Best Alternatives to VLC Media Player for 2019

Best Alternatives to VLC Media Player for 2019

The time to switch is now! Over the years, we dedicated VLC lovers have ignored various issues that pop up in the Mighty "Play All" VLC Media Player.

The time to switch is now! Over the years, we dedicated VLC lovers have ignored various issues that pop up in the Mighty “Play All” VLC Media Player. I personally can’t watch a movie past 10 minutes without white scrambled spots on the screen. Hence this article:


KMPlayer is a free and lightweight media player for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. The support of a wide variety of music and video codecs makes it a real alternative of VLC player. Besides, you can customize it as you like, for example, you can slow down or increase playback speed, select parts of a video as favourites, do A-B repeats, choose your favourite skins and colour schemes, etc.


UMPlayer is an easy-to-use media player. It supports most popular formats. You can also search for videos on YouTube, play online TV and radio. Besides, it gives you the option to download subtitles automatically from


DivX is another good alternative to VLC. It can play most popular video formats. Besides that, you can use it to watch streaming videos in DivX, AVI and MKV formats through the web player. It also provides the file converter, with which you can create and backup content or convert them into DivX or MKV.



Kodi is less of a media player in the traditional sense of the word, and more of a home media hub – something given away by the fact that this used to be known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). It’s available for just about every platform out there, and it’s even possible to buy dedicated Kodi boxes that can be plugged straight into a TV or monitor.

Kodi will play almost all local and network video and audio files, and can also stream content from the web. If you have a large video collection, Kodi will help you to organize it neatly and, unlike Windows Media Player, will download posters, movie and show information in addition to the usual metadata. Kodi functions as a PVR, supports a wide range of remote controls and can be extended through the use of plugins. In short, it has everything you could want from a free media player. Newcomers might find the learning curve steep, but it’s well worth the effort.


Media Player Classic Home Cinema

Includes most codecsCan fine-tune playback No tagging tools
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is so called because it is based on the look of the original Media Player software that was bundled with Windows, but it’s evolved far beyond its humble beginnings.

As the name implies, the focus here is on video, but it also handles music very well. With a massive range of built-in codecs, you’ll be hard pressed to find a file it can’t play. Media Player Classic Home Cinema also works as a TV tuner provided you have a TV card installed, and you can adjust the appearance of your chosen movie or programme as it’s playing.



This program is a power sipper, so it won’t tax your processor, but it still has a ton of features. It’s capable of playing a wide range of video formats, and it has chapter and subtitle ability. You can even adjust the subtitles to look how you want them to as well as change the languages, even during movie playback. If you are watching a widescreen movie on a 4:3 monitor, you can utilize the pan and scan feature to be able to see the whole thing. Hotkeys are programmable for your favourite features.

GOM Player

This freeware player lets you play with the settings to achieve just the right mix for you. Compatible with Windows 8, it gives you back your DVD player that was lost when Windows stopped coming with WMP. You can even load an app that lets you use your Android and iOS portable devices as remote controls. While the program is free, it does come with some additional programs bundled in, so like with KMPlayer, be sure you watch the boxes during installation. GOM can play the major video formats and several of the streaming formats, too.