VLC is one of the best video playback applications currently on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. And now, is available for Apple TV on the tvOS operating system.
Recently Apple has launched a new tvOS 9.2 beta, something that will come in handy for the VLC application, which has some very interesting features for Apple TV and which we will talk about next.
The news about the launch of VLC on Apple TV is no surprise, since its developers had already commented that they were working on it a couple of months ago.
The VLC for tvOS application automatically discovers the video files stored in our local network, using SMB and UPnP servers through FTP and PLEX protocols. We can also browse the videos with the new Siri Remote control of the fourth generation Apple TV and select content for playback. In addition, subtitles can be added to the videos from OpenSubtitles.org.
VLC login credentials can be securely stored on Apple TV and will be able to sync with other devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
VLC provides an IP address in the playback menu on Apple TV. With this IP address we can enter the web browser of the PC or Mac to play videos remotely on the Apple TV. You can also simply drag and drop the files to play them on the TV easily.
“For a playback from a URL on your TV, simply paste it into the field and press Enter. Once playback is complete, you can find the video in the network view for future use. As with files, you can send multiple URLs and they will be added to a playlist.
The VLC application for tvOS offers some basic controls for Apple TV: Play, Pause, Advance… Additionally, VLC is testing a beta version to have compatibility with cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive and Box. This feature will be available soon.