VLC gets new version across all platforms, including Android TV

The popular open source video player app VLC got updated across all of its platforms Friday, including iOS, Android, Windows phone and RT as well as all desktop versions. VLC also for the first time released a beta version for Android TV, which could help make personal media playback on that new platform more effortless.

It’s the first time VLC has released new versions across all of its platforms, and updates include better support for newer video codecs like H.265 and VP9 as well as updated interfaces for Android and iOS.

One feature will especially help mobile users: VLC now automatically detects videos that have been recorded with an upright phone — you know, those clips that tend to get played back sideways — and rotates them using hardware acceleration.

I previewed VLC for Android TV a couple of weeks ago. Have a look:

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New 4K TVs from Sony, LG and Sharp support Google’s VP9 codec

Google is pushing ahead with its VP9 video codec, and a bunch of partners are actually going to show off products at CES in Las Vegas this week: Sony, LG and Sharp are all getting ready to ship 4K TVs that support VP9, and the YouTube app on those devices is already taking advantage of it to stream high-resolution content with lower bit rates. Altogether, there are now 26 partners launching products that use VP9 for different kinds of screens, according to a YouTube blog post, which also pointed out that VP9 helped to more than double YouTube HD and 4k video consumption in emerging markets.