I’ve told you about VLC Media Player before. But this amazing, free program is certainly worth mentioning again. In fact, it deserves a good shoutout from the rooftops.

It offers the ability to play almost any kind of video file including DVDs on Windows computers that no longer come with a built-in DVD playing program. And yes, it plays Blu-Ray!

Not only that, but it’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux devices as well as Android and iOS. It even works with Xbox One. If you have a Chromecast device, you can stream video to your TV.

It is completely free. No spyware. No ads. No user tracking.

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You get 4K and 8K playback, the ability to play 360 degree videos, and it supports 3D sound and HDR video.

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In addition to playing CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray, let’s check out the other files it will play:

Video: MPEG-1/2, DivX® (1/2/3/4/5/6), MPEG-4 ASP, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.261, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac / VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Sorenson 1/3, DV, On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Real Video (1/2/3/4).

Audio: MPEG-1/2, DivX® (1/2/3/4/5/6), MPEG-4 ASP, XviD, 3ivX D4, H.261, H.263 / H.263i, H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC, Cinepak, Theora, Dirac / VC-2, MJPEG (A/B), WMV 1/2, WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1, Sorenson 1/3, DV, On2 VP3/VP5/VP6, Indeo Video v3 (IV32), Real Video (1/2/3/4).

DVDs:  DVD, Text files (MicroDVD, SubRIP, SubViewer, SSA1-5, SAMI, VPlayer), Closed captions, Vobsub, Universal Subtitle Format (USF), SVCD / CVD, DVB, OGM, CMML, Kate.ID3 tags, APEv2, Vorbis comment.

To download, click here. You’ll be asked if you’d like to make a donation, but it’s voluntary. After you use it and see how great it is, go back and give them a little. They certainly deserve it for this program.

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Then run the program from your Downloads folder. You’ll need to give it permission to install.

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Follow the instructions of the Installation Wizard.

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VLC is now ready to go! There are no ads, spyware, or tracking software in VLC.

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It’s pretty straightforward and easy to use. You’ll find a pretty extensive support section by clicking here.