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THE ME­DIA PLAYER MAIN­STAY KEEPS IM­PROV­ING. Free | www.vide­olan.org You might won­der why we’re re­view­ing one of the most en­dur­ing cross-plat­form me­dia play­ers now, since it’s been avail­able for years. But it’s re­ceived plenty of up­dates through­out its life, and it’s worth re­turn­ing to oc­ca­sion­ally. For the fundamentals (ie, play­ing a large se­lec­tion of video file types in a fuss-free, easy-to-use UI), VLC is still hard to beat, and re­mains one of the first apps in­stalled on any new de­vice. Chief among the re­cent up­dates, though, is Chrome­cast sup­port. While it’s still in beta (though eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble through the pub­licly avail­able app), this al­lows you to stream VLC to your Chrome­cast de­vice, which for some might prove a more con­ve­nient way to get phone con­tent play­ing on a TV. Mean­while, scrolling through videos has been im­proved — it’s not as choppy as it once was — and lo­cal net­work file shar­ing is as sim­ple as se­lect­ing the rel­e­vant lo­cal de­vice and en­ter­ing a pass­word.

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