How to Play H.265 on Amazon Fire TV 2 via Plex Directly


Can anyone who’s got Amazon Fire TV 2 comment on native HEVC playback? I got a Fire TV 2 recently so I could start watching my 4k content. But the problem is that none of my 4k HEVC/H.265 files will direct play on Fire TV 2. I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find about playing H.265 on Amazon Fire TV 2. And finally got some clues. Now share with you.

Does Amazon Fire TV 2 support native HEVC playback via Plex media server? Actually, it supports H.265 codec, but the Plex does not prefer the type. The app always transcodes 4k HEVC videos to H.264 on the fly, which will slow down your computer and even transcoding takes forever.

A good suggestion is to encode H.265 into H.264 before streaming to Amazon Fire TV 2 with a third party program like Brorsoft Video Converter (See the review), it can be done effortlessly.

Overall, This video app is professional on fast transcoding H.265 to Plex Media Server with MP4 format (the most compatible video format for Plex) without quality loss. In addition, it not only supports H.265(HEVC) videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF, MTS, MOV, FLV, MPG, AVI, WMV, MKV to Plex. Download the program and start the conversion task.

Guide: How to enable Amazon Fire TV to Play H.265/HEVC files via Plex

Step 1. Load original H.265 files

Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your H.265/HEVC encoded files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

Step 2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex easily.

Step 3. Start encoding H.265 to H.264

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert H.265 to H.264 with least quality loss. After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, you can stream HEVC to Amazon Fire TV 2 via Plex with smooth and direct playback.

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