VLC is probably one of the most popular media player out there. Loved by people not only because its open source and absolutely free, but because it has the capability to play just about any format. Its available on major mobile and desktop platforms and an upcoming update will add support for Google’s HDMI dongle. The VLC team has confirmed that Chromecast support for VLC on Android, iOS and desktop is coming in the near future.
The team confirmed this on the official VideoLAN forum, adding that they’ve started working on bringing Chromecast support to VLC. Felix Paul Kühne, the lead OSX and iOS developer, wrote that the team is also working on Windows, Linux and Mac implementation but that will take a bit longer “because it’s harder.”
While Kühne didn’t give a firm release time frame he did say that the iOS version will be ready to ship in at least four to six weeks. He also confirmed that Chromecast support will be added to VLC for Android once the iOS variant has been released. At this rate we’re probably looking at a mid-July release.
For those who don’t know, Chromecast is a $35 HDMI dongle that lets users stream content from a wide variety of devices to a TV. Its capable of running apps itself. Support in VLC will enable users to stream media content of almost every format to their TV.