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I have downloaded the VLC application to my Amazon Fire TV settop box. I want to use the VLC application to play a multicast video that is streaming on my LAN but it does not play.

I have noticed that-

  1. A wireshark capture does not show any IGMP messages from the Amazon Fire TV settop's IP address
  2. If I remove the routers between the Amazon Fire TV settop and the streamer the video does play

I'm not sure if the problem is with VLC or with the Amazon Fire TV kernel. Any ideas would be appreciated.

  • Since you mentioned routers and at the same time you mentioned "Same LAN", i'm not quite sure I understand your detailed setup, but you might need to check the multicast stream TTL (Time to Live) configured on the Streamer. What's the TTL value now? – user102496 Apr 15 '15 at 9:14
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The FireTV box does not support IP multicast as the config flag CONFIG_IP_MULTICAST is not set.

However, the FireTV Stick do support it!

CONFIG_IP_MULTICAST=y
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Kernel CONFIG_IP_MULTICAST should be enabled & compiled since 51.1.4.1_user_514013920 @ 11/18/2014 to support the Fire TV Remote App.

"The app is compatible with Amazon Fire TV on software version 1.4.1 or higher. If you use advanced settings on your router, you must enable Multicast support to use the Fire TV Remote App. Contact your router manufacturer for details." ~ https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/customerdocumentation/Amazon_Fire_TV_User_Guide.pdf

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Looks like multicast support is not included in the AmazonFireTV kernel. From /proc/config.gz ...

CONFIG_IP_MULTICAST is not set

  • if you are adding additional information to your initial question you should edit the question. – Ryan Conrad Jan 6 '15 at 2:42

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