If you have been on the official VLC website in the past 12 hours or so, you may have noticed that an update was posted for the popular VLC media player. The update brings the version of the player to 2.0.1, and while it is already available for download at the official project website, it has not yet been picked up by the player's internal update checker. Update notifications are likely being rolled out gradually, which means that while VLC users may receive update notifications right now, others may have to wait a bit longer before they get them.
VLC 2.0.1 is a security and feature update, which makes it an important update for all VLC users. The version replaces VLC 2.0 which has been downloaded more than 15 million times since its release on February 18, 2012.
The VLC Security Advisory page lists two security fixes for March 2012 which both have been integrated into the update. The first resolves an issue in VLC's Real RTSP support, the second a stack overflow in VLC's MMS support.
The VLC development team has added several new features to VLC 2.0.1 that include support for MxPEG files and streams, limited support for Blu-Ray disc menus, and additional interface customization features for Mac OS X users.
About 120 bugs have been fixed in the new VLC version. The most prominent fixes include a fix for playback from splitted RAR archive files, MKV support fixes, and http live streaming support fixes.
VLC Media Player 2.0.1 is as usually available for all supported operating systems and as a source code download.
The developers are still working on improving Blu-Ray disc playback support in the media player, and limited support for menus is a step in the right direction.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.