This article mainly explains you how to sucessfully stream and play MKV files with Dolby Digital and DTS audio with Amazon Fire TV box or Fire TV stick.
Fire TV is Amazon's sleek streaming box. It has 2GB of memory and a quad-core processor that make it lightning-fast to search for things you want to watch within mundo Amazon or in other video apps like Netflix or Showtime. It includes voice search that—gasp!—actually works reliably. The only downside? It costs 100 bucks.
Enter the Fire TV Stick, Amazon's $39 stripped-down answer to the higher-end streaming box. Like the Roku Stick or Chromecast, it pops into the HDMI port in the back of your TV and opens your boob tube to a whole new world of streaming content. It's just a little bit clunkier than its Fire predecessor. The remote loses its matte finish and just feels a little more plasticky. The HDMI port comes with a power cable, and an extender if you need it.
Choice of stick or box: The newest streaming device here, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, costs just $39. It offers almost all of the functionality of the $99 box, making it one of the best values available in streaming. No wonder it sold out almost immediately.
While, Amazon Fire TV video formats are limited to H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1, so we could not transfer MKV movies especially encoded with DTS to Amazon Fire TV for playback directly.
So, how to prepare your MKV videos for playback on Fire TV Stick/Box? Luckily, there's a workaround that can make your movies playable on Fire TV - Encode MKV to Fire TV officially supported MP4 videos.How to convert MKV to Amazon Fire TV(Stick or Box) supported file format
To begin, free download Brorsoft Video Converter (or the Mac version.)
The software has a codec pack that enables conversion between different video and audio file formats, it can convert AVI, VOB, MOV, MKV, FLV, MPG, etc to Fire TV supported file format such as mp4 with the best quality.
Step 1. Start video converter, drag and drop the MKV files to the software window to import.
Step 2. After the files are added, click Format > Common Video and set output video format as mp4. The reason mp4 is the target format is that by packing the videos in mp4, the file size will be reasonable small and the video quality remains.
Tips: There are also some optional tinkering you can take to make the videos look better on a HDTV screen, such as changing the aspect ratio or specifying the video resolution. Just click the Settings icon to do it.
Step 3. Start MKV to Amazon Fire TV conversion
As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press “Convert” button to start converting MKV to Amazon Fire TV playable MP4 video. You can follow the conversion process via the pop-up windows.
After conversion is done, simply click "Completed" to back to main interface, and click "Open" button to find generated .mp4 videos. Afterwards, you can transfer the converted MKV clips into Amazon Fire TV for playback on a big screen with ease.
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