One of the most popular video players for numerous users around the world is finally available for the newest-generation Apple TV. Following its goal which says that “VLC plays everything and runs everywhere”, VLC Player is available right now on the App Store.
VLC lets you play back videos in a variety of unconventional formats without converting them, as well as offers numerous advanced controls like custom playback speeds, switching between multiple audio and subtitle tracks, as well as viewing album art and artists’ bios when playing radio streams.
When it comes to transferring files between a computer to a TV, this is going to be the biggest hurdle to using VLC. However, the app comes with a web interface that allows you to drag files from a local computer and send them over to the Apple TV. You can also use a number of services on the local network to pull in the content, like Windows Shares (SMB), DLNA/UPnP media servers, FTP, and Plex servers. It is said that we can expect native integration with cloud services in a near future, notable services like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box. This feature has already entered beta testing.
VideoLAN, a company behind VLC Player, is a non-profit organization based in Paris, France. This company has no employees but supports the development of free and open-source multimedia solutions thanks to voluntary contributions. This is why VLC is always free of charge and comes without ads or spyware.
JustGoodBites has already written about a similar application that allows you to play your local library of video files. You can find our review of PLEX for Apple TV on this link.