My VLC (version 3.5.1) for Android TV (Sony tv with Android TV OS 10) keeps freezing after 10-15 min of 4K video from lan computer over wifi. I have no trouble with 1080p videos. I tried a bunch of config tweaks (like increasing buffer time, changing smb settings) to no avail. I’ll usually need to restart the app when this happens. I just tried with another app and didn’t get any problem. I'm not having any problem with VLC for PC.

I tried enabling debug logs and now the log section is completely grayed out and I can't interact with it at all :(

Does anyone else experience this? Any help much appreciated!

  • If you restart the app and continue watching does it again work for 10-15 minutes or is the time now shorter?
    – Robert
    Commented Sep 12, 2022 at 7:18
  • Mmm good question. Just tested, it’s not consistent. Just watched about 1 hour of 4K with no problem. And I’ve seen sometimes what you described, where starting the video again after a problem would freeze after just a few minutes.
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 1:24
  • Then a thermal problem could be the cause. May be the CPU overheats and throttles itself. because of the reduced CPU speed the video stops and the whole app hangs.
    – Robert
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 14:16
  • mmm are there VLC settings I could set to reduce CPU usage?
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 16:58
  • Not sure about VLC, I would recommend MXPlayer as it display if a video is decoded in software or partially/fully in hardware. Hardware decoding is very efficient and should not overheat your CPU/GPU, but pure software decoding could be a problem.
    – Robert
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 17:57


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