WIndows/Mac/Linux: VLC, our favourite plays-it-all download, has rolled out its official 1.1 release, cementing the hardware video acceleration for smoother HD playing, bundling support for the open WebM video standard, and implementing lots of fixes and speed-ups in the code.
Along with the list of improvements, there is something entirely new and notable about 1.1, but not in a good way. AOL, the owner of NullSOFT and, therefore, the Shoutcast streaming protocol, has demanded that VLC remove support for showing a directory of the web's SHOUTcast streams from its player, unless it changed its licence and bundled other AOL software with VLC. The media player makers declined, of course, but have put some links to AOL team leaders' email addresses on their page, so that fans of VLC can show their support for open software.
VLC 1.1 is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. The hardware acceleration works, at the moment, only through Nvidia hardware on Windows and Linux, but all platforms see the other improvements to VLC, including WebM streaming.