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Three Methods to Solve Apple TV MKV Playback Problems

Author by Sue

Updated on Oct 18, 2022

Encountered an Apple TV MKV playback failure? Follow this article to learn the cause and get three efficient solutions on how to play MKV file on Apple TV smoothly.

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Can Apple TV Play MKV Files?

Maybe you have a lot of music videos, movies, and TV shows in MKV format. When you play them on your Apple TV or other iOS devices, you will fail to do that. Actually, Apple TV cannot recognize MKV files as it doesn’t support MKV natively. So how to solve such playback issues? This article provides three effective methods to help you with the Apple TV MKV problem. Keep reading.

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, we can convert MKV files to the formats supported by Apple TV. Among a number of video converters, I most recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, a simple yet professional video converter. It can help you convert MKV videos to Apple TV rapidly. Meanwhile, this software offers more than 500 types of profiles to meet almost all of your conversion needs. With this powerful MKV converter, you can make videos compatible with Apple TV and play them on your Apple TV smoothly. Now, free download the software and follow the simple guide below.

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Three Steps to Convert MKV to Apple TV

Before start, please free download and install the converter on PC.

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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, which can save you a lot of time and energy.

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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.

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 the “Video” tab. But don’t forget to change the video/audio codec to support formats in the “Parameter settings” to ensure smooth Apple TV MKV playback.

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. When the conversion is over, you need to transfer the converted videos to your Apple TV. Then you can enjoy these videos on the big TV screen at ease.

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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 VLC on your Apple TV. It’s a free and widely-used multi-platform media plyer that supports almost all the video formats. You can download it via this link:

With VLC media player, you’re able to play MKV files on Apple TV smoothly without converting MKV to MOV, MP4, or M4V format.

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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