VLC now available for 4th-generation AppleTV, adds new iOS and watchOS 2 features

VLC is a popular cross-platform media player that can play just about any video or audio file format on your iOS device. Now the folks at the non-profit VideoLAN have added an all-new version for the 4th-generation Apple TV, rewritten their watchOS 2 extension app from the ground up, and added new features to the iOS app. 

The app will play most movies, shows and music in any format, with source files coming from Dropbox, GDrive,OneDrive, Box, iCLoud Drive, iTunes, direct downloads or through Wi-Fi sharing, as well as streaming from SMB, FTP, UPnP/DLNA media servers and the web. There's support for multiple audio tracks with 5.1 surround sound and subtitles.

When running on iOS, the app now has official support for iOS 9 split-screen multitasking on iPads, and Touch ID can be used to lock the app from prying eyes. There's an option to configure your own gestures for media navigation, and your VLC content can be searched using the iOS Spotlight Search from the Home screen. The Apple Watch extension lets users select, control, and play files from the device. 

VLC can be downloaded for free on the iOS App Store, and the freebie version for Mac can be downloaded here.