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KMPlayer

CNET Editors' review

KMPlayer has evolved over the past few years, from a video player to a leading source for content discovery. The app's record-breaking viewership and the use of its flagship media is most visible on the gaming front, with a successful casting of Season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship. Alongside other forays into e-sports like GOM and Starcraft 2: Hearts of the Swarm, KMPlayer has established strong viewership that's created a whole new layer of interaction beyond its former identity as a standalone video player.

Pros

Unobtrusive layout: The main tools for video playback stay out of the way. Dark colors and a pop-out settings menu give users clean, uninterrupted access to features like subtitle management, brightness/contrast adjustments, and frame captures.

Full video codec support: Similar to video players like VLC and GOM, KMPlayer is a universal media player that can tackle just about any format you throw at it.

Cons

Display-heavy: KMPlayer is not a standalone video player by any means, and it encourages content discovery via partnerships with some third-party apps. The result is a preview-heavy player that throws ads and links at you at every chance it gets, making the experience like watching a windowed video service that irks with every disruption.

Bundled apps: Outfox.tv, a bundled TV widget, does more harm than good, despite its diverse library of content. Outfox.tv, in particular, has no visible method of removal or closure, outside of adding and removing via the control panel.

Bottom Line

KMPlayer remains a solid video player, but it's now a specialized player aiming for a particular audience. Some viewers will see its offerings as premium content; others will find the bundling a distraction or a nuisance. So, while the video player may have universal support and something for everyone, we cannot recommend it for anyoe seeking just a basic video player.

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