How to Play 4K HEVC/H265 on Apple TV with Ease?

Apple is one of the leading brands in the digital field of the tech-driven era. Yet, some of its users are not satisfied with the Apple HEVC reproduction. If you haven’t got the Apple TV HEVC/H265 support, follow this article to learn how to play 4K HEVC on Apple TV without a hitch. Download the powerful HEVC video converter to get ready:

Vita Vita | Updated on Dec 26, 2023

What Are H265/HEVC and Apple TV?

Why Apple TV Won't Play HEVC/H265?

How to Play 4K H265/HEVC on Apple TV Easily?

Things You Should Know about Apple TV and H265/HEVC

• HEVC or H265 stands for High Efficiency Video Coding. It is the successor to the H264 video compression standard. By comparison, HEVC provides higher compression, smaller file size, and the same video quality, thus giving better results than H264 videos.
Many 4K TVs support HEVC hardware decoding, including Apple TV 4K (the 3rd generation).

• Apple TV is a digital media player developed by Apple Inc. for viewing television shows and films. MP4, MOV, and M4V are generally the only video formats supported by Apple TVs, but there are still restrictions on the encoding methods on different TV models.

• Apple TV 4K offers a unique feature that gives you remote access and control to your devices. It lets you watch and share 4K HDR videos whenever you want.

Tips: the main difference between Apple TV and Apple TV 4K is the supported video resolution. Apple TV supports resolutions up to 1080p, while Apple TV 4K supports resolutions up to Ultra HD at 2160p (4K).

HEVC Apple TV Converter

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you convert 4K HEVC/H265 videos to Apple TV-supported formats in only 3 steps! It is the easiest way to fix the Apple TV HEVC playback issues. Try it out!

Why the Apple TV H265/HEVC Playback Error?

You may have tried to play 4K H265/HEVC files on your Apple TV but found it cannot open this type of video. Why can’t my Apple TV play 4K HEVC videos? The truth is playing HEVC/H265 videos on Apple TV requires both software and hardware decryptions.

In terms of the software, many of you would apply a third-party media player, such as Plex, VLC, or Infuse. Those apps support HEVC most of the time, but playback errors and program crashes are also likely to occur.

As for the hardware, only Apple TV 5th generation supports 4K H265 video playback. The 3rd generation and older Apple TVs support HEVC SDR up to 1080p, H.264, and MPEG-4. Thus, you can convert 4K HEVC/H265 to Apple TV video specs for a smooth playback experience.

Next, I will show you how to get Apple TV/Apple TV 4K to play HEVC files via transcoding. Read on and follow the guide below.

How to Fix the Apple TV H265/HEVC Playback Issue?

An Apple TV converter is necessary for this task. You are highly recommended to use WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, the best video converter to help you convert H265/HEVC to Apple TV, Apple TV 4K, or other desired video formats.
The software offers a user-friendly interface without complex operations. In addition to converting video formats, it allows you to change video settings for different devices, such as the resolution, bitrate, frame rate, and channels.

Now, free downloadfree download the Apple TV HEVC converter and follow the instructions below.

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Step 1. Import HEVC/H265 videos

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and select Converter on the home interface. Then , click Add Files to import your HEVC files or directly drag and drop them into the software.

Add Files

Step 2. Select Apple TV format

Click the format image on the right side and go to the Apple tab under Device. Then, select “Apple TV 4K”, “Apple TV4”, or “Apple TV3” as the export profile.

Moreover, you can alter the configuration options in “Parameter settings” and trim, crop, rotate, or add subtitles to your video.

Choose Apple TV Format

Step 3. Start Conversion

Hit ▼ icon at the bottom to specify an output path. Finally, press Run to start the conversion. The process will be complete very soon. After that, you can locate the converted video files on your PC and transfer them to your Apple TV for easy playback without a hitch.

Start Conversion

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Final Words...

With the help of WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, you can get Apple TV H265 or Apple TV 4K H265 support to play HEVC on your device without effort. Hopefully, I’ve made everything clear in this article. If you have any problem with the Apple TV converter, contact us, and we’ll be glad to help you.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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