|Amazon Fire TV stick 2016 with VLC|
Stream wireless audio/video to TV from computer!
Several good network video streaming solutions are available (see Wireless HDTV Video) with the primary purpose of delivering content from the Internet, but streaming of local content (cell phone video, camera video, and other files) tends to be more difficult, often involving server software (e.g., Plex) on a computer, a problem for less technical users.
Plays virtually any valid file format!
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What tends to work better for most people is a TV-centric (client-centric) solution rather than a server-centric solution, where the TV is used to select and play content files. That's now possible with the advent of VLC Media Player for Amazon Fire TV and stick. VLC is an excellent free and open source app that can handle virtually any valid file format.
Installing VLC can be a bit tricky since VLC for Fire is not yet listed in the Amazon Appstore on the new 2016 Amazon Fire TV stick, which means you have to sideload VLC for Android (on which Fire TV is based):
- Download the latest ARMv7 of VLC for Android here.
(Look for small APK package link below Play and Fire buttons.)
- Follow the instructions in How to Sideload Fire TV Apps.
(If you have an Android phone, that method is probably the easiest.)
- Mac: How to connect with File Sharing
- Windows: How to Enable File Sharing
- Share files from network storage, like WD My Cloud.
- Start the VLC app.
- Select Browsing.
- Select Local Network.
- Select source network device (computer, network storage).
- Navigate to the audio or video file you want to play.
Tip: Fire TV is a great way to "cut the cord" (cable) with the excellent Sony PlayStation Vue service.
Thanks a lot for this post.ReplyDelete
Is there any reason you know of why VLC is not listed in the app store for the 2016 Fire TV Stick? Is it just a matter of the team checking a checkbox in the publish options? Or is Amazon blocking it?
My guess is that the VLC team hasn't yet added it to the list of supported devices, but I don't know that for sure.Delete
When I navigate to where my file are stored, VLC wants UN and PW. When I put them in ... nothing. Goes back to needing UN and PW. Running Mac OSX Server to share the files.ReplyDelete
Make your share public (no login). This may help:Delete
Same thing, except I am running Windows 10 home 17.09. Is there an alternative Known solution?Delete
No where to adjust the resolution for live tvReplyDelete
Resolution is set by negotiation over HDMI automatically, so there's no need for a setting. VLC will then scale video as needed.Delete
Struggling to delete files on vlc media player on amazon fire stick. I have tried clearing data from app settings but videos still remain within the app. Need to free space. Can you help?ReplyDelete
Alas, VLC does not provide a way to delete files.Delete
If you've saved files to your Fire TV stick that you want to delete, then you need to install and use a file manager.
ES File Explorer File Manager is one of the most popular, but there are quite a few others.
I am going nuts trying to add my local music drive (on my personal cloud) to the library in VLC for fire (on fire tv gen 2). I have tried every possible format I can think of. Anyone out there know how to do this? What am I missing?ReplyDelete
1. What is the "personal Cloud"?Delete
2. What is the share tech (SMB)?
3. Can you see and access the share from computers on the network?
4. Is the share anonymous (no login needed)?
5. Are VLC and the share on the same network segment?
What are their addresses?
How do I connect to VLC on firestick using iPhone 11?ReplyDelete
What are you trying to do?Delete
* Control VLC from your phone instead of the remote? Try https://apps.apple.com/us/app/remote-for-fire-stick-tv-app/id1455451935
* Stream from your phone to VLC? I don't think the iPhone can do network sharing.
When I go to Local Network, nothing gets loaded. So I got stuck on step 3 regarding playing files on the Fire TV.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you do not have proper anonymous file sharing enabled. Go back over that part of it, and test it from some other device.Delete
loaded VLC onto my Firestick. Problem is that there is no top bar listing Media Playback audio video etc. How to add these headings? Thanks.ReplyDelete
Click the "hamburger" menu icon at top left,Delete
and a menu bar should appear on the left.
Do you need a computer to use vlc player?ReplyDelete
As this post explains, VLC can run on Fire TV. It can also run on many other platforms: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/Delete
thanks, this helped me a lotReplyDelete