|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!
Excellent quality video, audio, sync, even subtitles!
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.