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Three Methods to Solve Apple TV MKV Playback Problems

Author by Sue

Updated on April 16, 2020

Do you want to enjoy your MKV videos on large screen with ultimate visual experience? This tutorial aims to help you to fix Apple TV MKV playback failure with practical solutions. Moreover, HD Video Converter Factory Pro enables you to convert MKV to formats supported by Apple TV in simple clicks. Download it now to fix the video playback issues at one go.

Can Apple TV Play MKV Files?

Maybe you have a lot of music videos, movies, TV shows in MKV extension and want to play them on your Apple TV. Unfortunately, you may fail to do that as Apple TV natively doesn’t support MKV. But there are three effective ways offered to deal with the Apple TV MKV playback issue.

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Three Practical Approaches to Play MKV on Apple TV

Although Apple TV cannot play MKV files directly, we can convert MKV videos to the formats that Apple TV supports, stream MKV videos to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring or install VLC to play MKV on Apple TV. Next, follow me to see the details of these three methods.

Method 1: Convert MKV to Apple TV Supported Format

Because Apple TV provides native support for M4V, MP4 and MOV files formats, some third-party video converters can be adopted to help us to convert MKV files to the video formats that Apple TV approves. I recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, which is a professional video converter. This converter can convert MKV videos to Apple TV and settle Apple TV MKV playback failure in a rapid and effective way. Meanwhile, the software offers more than 300 types of formats to meet various needs of users. With this practical converter, you can convert MKV videos to Apple TV with simple operating steps. Just follow this guide to play your MKV videos on Apple TV smoothly.

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Three Steps to Convert MKV to Apple TV

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Step 1: Import the MKV Files to the Converter

To fix the Apple TV MKV playback failure issue, you need to open HD Video Converter Factory Pro, select "Converter", and add the local MKV files by pressing “Add Files” button or using mouse to drag files into the interface. If you want to add the online MKV files, please click “Downloader” on the main screen, copy and paste the video URL. After the converter has analyzed the URL, click on “Download” button to save the video to your PC for conversion. In this way, you can save YouTube videos to computer and convert them to other formats and devices like Apple TV and iPhone. By the way, batch conversion is supported by this converter, so you do not need to add and convert files one by one. Definitely, with the batch conversion function, a lot of time and energy can be saved.

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Step 2: Choose an Output Format for Apple TV

To convert MKV to Apple TV, please click the “Output Format” on the right part of interface. Then, choose your Apple TV model under Apple tab. For Apple TV, there are Apple TV 4, Apple TV 3 and Apple TV 2 available to you.

As I have mentioned above, Apple TV provides native support for M4V, MP4 and MOV files formats, so you can just convert MKV to MP4, M4V or MOV files under “Video” tab to resolve the Apple TV MKV playback fault.

If you like, you can use this video converter to edit your videos. The editing functions include clipping,cropping, effecting and so forth. And there are more practical functions waiting for your exploiting.

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Step 3: Begin to Convert and Play MKV on Apple TV

After you choose the output format you need and specify the output folder, just click “Run” button to begin the conversion. HD Video Converter Factory Pro supports GPU acceleration, so the whole conversion process can be finished in a short time. After completion, please transfer the converted video files to iTunes and sync it to your Apple TV. Now, the bothering Apple TV MKV playback failure issue has been solved and you can enjoy your videos on big TV screen.

Method 2: Stream MKV to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring

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If you have MKV files downloaded on your iOS Device or Mac and want to play them on your Apple TV, you can download some third-party MKV players on your Apple device to play MKV files and then mirror videos to Apple TV. You just need to play the MKV files on your Mac or iOS device, and stream the display to Apple TV via AirPlay Mirroring. Once there are an iOS device and Apple TV available to you, let me tell you how to how to activate AirPlay Mirroring with a picture.

Just open the “Airplay” on your iOS device, then choose “Apple TV” and enable “Mirroring” to begin to play MKV on Apple TV. In this way, you can stream MKV to Apple TV successfully.

NOTICE 1. Make sure that the iOS device and Apple TV are in the same network.

NOTICE 2. Do not forget to start AirPlay Mirroring on your Apple TV by clicking the “AirPlay” on the right corner of your display.

Method 3: Install VLC for Apple TV to Fix Apple TV MKV Playback Issue

The third method is to download a VLC media player, which is a free, widely-used multi-platform media player. Almost all the videos with common formats are playable on VLC media player. You can download it via this link:

With VLC media player, you do not need to convert MKV to MOV, MP4 or M4V files and you can play MKV files on your Apple without hassles.

You may also run into other playback issues like Windows Media Player MP4 Playback Issue and Windows Media Player not playing DVD, which can also be solve by installing VLC media player.

In conclusion, all the three solutions mentioned above are simple to operate and can solve your Apple TV MKV playback troubles effectively. Based on your actual needs, you can choose any one you like to play MKV on Apple TV.

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