Play Blu-ray on Amazon Fire TV 2 with Kodi

Recently, I saw a question in Reddit about playing Blu-ray on Amazon Fire TV 2 with Kodi and I think I can give help to those who have the same problem:

“I sideloaded Kodi 14.2 on the Amazon Fire TV 2 box. I have an external hard drive connected to my router that has all of my media. I have some SD files and a bunch of blu-ray rips, some compressed but most uncompressed. All of the SD content I played works fine and most of the blu-ray content works fine as well. However, there are some blu-ray files (some are .mkv, some are .m2ts, and some are .iso) that play choppy no matter what I try to do. I have tried re-ripping them with other programs and nothing works. It’s not a network issue as it never shows that it’s buffering…I tried all of their fixes and nothing has worked yet. I even tried older versions of Kodi with no luck. So, any ideas?”

According to what the questioner mentioned, I guess that there are two things that could be the issue:

First, it should be hardware acceleration. Under Settings – Videos – Playback, turn off “Allow hardware acceleration (MediaCodec)”. It has problems on the Fire TV (and Android in general). You may need to set the settings level to Expert for this. The negative to disabling this is that it will affect interlaced video. Deinterlacing won’t look as good.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, it is possible that the particular Blu-ray files are encoded in VC-1 as opposed to H.264. Many Blu-rays are, and if you are using unaltered .m2ts or .iso files its possible they are still VC-1. Unfortunately the Fire TV 2 cannot decode VC-1 in hardware, and its little CPU can’t keep up. Your only solution is to transcode them into H.264 or another format on your PC (assuming you are set on using Kodi on a Fire TV2 ).

If you are will to transcode Blu-ray to Kodi supported H.264 MP4, I can recommend you Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, with which you can easily rip Blu-ray disc movies to Kodi supported format for watching. Besides, with it you can rip Blu-ray to any unprotected common videos, such as MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPG, M4V or other formats you need. And you also can rip DVD and other unsupported video to Amazon Fire TV 2 supported formats.

If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac to transcode MKV files to Fire TV on Mac OS X (OS X El Capitan included). (Read the Review)

Now, just free get Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate on Windows computer and follow the steps below to transcode Blu-ray to Amazon Fire TV 2 with suitable format.

Steps to convert Blu-ray to Kodi for playing on Amazon Fire TV

Step 1: Load files to the program.

Run Blu-ray to Kodi converter on PC. Click “Load File”button to import Blu-ray disc or Blu-ray ISO movie into the software.

Step 2: choose output file format.

To convert Blu-ray to Kodi for playing on Amazon Fire TV 2, please choose Kodi supported format. Click the “Format” bar and choose Common Video -> H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4), this format is well supported.

Tip: By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc. In this way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

Step 3: Start Blu-ray to Kodi conversion.

Click “Start Conversion” button on the main interface to start Blu-ray to Kodi conversion process.

When the conversion is done, you can add files to Kodi on Amazon Fire TV, and then you will be able to play Blu-ray on Amazon Fire TV with Kodi, and there is no Blu-ray limitations anymore. Just try it!

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