VLC thing and anouncments

So i used to use vlc thing and big talker combo but for the live of me i can not seem to get vlc thing working with the new app …does it still work?? what do people now use for announcments??
i have pc or raspberry pis almost everywhere in the house i would love to use vlc thing again
anyone has any ideas on how o solve this

What happened to echo speaks??

Thank you