Amazon is said to be in talks to acquire MX Player, according to TechCrunch. MX Player was originally nothing more than a video player app, much like VLC, and is still widely used as such to this day on Fire TV devices and other platforms. It was acquired in 2018 for $140 million by the India-based company Times Internet, which then used the video player to launch the ad-supported streaming service, MX Player TV, initially in India before expanding to other countries. Now Amazon is said to be one of three companies that have expressed interest in acquiring the app.
It is likely the streaming service, MX Player TV, that most interests Amazon in buying the app. Should such a buyout go through, it puts the fate of the original video player app into question. MX Player, the video player app, is widely used by Fire TV customers for its robust feature set and stability. While some certainly use it as a standalone video player for local media files, it is more commonly used as the video player for other apps that provide a streaming video source but no video player component. The app, for example, is widely used by piracy apps as the default video player for a pirated video stream. MX Player is also often used as the default video player for many IPTV services, both legal and illegal.
Even if Amazon’s interests to acquire MX Player are for its popular streaming service alone, it is likely that the stand-alone video player would be part of the deal as well. Due to the apps association with piracy sources, it wouldn’t surprise me if Amazon just took down the original video player app so as to not interfere with the streaming service business that it’s more interested in.