VLC Player Banned in India; Best Alternatives

By Aashish Verma


While the VLC media player app is still available for download on both the Apple App store and Google Play store, the government has blocked access to the official VLC media player website “www.videolan.org.”

Why is VLC Media Player Banned?

Cicada, a Chinese hacker organization, allegedly utilized VLC Media Player to spread malware in a government-backed strike.

Symantec, a division of American semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom, found that an attacker utilized VLC Media Player to install a modified loader on compromised devices.

Alternatives of VLC Media Player

1. PowerDVD – Best Overall  2. KMPlayer – Best for    Advanced User 3. PotPlayer – Best for Customizing 4. GOM Player – Best for Subtitle 5. 5KPlayer – Best for Screencast

1. PowerDVD – Best Overall  

PowerDVD offers crystal clear 8K video and support for HDR 10 and 4K. It also supports many file formats, including XAVC-S, AVC, MP4, MKV, and HEVC. It also supports spatial audio, VR video playback, and 360° video 

2. KMPlayer – Best for Advanced User 

OGG, RTS, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMA7, VCD, AVI, OGM, WMA8, and AAC are supported by KMPlayer. Advanced screen settings like reverse, zoom, section repeat, speed control, etc. are very popular.

3. PotPlayer – Best for Customizing

PotPlayer also supports a wide range of video and audio file formats, even incomplete AVI files or broken files, but the most common include AMV, MPEG, MTS, ASF, DPG, MP3, MOD, WAV, FLAC, OGG, and AAC 

4. GOM Player – Best for Subtitle

The popular VLC alternative supports major subtitle formats, including SMI, UTF, RT, SRT, SSA, SVT, PSB, MKS, and many more. It also has a native subtitle library.

5. 5KPlayer – Best for Screencast

5KPlayer offers DVD, IPTV, 4K, 1080p, 360°, and 8K video thanks to hardware acceleration. It supports AAC, APE, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, etc.

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