NOVA Video Player

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About this app

Nova is an opeN sOurce Video plAyer designed for tablets, phones and AndroidTV devices.available at

Universal player:
- Play videos from your computer, server (FTP, SFTP), NAS (SMB, UPnP)
- Play videos from external USB storage
- Videos from all sources integrated in a unified multimedia collection
- Automatic online retrieval of movie and TV show descriptions with posters and backdrops
- Integrated subtitle download

Best player:
- Hardware accelerated video decoding for most devices and video formats
- Multi-audio tracks and mutli-subtitles support
- Supported file formats: MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc.
- Supported subtitle file types: SRT, SUB, ASS, SMI, etc.

TV friendly:
- Dedicated “leanback” user interface for Android TV
- AC3/DTS passthrough (HDMI or S/PDIF) on supported hardware: Nexus Player, NVidia SHIELD TV, Rockchip and AmLogic based TV-boxes
- 3D support with side-by-side and top-bottom formats playback for 3D TVs
- Audio Boost mode to increase the volume level
- Night Mode to dynamically adjust the volume level

Browse the way you want:
- Instant access to recently added and recently played videos
- Browse movies by name, genre, year, duration, rating
- Browse TV shows by seasons
- Folder browsing supported

And even more:
- Multi-device network video resume
- NFO metadata processing for descriptions and posters
- Scheduled rescan of your network content (Leanback UI only)
- Private mode: temporarily disable playback history recording
- Manually adjust subtitles synchronization
- Manually adjust audio/video synchronization
- Track what your collection and what you have watched via Trakt

In case you have an issue or a request about this app, please check our Reddit support community at this address:

If you experience any issue with video hardware decoding you can force software decoding in the application preferences.

You are welcome to contribute to the translation of the application at

NOVA stands for opeN sOurce Video plAyer.
Updated on
Feb 4, 2023

Data safety

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Data can’t be deleted
5.16K reviews
A Google user
September 14, 2018
I use this on my Android TV and it has replaced my Kodi app, as well as Plex. I needed something that would play 4k 10bit HDR videos. Using my Plex as a samba server I use the Nova app as a front end player now. It plays my 4k content flawlessly. I am thoroughly loving this app and hope that the development continues. I would gladly pay for this app to keep it in development. My only complaints are the FF speed is only by 2 seconds and I can't seem to get mine to jump forward any faster or any option to change that. It's a nitpick but it is a problem for me. Also audio passthrough doesn't work for me. Also the library view of TV shows is kind of annoying to have to scroll through all the shows to get to a show that starts with Y or Z. Other than the nitpick things this is a phenomenal app and I encourage anyone to give it a try.
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Paolo Chiarlone
April 20, 2022
I really enjoyed using Nova for a couple of years now on my fire TV. There is a little bit of issues on scraping info but that's gotten better lately. However, the latest release as some serious buggy performance. Basically my videos start super slow, and I have to fast forward a few times until it starts to a normal speed. Even so, videos are always stuttering to the point where they're not enjoyable anymore. Using a shared hard drive connected to my router. Have no issues with others apps.
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A Google user
March 8, 2020
Actually surprised by how good this app is on my Nvidia shield. Not a big fan of Kodi so a media player that scrapes titles for tv and movies is a big plus. Like the ability to download subtitles quickly as well. One minor negative is that there's only one other aspect ratio on the app and it distorts when in full screen because of the A.I upscaling feature on the shield. Not the only app that has this problem. Still, it's an excellent app that should be the default on the shield. Two Thumbs up!
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What's new

- Better movie scrape results
- Increase number of subtitles track supported to 64
- Pass list of subtitles to external video players
- Support more ssa subtitle style formats
- Option to disable Dolby Vision decoder
- Option to not apply audio passthrough if AV receiver does not support codec
- Experimental playback speed option
- Target API33 & Google Play Bundle delivery
- Stability enhancements