Written by Kaylee Wood | Last update: April 28, 2020
Now that VLC is available on Apple TV App Store, meaning that VLC, to stick with its "plays everything everywhere" goal, has expanded its territory from Windows/Mac OSX/Ubuntu/Android/iOS to a new platform – tvOS. But is VLC the best media player for Apple TV? Not exactly. But as it is free, you may as well download VLC for Apple TV and give it a try.
5KPlayer is a great media player for Apple TV 4/3/2/1! Though based on Windows & Mac OS, 5KPlayer extends its invisible arm to Apple TV video music playback. It turns your computer into a media server and connects Apple TV to play back any 4K 8K file without occupying your Apple TV storage.
Best Media Players for Apple TV – Alternatives to VLC for Apple TV
Since VLC for tvOS 9 is still in beta stage, you VLC-philes would better get some backup solution in case it encounters problems that cannot be solved immediately by the developers. Let's see what the best VLC alternative players for Apple TV are.
5KPlayer – Free Alternative to VLC for Apple TV
As a standard Apple TV AirPlay media player, 5KPlayer is one of the best media players for Apple TV 4/3/2/1 that is not running directly on that platform. It operates on both Mac and Windows OS that can at the mean time turn the device into a media server. Once the device running 5KPlayer connects with Apple TV, users can directly stream any files stored in the devices or the plugged-in flash drives to Apple TV without occupying any Apple TV storage. 5KPlayer also has 7 surround sound support and is able to play back 8K res videos encoded by H.265/VP9 and play 4K content via Apple TV 4. So for video quality pursuers and storage saving, 5KPlayer would be the best alternative choice.
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