Kodi is a very popular and very powerful media player which you can sideload onto any Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, and is my app of choice for all your media content needs. But if you’re look something simpler that you can get directly from the Amazon Appstore, you’ll be happy to hear that VLC, a very popular open source media player, has just been released for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app can play both local content and content streamed over the network. I had a bit of trouble getting the app to connect to a shared SMB Windows network, but it played a locally stored high-bitrate 1080p file with ease. VLC supports subtitles as well as variable playback speeds. If you’re looking for an alternate media player to Kodi, give VLC a try.
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