automatically detect when a video is displaying vertically and then rotate it using hardware acceleration. VLC only does this for MP4, MOV, MKV, and h.264 video files on select platforms, however.

VLC 2.2.0 also supports Digital Cinema Packages, which are used in movie theaters. Additionally, there's also experimental support for interactive Blu-ray menus. Linux, Raspberry Pi, and Android users now have a new hardware acceleration mechanism that other platforms will see in version 3.0.

If you have an UltraHD (4K) display at home, VLC should now do a better job of using VP9 and H265 codecs. Finally, Mac users should notice an interface that is better updated for Yosemite on version 2.2.0.

This won't be the last major upgrade for VLC in 2015. VLC 3.0.0 is slated for release later in the year, with features such as adaptive streaming,  MPEG transport (TS) streams, and "partial" ChromeCast integration.

 

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