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[100% Working] 3 Troubleshooting Tips to Solve Apple TV AVI Playback Issue

Author by Oswald

Updated Aug 28, 2023

AVI is a video format that can wrap a variety of codecs. It’s popular and widely used for streaming videos. However, AVI is officially not supported by Apple TV. Is there any way to play AVI videos on Apple TV? Luckily, the answer is yes! The following article introduces three effective solutions to solve the Apple TV AVI playback issue.
The most recommended way to solve the format not supported issue is to convert video to other formats with better compatibility. So download the free AVI to Apple TV converter in advance here and read on to see how to solve the AVI Apple TV playback issue by conversion.

Can Apple TV Play AVI?

Recently, when I browsing Apple Forum and Reddit, I always come across the debate on “whether Apple TV can play AVI”. I got curious and did some searching. In fact, from the official technical parameters (, AVI format is supported by Apple TV 2nd and 3rd generations, but under a strict rule - It requires Motion JPEG ( M-JPEG) video up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 fps, audio in u-law, PCM stereo audio. That is, most AVI videos are not supported since few meet the standard. Moreover, when it comes to Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K, Apple finally removed the support of AVI format.

Given the backgrounds, to properly watch AVI on Apple TV, there’s no point in fiddling with your Apple TV, let’s proceed to find out 3 free Apple TV AVI playback troubleshooting methods.

Method 1 (Recommended). Convert AVI to Apple TV Supported Format

WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is a professional and practical video converter program. It’s one of the best free video converters and can significantly facilitate your digital life by performing fast and lossless video transcoding to solve video & audio compatibility troubles. With this program, you can convert AVI files to Apple TV-friendly formats in several clicks. Similar to the same old MKV Apple TV and DVD Apple TV playback issues.

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Apple TV supported video formats natively are .mp4, .mov, and .m4v.

How to Convert AVI to Apple TV with Free HD Video Converter Factory

Import unsupported AVI videos

Before starting the AVI to Apple TV conversion, please free downloadfree download the video converter software.

Step 1. Load Unsupported AVI Videos

Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory and enter the Converter module. Click “Add Files” or drag and drop to add your AVI files into the program. Then define a destination path by clicking the bottom triangle button.

Convert AVI to Apple TV video format

Step 2. Convert AVI to Apple TV Video Format

Click on the format image on the right side of the main workplace. In the “Device” section, choose the Apple TV model that you have under the “Apple” category. Or go to “Video” in the “Format” section and convert AVI to MP4, AVI to M4V, or AVI to MOV.

The program also allows you to add subtitles, trim/merge video clips, remove audio tracks, etc. When everything is ok, hit the “Run” button to start the AVI Apple TV conversion process.

Import videos into Apple TV with iTunes

Step 3. Import the Converted Videos into Apple TV for Playback

1) Import converted videos to your iTunes library

2) Sync your iTunes with Apple TV. On iTunes, go to File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing > Login > Select your Apple TV

3) On Apple TV, go to Settings > Computers > Add Shared iTunes Library. Normally, your iTunes library will automatically sync to Apple TV once you’d login with your account.

4) Play the converted videos as usual, do enjoy the smooth playback!

Also Read: Play AVI on Chromebook | PS4 AVI Playback Issue Fixed | Fix AVI File No Sound

Method 2. Stream AVI to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring

I’m sure you can’t be unfamiliar with AirPlay as an iOS user, but perhaps you either haven’t tried it or haven’t made full use of it. To make it easier to digest, AirPlay is a suite developed by Apple enabling wireless streaming of audio, video, screens, and photos between devices, which naturally sounds similar to DLNA services, right? Those with experiences of using Plex, Roku, Emby have it easy, the gist is to utilize the native AVI support provided by a third-party media player and stream it to your Apple TV taking the advantage of AirPlay.

Related Posts: Play AVI on Roku, AVI to Chromecast

How to Play AVI on Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring on iOS and Mac:

Activate AirPlay on Apple TV Activate AirPlay on Apple TV


System requirement: iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or iPod touch 5th, iPad mini with iOS 12.2 or later

1) Connect iOS device to your Apple TV with the same WiFi

2) On your device, play the desired AVI files with an AVI player

3) Swipe up to access control center, hit “AirPlay”

4) Select the receiver (Apple TV) and enable “Mirroring”

Activate AirPlay on MacActivate AirPlay on Mac


System requirement: Mac with macOS 10.14.5 or later

1) Open iTunes on your Mac, login with your account

2) Connect your Mac with Apple TV using the same Wi-Fi

3) Once synced, there should be an AirPlay button appears on the menu bar, click and enable it

4) Play the AVI files you desire with an AVI player on your Mac

5) If failed, go to System Preferences > Display, and try again

Method 3. Install VLC for Apple TV for Apple TV AVI Playback

VLC media player is a completely free and open-source media player that supports virtually all video formats with its integrated codecs. The best part is, it’s a multi-platform program that you can find on App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. BeOS, BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Solaris and Windows CE, etc. So if you are having trouble playing a video, VLC media player is a solid support to draw.

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Implement AVI Apple TV Playback with VLC Media Player:

1) On your Apple TV, navigate to or search “VLC” in apple store

2) Download and install VLC media player

3) Import the AVI files you intend to play to your Apple TV

4) Launch VLC media player App on Apple TV

5) Play AVI files with VLC media player

If VLC media player failed to correctly play your files, which happens at times (there is a known defect that VLC fails to play the AVI files containing AC3 audio codec), navigate to Method 1 or Method 2 for troubleshooting.


That’s all about the solutions to play AVI on Apple TV. I hope you’ve benefited from this page and solved your AVI video playback issues. By the way, Free HD Video Converter Factory is really a nice toolkit that can help you deal with kinds of video conversion problems easily yet efficiently. Feel free to give it a try! If you encounter any trouble, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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