Beta for Windows 8 VLC app to be sent to Kickstarter backers this month

In late December, the Kickstarter campaign to help fund a Windows 8 app for the popular free VLC media player ended successfully, as the team raised a total of £47,056 (just over $76,000). There's been only one development update for the Windows 8 VLC app since that time, however, and that update was just for the Kickstarter backers.

Since its been over two months after the end of the Kickstarter campaign, Neowin decided to contact the VideoLAN team to get an update. We received the following response from team member Jean-Baptiste Kempf:

So, the development is still under heavy work. So far, we have playback of all the files of the desktop version, in a correctly performing way, without too much speed drawbacks. The basic UI is working, but a lot of work is yet to be done there, like on Android, to polish it :)

As far as the main work, which is to make it compatible with the Windows Store restrictions, we are still blocked by technical difficulties and we don't know how to fix them, and the lack of external help makes it quite difficult. We probably will send a beta to our backers, this month, as we had promised.

While the news of the backers getting a beta version of the app sometime this month is good news, it's a bit troubling to hear that the VideoLAN team is still dealing with the restrictions that Microsoft has set up for the Windows Store. Hopefully they will find a way around these problems or perhaps get some help from Microsoft itself.

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I wonder what restrictions would hold them back so much when mobile.hd seems to work just fine and has no problems getting in the store.

That said, I use Plex mostly anyway.. works fine for me on my Lumia 620 and notebook..

I backed the KS project. I really hope they workaround the restrictions with the store. MS would be wise to work with them.

I could have sworn in the KS they mentioned having support of MS.

found it:

"Then, we've been in touch with Microsoft representatives, who are thrilled about our endeavor and ready to collaborate with us. They are looking into ways of supporting us directly through non-financial matters, notably hardware, technical and design help. This is great news."

In RT/WP there is no "player core", since they'd need to port the player, they could short circuit the process by using MS's player.

Ive tried the mobile.hd trial on my windows 8 desktop (dont have my surface RT yet) and no matter what i do it keeps crashing haha (but then it could be my computer is super ****, 8 year old dell)

what are the problems with windows store?

mrlcutleruk83 said,
Ive tried the mobile.hd trial on my windows 8 desktop (dont have my surface RT yet) and no matter what i do it keeps crashing haha (but then it could be my computer is super ****, 8 year old dell)

what are the problems with windows store?

was it a long time ago? it used to be crappy at first,but with some updates its actually pretty decent ,and a lot of bugs got ironed out.

Are Microdaft likely to help them out since they already have their own video app and don't seem too bothered about getting mkv working with it?

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Are Microdaft likely to help them out since they already have their own video app and don't seem too bothered about getting mkv working with it?

theres already a media player available in the store that plays every single mkv that ive thrown at it. performance is awesome and seeking is very fast.actually seeking is faster than the mkv playback in my desktop media players.

vcfan said,

theres already a media player available in the store that plays every single mkv that ive thrown at it. performance is awesome and seeking is very fast.actually seeking is faster than the mkv playback in my desktop media players.

Can you give us the name? I've seen dozens of media player apps that look like skinned versions of the default one and reviews say they don't play mkv.

Sadelwo said,

Can you give us the name? I've seen dozens of media player apps that look like skinned versions of the default one and reviews say they don't play mkv.

mobile.hd is the name. its $3.50 I think,but theres a trial.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Are Microdaft likely to help them out since they already have their own video app and don't seem too bothered about getting mkv working with it?

MS isn't going to support MKV for the exact same reason they dropped support for AVI (which is pretty much the same to MKV and its MS').

Shadowzz said,

MS isn't going to support MKV for the exact same reason they dropped support for AVI (which is pretty much the same to MKV and its MS').

MKV isn't "pretty much the same" as AVI. Not even in the same league. The only thing they have in common is that they are container formats.

Sadelwo said,

Can you give us the name? I've seen dozens of media player apps that look like skinned versions of the default one and reviews say they don't play mkv.

There's one called PressPlay Video. It's free. MKV and FLV work with it.

Shadowzz said,

MS isn't going to support MKV for the exact same reason they dropped support for AVI (which is pretty much the same to MKV and its MS').

Because it doesn't support file sizes over 2GB?