Is it possible to play MKV on Apple TV 4 with Plex

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The best solution to help you play MKV files on Apple TV 4 with Plex. Check it now. 

Is it possible to play MKV on Apple TV 4 with Plex
On my new Apple TV 4, it always gives me the issue when playing MKV on Apple TV 4 with Plex: 30 seconds or so of waiting, then bounces back to Plex. Looking around for any decent tutorials, I got some clues.

MKV is just a container, it doesn't really tell us what kind of video file is inside it and you're trying to play. The Apple TV supports H.264 video, so if your MKV files contain such video, it ought to work fine. If not, it might cause the problem. And you can check the log files to see if it tells you why it aborts the playback. To get MKV files to Apple TV via Plex, a quick workaround is to convert MKV to Plex/Apple TV most compatible format H.264 MP4. Brorsoft Video Converter is the best choice for you, it can be done effortlessly.

This video app is professional on fast transcoding MKV to Plex Media Server with MP4 format for playing on Apple TV 4 freely. In addition, it not only supports MKV videos, but also handles various common video formats, like MXF. MTS, MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV .etc. For Mac users, Brorsoft Video Converter Mac is also a helpful app to encode videos for further usage.

Editor's Note: Actually,Plex Media Server may help you transcode your MKV files depending on the video and audio codecs of your MKV files. However, transcoding of video on the fly can be quite CPU intensive. So, we suggest you to convert MKV files to Apple TV on your PC first.

[Guide] How to play MKV files on Apple TV 4 via Plex

1. Load original MKV files

Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MKV files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose H.264 MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, which can be recognized by Plex, Apple TV 4 easily.

Tips: With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

3. Start conversion

Finally, hit the "Convert" button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion.

After the conversion, click "Open" to quickly find the converted movies. Then, you can watch MKV movies on Apple TV 4 via Plex with the best quality.

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