1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

My generic Smart TV won't install media players

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by pintree3, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. pintree3

    pintree3 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Sorry cannot find the right forum since it does not deal with any known brand of TV. I'm in China and the TV is Chinese with no name to speak of. I managed to install some apps on it but can't seem to install a video player. I tried VLC and KM player. both seem to succeed in going through the process (accept this and that) and the bar shows it's installing but at the end it says, "Did not install". Does anyone have any indications as to why? or how to go around this problem? ( BTW I have no stick or other gadget on my TV nor intend to get one.)
    P.S. One reason I want to install a Media player is to be able to control hues, contrast etc of my movies (not tv or streaming movies) since my TV seems to only have default auto settings which are just about useless.

    1. Download the Forums for Android™ app!


  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Media players don't have control for hues and contrast. Thats totally up to your TV settings.
    tube517, MrJavi and ocnbrze like this.
  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    this is why you do not buy generic......with technology, it will always be that you get what you pay for.....a cheap tv is a cheap tv......don't expect much from it.
    The_Chief, MrJavi and Dannydet like this.
  4. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    "Did not install" can mean the apps are incompatible with the whatever it is firmware this Chinese TV is using. Did you try installing the app APKs directly from the dev's websites? https://www.kmplayer.com/home https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-android.html

    You could try Kodi, that's what I use on a T95 Android box plugged into my Hisense TV, to play movies and TV shows. https://kodi.tv/download

    You say "no stick or other gadget", but if your smart-TV isn't smart enough, or is incompatible with the apps you want. I do recommend the T95 Android box in China, which I bought from Taobao, and that already has Google Play and YouTube etc. pre-installed. Only thing I had to do was install my VPN and Kodi apps.

    BTW I'm also in China.
    #4 mikedt, Mar 28, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2021
  5. pintree3

    pintree3 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thank you all for your help. It is well appreciated. @Dennydet sorry but yes, media players do control hue, contrast etc. (VLC, GOG and others do). @ocnrze that may be true with most cases but not all. Remember that what is inside a Sony, Samsung etc are all parts made elsewhere (Aren't most screens made by Samsung)? @mikedt The reason why I did not buy a stick or other things (or why I bought a generic TV) is because I do not know how long I will stay here. No use spending money if I am going to leave after 6 months or a year and then have to give it away or sell for much cheaper. The T95 seems like a good idea if, and only if, the power is 120v-240v. I will look into it. (and if possible get an English remote ;-)
    P.S. BTW my TV already has Chrome, YouTube, etc. but I do not use my TV for anything except view videos from a HD. I do not stream, do not use the browser etc. I may at some point perhaps stream sports matches; hockey, football (soccer), Olympics. Thanks again ye all :)
  6. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Um you can take a stick and use it anywhere in the world, BTW...
    As far as VLC, you cannot control hue and contrast if used on Android OS.
  7. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Yeh, the T95 box comes with a universal voltage power brick. and it's all in English. Although there are couple of Chinese apps pre-installed, like CCTV's app, but those can be deleted. Once a reliable VPN(like Express or Astrill) is installed and connected, Google Play, YouTube etc. all work fine in China. The T95 box itself will work pretty much anywhere in the world, so you can take it with you when and if you leave China.

    I use Kodi for playing videos from USB hard-drives via the T95 box, and that's got brightness, contrast, colour, and hue adjustments in it for videos.
    #7 mikedt, Mar 29, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2021
    MrJavi and Dannydet like this.

Share This Page