How to Play MKV Files on Amazon Fire TV?

“Can Amazon Fire TV play an MKV (H264) video directly?”

The answer is negative because neither Amazon Fire TV nor Fire TV Stick supports the MKV format. But there are still ways to achieve that! One is to stream your MKV video to Amazon Fire TV, and the other is to convert MKV to its supported file format. The following article will guide you on how to do that. Please download the powerful Fire TV-MKV converter and read on:

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Part 1. Amazon Fire TV & Firestick Supported Video Formats

Part 2. Solve Fire TV MKV Not Supported Issue with a Video Converter

Part 3. Steps to Convert MKV to Amazon Fire TV

How to stream MKV files to Amazon Fire TV?

Many apps can pick up video files from local network and display them on a big screen, such as:

• Plex (

• VLC for Fire with ES File Explorer installed (

• Kodi (

What Video Format Does Amazon Fire TV Support?

Fire TV is a line of streaming media devices developed by Amazon. It was primarily designed to stream media over the internet, but it can also play local video files from an external USB drive or SD card. On the other hand, a Fire TV Stick (or Firestick) is a streaming device that lets you stream videos, play music, and install apps (e.g. VLC, Plex, and Kodi) on your TV. Both casting devices can open video files in MPEG-4 MP4, MPEG-4 M4V, H.264 AVI, and H.263 3GP.

Amazon Fire TV Supported Formats

The video specs in Fire TV Stick 2nd generation and Fire TV 2nd generation are the same as the first generation. What’s worth noting is that H.265/HEVC, VP8, and VP9 are available only on Fire TV – 2nd Gen.

Why is Amazon Fire TV not playing MKV files? Referring to the Fire TV compatible video formats listed above, you can’t play MKV, WMV, FLV, ISO, VOB, etc. But don’t be frustrated. HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you transcode the unsupported MKV files to Fire TV formats for smooth playback. Learn more details in the next part.

Easy Fire TV MKV Converter

HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you transcode MKV to MP4, AVI, M4V, or 3GP for smooth video playback on Fire TV. Get the excellent converter and try it out!

How to Solve Amazon Fire TV MKV Files Playback Issue?

To play MKV on Fire TV, you can convert MKV files with HD Video Converter Factory Pro. This professional video converter provides 500+ presets for video transcoding, such as MKV to MP4, AVI, MPEG-4, H.264, etc. Fire TV compatible audio formats, such as AAC, AC3, EAC3, MP3, WAV, FLAC, and Vorbis, are also available in the supported presets. After converting MKV to Fire TV formats, you can play it smoothly on the TV.
Next, I will show you how to perform the conversion in HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Please download and installdownload and install it on your PC for preparation.

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3 Steps to Convert MKV for Amazon Fire TV

Step 1. Import MKV files

Run HD Video Converter Factory Pro on your PC. Select Converter, then click Add Files to import MKV files from your local folder. You can add multiple files for a batch conversion process.

Add MKV File

Step 2. Select a Fire TV format

Click the image on the right side of the interface to change the output format. Go to Video in the profile menu and select MP4 as the export format. To ensure the video/audio codec is compatible with Fire TV, click Parameter settings to choose the H264 video codec and AAC audio codec. Press OK to save the settings.

* Recommended video size settings for encoding MKV to MP4 for Fire TV:
(1) Change the bitrate to a lower level at 1800-2000kbps;
(2) Lower the video resolution from 1920x1080 (or higher) to 1280x720.
(3) Keep the frame rate and aspect ratio as original.

Choose Fire TV Format

Step 3. Export the converted files

Hit the inverted triangle button at the bottom to specify an output destination. Then click Run to start converting MKV to MP4 for Amazon Fire TV. With full support for GPU acceleration, the process will complete in several seconds. After that, you can stream the converted video files to your TV and play them via a USB drive.

Start Conversion


The above article explains why Amazon Fire TV doesn’t play MKV files and how to fix the Fire TV MKV not supported problem. With the help of a professional video transcoder, you can convert and play any unsupported files on your device without a hitch. Get HD Video Converter Factory Pro now!

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