Apple TV mkv question

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  1. ovo6 macrumors 6502

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    Does the new Apple TV supports mkv movie files from a usb or for streaming on my network ?
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Likely not, but with the App store available you will likely have apps that can do all that.
     
  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    That is not Apple supported format it is easy to get around since you would require no conversion to get it in .mp4 format/container since it will most likely have h.264 video in there. You can use a command line tool like ffmpeg to simply copy the video and audio to a .mp4 file something like this for a command line.
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    ffmpeg -i file.mkv -vcodec copy -acodec copy  file.mp4
    
    Put the resulting .mp4 onto a source the box can access and your good to go. Do believe there are graphical programs that do the same thing if scared of the command line..
     
  4. chriscl macrumors 6502

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    PLEX are apparently working on an app for the new ATV4, which would use the PLEX media server elsewhere on your local network.

    PLEX can play MKV files, no problem at all.
     
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  6. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Huh? Why is MKV a problem when ATV4 will have an App Store?
     
  7. Quirinus macrumors member

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    Downloading stuff to a usb drive to watch on tv, welcome to 2005? :) All joking aside: Infuse will have an app that will play MKV from your local network, or PLEX like someone else already mentioned.
     
  8. JGRE macrumors 6502a

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    You can directly play a MKV (or any other) file using Beamer app.
     
  9. shandyman Suspended

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    I do this, or I just handbrake to mp4.
     
  10. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    If apps like Infuse, Plex are available then it should be okay.
     
  11. shandyman Suspended

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    Plex are working on an Apple TV app, they confirmed on Twitter.
     
  12. brand macrumors 601

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    The USB port is for diagnostics only and not for expanding storage as with all previous AppleTVs.
     
  13. ZeRoLiMiT macrumors 6502a

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    I use MP4Tools to convert MKV to MP4 and works perfect!!!
     
  14. thekayman macrumors 6502

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    That's what I useas it does not convert the file, like say Handbrake, just repackages it in an mp4 container.
     
  15. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    You can smh as much as you like - MKV playback never has been possible via an unhacked Apple TV.

    Apple are trying to provide content via the iTunes store, not promote piracy.
     
  16. thisisnotmyname macrumors 65816

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    the MKV bit is the lesser of the problems, you can't play ANYTHING from a USB drive, AppleTV has never supported USB connected media for anything.

    Plenty of apps out there to convert and then add to your iTunes library though and home share across to AppleTV. Or the upcoming tvOS apps such as Plex and a networked media server.
     
  17. maclook macrumors 65816

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    Yup. Highly recommended. Haven't converted a video since using Beamer.
     
  18. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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  19. Spankey macrumors 6502a

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    I use iVI. Converts and places right into iTunes. No problems at all.
     
  20. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    glad I've read this thread. looks like ill be sticking to WDTV for another year... 2tb plugged into WDTV = a dream.
     

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