As a widely adopted media format, MKV has been used for digital video content distribution by a lot of video publishers and community sharers. The format can contain different kinds of media information like videos, audio tracks and subtitles, and is very compatible with media content encoded by different codecs. However, if you have tried playing an MKV video file on your Amazon Fire TV, you might have experienced some issues in the playback process. So, can you play MKV movies on Fire TV? How to solve the MKV playback issues on the Fire TV? Let’s find out together today.
Part 1: About Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player developed by Amazon. The device comes in two form factors: Fire TV, which is a set-top box, and Fire TV Stick, which is a cut-down version presented as an HDMI plug-in stick. Fire TV does not only allow its users to watch TV streaming contents, but also allows users to play video games with the included remote control. As a small network appliance, Amazon Fire TV can also deliver digital audio/video content streamed via the internet to a high definition television and bring users a great video playback experience.
Part 2: Formats That Amazon Fire TV Supports
As a popular home entertaining center, Amazon Fire TV supports various forms of media files as input. Although there is more than one model of the product, all of the models have great compatibility regarding the input media files. If you are wondering what exact formats are supported by the Amazon Fire TV, here is a simple reference from the official guideline that may be of help.
Video: H.263, H.264, H.265 HEVC (supported on Fire TV – 2nd Gen. only), VP8 (supported on Fire TV – 2nd Gen. only), VP9 (supported on Fire TV – 2nd Gen. only) MPEG4
Audio: AAC-LC, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AC3 (Dolby Digital), eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MIDI, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
Photo: JPG, PNG
As you can see, a wide range of codecs are supported by the Amazon Fire TV. Although some of the codecs are only supported by the 2nd Gen only, the 1st gen also has a great compatibility to videos, audios and images.
However, a lot of users have reported the Fire TV’s compatibility issue with MKV videos. Some claim that MKV cannot be played on Amazon Fire TV, while others experience no such problem. So, what is the deal with the MKV video compatibility of Fire TV? Well, in fact, as a container format, MKV can have different media content inside of the file, mending the actual video content inside of the MKV file could be encoded by different codecs. Theoretically, as long as your MKV is encoded by the formats listed above, you should be able to play the file without a problem. Whereas the file is not encoded by any of the supported formats, then Fire TV cannot play the MKV file.
Part 3: Convert MKV to Fire TV
As it’s mentioned in the last part, is a complicated file format, MKV cannot be guaranteed to play on your Fire TV. So if you are experiencing an MKV compatible issue with your Amazon Fire TV, you should firstly check the supported media format of your Fire TV model, and if possible, see whether the MKV file is encoded by one of those supported formats. If not, then there is only one way to make the file play on your Fire TV: Converting the MKV file to a compatible format with a video converter application. By converting the video file with a video converting application like Leawo Video Converter, you should be able to easily open the video on the TV without a problem.
Leawo Video Converter is a professional video converter application with a leading video processing technology. Not only can this program convert more than 180 kinds of video or audio files from one format to another, but it can also convert them with 6 times higher speed and retain the best original quality at the same time. With a practical video editor model built in, Leawo Video Converter also gives you the options to trim, crop the video, adjust video parameters, add watermark to video, convert 2D video to 3D and remove background noise. Besides these powerful converting and editing functions, Leawo Video Converter also comes with some handy features like multilingual support, subtitle and audio track selection, output device customization and more.
Also, unlike other professional video converter applications, Leawo Video Converter is very easy to use. With the great software interface design, Leawo Video Converter can get your MKV video converted to one of the Fire TV supported formats within only several minutes. Here is a simple guide showing you how to do the video conversion with Leawo Video Converter.
Step 1: Import Source MKV video
Download, install and then launch Leawo Video Converter. To convert your MKV video file, you have to first import the file into Leawo Video Converter by dragging your it from the original folder and dropping it in the center of the program interface. You can also click the “Add Video” button to import your video manually. To merge multiple video files into one single file, just click the “merge” button at the upper right corner after the files are all imported into the program.
Step 2: Set output format
When your source MKV video is imported, you can then set the output video format by clicking the output format area. The default output format is “MP4 Video”. To change that, just click the “MP4 Video”, choose “Change” in the dropdown menu and then find your desired output format in the pop-out format selection window.
Step 3: Editing video
As mentioned above, Leawo Video Converter has a very practical video editor model built in. You can click the “Edit” button and go to the video editing panel to do various editing to the video before you start the conversion. Once you are done editing, click “OK” to apply the adjustments and go back to the main interface.
Step 4: Start converting
As the final step, click the green “Convert” button, set an output directory in the “Save to” box and then click the “Convert” icon to start the conversion task.
Part 4: Free MKV Player on Windows and Mac
Although the unsupported MKV files can be successfully played on Fire TV when converted to other formats, as you can see from the introductions above, it takes quite a lot of works to do so. Firstly, you need to make sure what formats are supported by your Amazon Fire Tv and what is not, and then you need to download and install a good video converter application for the converting task. Although nicely designed video converters like Leawo Video Converter could dramatically simplify the converting process, still, it’s not the most direct way to play an MKV video. If you want to play the MKV video in the easiest way, then it’s suggested that you play the video on your Windows or Mac PC with a good video player like Leawo Blu-ray Player.
As one of the best media players compatible on both Windows and Mac computers, Leawo Blu-ray Player is no doubt a great choice for the MKV player application. With powerful video decoding technology, the 100% free video player can play almost every digital video format, including all kinds of MKV video files. In addition, the player application can also play Blu-ray across the region, and open all kinds of DVD materials in form of a disc, ISO image or folder. What’s more, the player also comes with multiple thoughtful designs like Virtual remote controller, Useful power manager, Custom skin/language/background and Snap screenshots, making the video experience even more enjoyable and personalized. In the premium version of Leawo Blu-ray Player, you can even convert your Blu-ray or DVD to a lossless digital MKV video, making your discs more portable than ever. With Leawo Blu-ray Player, you are guaranteed to be able to play your MKV video file easily and smoothly without having to worry about the encoding method of the file.
Part 5: Conclusion
With the great quality and powerful media streaming functions, Amazon Fire TV has been accepted by more and more users as their home entertaining center. The device is capable of play all kinds of videos, including certain types of MKV videos. If you encounter the MKV video playback problems on your Amazon Fire TV, you should firstly check the supported format of your specific device, and the encoding method of the MKV video file. If they don’t match, converting the MKV file to a compatible format with video converters like Leawo Video Converter should easily solve the problem. However, if you prefer playing your MKV video files in a more direct way, then it’s suggested that you play the video on your Windows or Mac PC with Leawo Blu-ray Player. With the help of these nicely designed applications, I believe you can enjoy your MKV videos easily and have great times with them.