Solution to Make Amazon Fire TV Play MKV

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box you connect to your HDTV. It’s the easiest way to enjoy over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and HBO NOW, plus games, music, and more. I gets hotter and hotter recently. But from the feedback of Amazon Fire TV users, there are many problems on MKV playback on Amazon Fire TV, like on Quora forum.

Actually, until now, Amazon Fire TV only supports several video and audio formats, which brings much inconvenience to users. The Amazon Fire TV compatible formats are as below:

Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1

Audio: AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3

Photo: JPG, PNG

Obviously, MKV, as one of the most commonly used video container, unfortunately is not in the list of Amazon Fire TV supported video formats. In order to smoothly play MKV on Amazon Fire TV, we need to convert MKV to Amazon Fire TV compatible video formats. Here a powerful third party app –  Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended due to its easy operation and high speed. Moreover, no loss of quality will occur after the conversion.

Besides MKV, it also supports encoding H.265, AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG, VOB, 3GP, MTS, etc. to Amazon Fire TV compatible formats with ultra-fast speed and zero quality loss. 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 turn MKV to Amazon Fire TV with suitable format.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Turn MKV to Amazon Fire TV Suitable Format?

Step 1. Add MKV to the software

Run the MKV converter for Fire TV. Click the “Add video” button to load MKV videos for converting. You can preview the video on the right window.

Step 2. Choose output format

After the files are added, click Format > Common Video and set output video format as mp4 for playing on Amazon Fire TV.

Step 3. Set advanced settings(Optional)

By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that 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 4. Start to turn MKV to H.264 MP4

When all the above settings are completed, you can press “Start Conversion” button to start converting MKV to Amazon Fire TV playable MP4 video. You can follow the conversion process via the pop-up windows.

Upload converted MKV file to Amazon Cloud Drive for watching on Fire TV

Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive, so they appear on your Fire TV within seconds.

1. Go to Amazon Cloud Drive (
2. Click on the Photos & Videos tab in the page header.
3. Click Add Photos & Videos.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to upload the photo or video.

Now, just open Amazon Fire TV, select the uploaded videos then watch them freely. (Also learn: upload ISO to Amazon Cloud Drive)

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