Kindle Fire HDX has an excellent display and supports 1080p (HD) videos. Here is a list of Best & Free Video Player Apps for Kindle Fire HDX.
Kindle Fire HD 2013 series Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD the second generation) comes with awesome displays, whether the 7 inch model (with a resolution of 1920*1200) or the 8.9 inch model (with a resolution of 2560*1600). Therefore they are doomed to be excellent video players in addition to regular Kindle eReaders. Since built-in video player on Kindle Fire HDX only supports MP4, users can’t play personal videos in YouTube FLV, MOV, AVI, WMV, H264, MXF, etc. freely. This guide will introduce a collection of Free Video Player Apps for Kindle Fire HDX, which enables you to watch videos on Kindle Fire HDX at will. (If you want to play Blu-ray/DVD movies on Kindle Fire HDX, this guide will be of help.)
Best Free Video Player Apps for Kindle Fire HDX roundup & download
Here are 8 best free video players for Kindle Fire HDX, which can be installed on Kindle Fire (the first and second generation) and Kindle Fire HD as well. Most of these movie playing apps can be free download or purchased from Amazon appstore. For those unavailable on Amazon, the app APK download links and how-to-install tutorial are given as well.
- MX Player
- BSPlayer FREE
- VLC Direct Pro Free
- Meridian Player Transcend
- VPlayer Video Player
- aVia Video Player
- SuperPlayer Video Player
1. MX Player
Supported formats: 3GP, AVI, DIVX, F4V, FLV, MKV, MP4, MPEG, MOV, VOB, WMV, WEBM, XVID, etc.
MX Player is the best reviewed video player app for Android (on Google PLay), easy to use and functions perfectly. Hardware acceleration (H/W decoder) and multi-core decoding are provided for more fluent playing. Other features include pinch-to-zoom, kids lock and subtitle scroll. Subtitle support is another advantage of MX Player. Supported subtitle formats include DVD, DVB, SSA/ASS, SubStation Alpha, SAMI, SubRip, MicroDVD, SubViewer2.0, MPL2, PowerDivX, TMPlayer, etc.
2. BSPlayer FREE
Supported formats: AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, MOV, MPG, MTS, MP4, M4V, RMVB, WMV, 3GP, MP3, FLAC, etc. as well as streaming content include RTMP, RTSP, MMS (TCP, HTTP) and HTTP LIVE STREAM.
Similar to MX Player, BSPlayer also supports hardware acceleration. Apart from that, this app makes it possible to playback videos in pop-up window (background), play external & embedded subtitles, fetch subtitles auto, lock screen (kid lock).
Supported formats: All common video formats (“Software decoding” mode has to be manually chosen in many cases)
MoboPlayer is functional with most video and subtitle format supported. The playing experience is on the whole not bad. However, the lock icon and ads coming along are a little bit annoying.
4. VLC Direct Pro Free
Supported formats: AVI, FLV, MP4, MP3, MKV, WMV, JPG, MPEG, MPG, RMVB, M4V, MOV, 3GP, TS, VOB, etc.
Together with the well-known VLC Player desktop, VLC Direct Pro Free is also a powerful video player supporting remote control, Android to computer streaming (video, music and photos), subtitle playing, etc.
- Free purchase and download VLC Direct Pro Free from Amazon (Known as VLC Direct)
5. Meridian Player Transcend
Supported formats: common formats
Meridian Player is an all-in-one video player as well as music player, supporting gesture control feature and external SRT subtitle. Music related features include folder management, music tag editing (MP3, FLAC, OGG, MP4 audio, etc.), SD card scanning, tab customization, and so forth.
- Free purchase and download Meridian Player Transcend from Amazon (Known as Meridian Player)
6. VPlayer Video Player
Supported formats: AVI, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, ASF, WMV, MP4, M4V, TP, TS ,MTP, M2T, etc.
VPlayer Video Player is a rarely versatile video player app supporting HW/SW codecs, subtitles in multi formats (similar to), various transports and many old AVI playback. Users can definitely use this app to playback 1080p videos on the Kindle Fire HDX (7″ and 8.9″) or Nexus 7 2013. Kindle Fire HD owners are able to play 720p videos on their tablets. After the 7-day free try, you may have to purchase a unlocker app to unlock the app, however.
7. aVia: UPnP/DLNA Media Player
Supported formats: common video formats.
aVia is a comprehensive media player to play video/audio files or view photos (from local folders or FaceBook, G+, dropbox). The built-in UPnP / DLNA controller provides a seamless way to stream content between NAS, PC, Google TV and or other Android devices (with aVia installed). Video scaling/subtitles, extra audio/video codecs (free Vitamio plug-in required) and another 5 languages including French, German, Danish, Spanish, and Japanese are also supported. For Google TV usres, this app may be a great option.
- Free purchase and download aVia Media Player from Amazon (Known as aVia Media Player)
8. SuperPlayer Video Player
Supported formats: AVI, FLV, 3GP, MP4, RM, RMVB, MPG, MOV, ASF, MKV, WEBM, etc.
SuperPlayer supports floating (pop-up) window playing. Embedded and external subtitles (SRT, ASS, SUB, SMI) in multi languages are supported as well. Though it appears powerful on the whole, it does not play and even lag at times.
- Free purchase and download SuperPlayer Video Player from Amazon (Known as SuperPlayer 2 Video Player)
If you want to play YouTube videos on Kindle Fire HDX, you can try this YouTube downloader to download YouTube videos to your PC or Mac, then transfer to Kindle Fire HDX and play.
How to install video apps (APK) on Kindle Fire HDX?
Since apps that are unavailable on Amazon appstore can’t be directly installed from Google Play to Kindle Fire HDX, you can follow steps below to install MX Player, BSPlayer or VPlayer Video Player on your Kindle Fire HDX/Kindle Fire HD/Kindle Fire.
Step 1: Click to download the APK files to your computer.
Step 2: Transfer the downloaded apk file to Kindle Fire HDX via the USB cable.
Step 3: Switch to Kindle Fire HDX, go to “Settings” (under “More…”), then “Device”, turn “Allow Installtion of Applications” to “ON”.
Step 4: Use ES File Manager (free purchase from Amazon) to locate the video app and install.
Note: If you can’t download ES File Manager from Amazon, search for “ES File Manager APK free download” with the built-in browser on the Kindle Fire HDX, download and install.
People who are living outside of US and have no access to Amazon appstore, can also use the APK search method to download and install video apps on Kindle Fire tablets. If you know any other free & easy-to-use Kindle Fire HDX video player app, please feel free to share your experience with us by dropping a comment below.
OK, choose one you prefer. Nevertheless, if you have installed a video player app, still met the video playback issues on Kindle Fire HDX. You can go through the video playback tips for Kindle Fire HDX I share here. If you still can’t play MKV, AVI, MOV, MPG, MTS on Kindle Fire HDX well, you can consider getting a video converter app to reformat your kinds of video files to Kindle Fire HDX most compatible format H.264 MP4. I’ve never faced any playback problem after video conversion. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate for Windows (or Mac Version) is the one app I’m using. You can download the trial version to have a test.