Why do some Tv Episodes Play on Apple Tv and Others Dont?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by PcBgone, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. PcBgone macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    I just got an apple tv. I had encoded my entire dvd collection using handbrake and the apple tv presets. I knew one day I would eventually get an Apple Tv. I got everything to sync, however some episodes of some of my shows play while others do not. They all work fine in Itunes. I get some kind of error stating the file is in an incorrect format, but they are all m4v's.

    Any ideas?
  2. roidy macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Dude, I'll play a video, stop it, try to play the same one again and get an error message. It's called the ATV operating system is crap. It's things like this that show what Apple means by, "it's a hobby." I have had very few problems playing infinitely more videos in iTunes, which Apple obviously spends a lot of time and money developing. An Apple TV should really just be a box that plays iTunes with a remote control instead of Front Row's redheaded stepchild.
  4. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    First, restart your computer and apple tv. If they still do not play, it likely means you did something wrong during encoding. As others said, sometimes there are glitches where a file that is known to be compatible will be unrecognized, but a restart will always fix this issue.

    If you use the Universal Setting in Handbrake, you will have no issues.
  5. PcBgone thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    I have rebooted the Apple Tv...and amazingly those files that wouldnt play last night play just fine today.

    Is ATV really this buggy? Has it always been like this or was it just this way with the latest software update?

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