VideoLAN is a project initially started by a group of students at the Ecole Centrale Paris. Its main goals are MPEG and DVD playing and broadcasting on the campus, but it has grown into an almost full-featured standalone multimedia player that can read DVDs and MPEG1 and MPEG2 files. It currently runs on most Unix platforms (including Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris) and BeOS.

According to their web site, it will also eventually support streams from a satellite or from an MPEG2 compression card.

The best part is, VideoLAN is free software, and is released under the GNU General Public License, opening up for the possibility of others to contribute to the codebase.

The project's official web site is:

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