VLC team directs remaining KickStarter time to speed VLC for Windows Phone 8

imageThe VideoLan team reached their £40,000 goal with 5 days to spare yesterday. Now they have announced that any additional money they raise will go towards speeding up bringing the client to Windows Phone 8.

The team had previously said they would eventually bring the software to Windows Phone 8, but only after doing a Windows RT client. Many believe it will be 2014 before the software gets to the Windows Phone 8 store.

Now they announced their intent, depending on the funds raised, to parallelize the work, and do the Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 client simultaneously.

They write:

Dear backers,

This evening, we crossed our goal of £40,000. Thanks again for your generous support and for allowing us to realize our project!

Any further money coming in will greatly speed up the availability of our port of VLC to Windows Phone 8, since it will allow us to parallelize the workload of the ports to Windows 8 / RT and Phone.

Furthermore, we would like to propose a few additional features, on which we will be working full-time after the initial release is done and as long as money is left:

  • camera input support — This allows you to record anything your connected cameras can see and to stream it live where ever you like.
  • DLNA client and server integration — Play media stored on DLNA capable servers on your Windows RT tablet or Windows Phone — Stream everything VLC can play on your tablet or Windows 8 PC to your DLNA capable devices (Xbox, …).
  • integration with locally attached devices for media playback and synchronization
  • Smartglass support

Thanks again for all your feedback and your support. We are looking forward to go all-in on this project!

Given that the work is now a relatively safe bet, if you want the app on your Windows Phone this year rather than next, a small donation is a pretty good idea.

See the KickStarter here.



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