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VLC finally getting Chromecast support in version 3.0

A little over a half year since we first heard about VLC's plans to offer Chromecast support, a new changelog has arrived indicating that support for the streaming dongle is arriving in VLC 3.0.

Published onFebruary 17, 2015

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While not necessarily the flashiest of media players, VLC remains one of the most popular due to its high level of compatibility with just about any media format out there. This is true not only for PC users, but for Android and even iOS users. And now VLC is getting even better, as a new changelog from VLC indicates that support for Google’s Chromecast could be added to version 3.0 of the media player.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about VLC getting Chromecast support, as the first hints about the addition hit back in June of last year. At the time it was believed that the feature could roll out in as little as a month, something that obviously never happened. Ironically enough, the initial report also suggested iOS users would receive the feature first with Android next in line and platforms like Windows, Linux and Mac to follow later. It’s unclear if this will still be the case, though it is worth noting that VLC has finally returned to iOS after being pulled again.

So why did it take a half year or so to bring Chromecast support to VLC? Although we can’t say for sure, it is possible that VLC wanted a consistent release of the feature for all major platforms and felt that bringing the feature to version 3.0 (which is expected to bring a number of exciting new features) would make it stand out more than if they would have done it earlier in a minor (2.x) release. Either way, we’ll be sure to update our readers as soon as we know more.

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