Can Smart TVs Play MKV?

Can Smart TVs Play MKV?

Although the latest smart TVs support most of the different video formats, sizes, they still often users get issues while playing specifically MKV files sometimes on different TVs. So, do smart TV really support MKV format, let’s discuss it in this post:

Can Smart TV Play MKV? Most of the latest smart TV brands like Samsung, Lg support MKV format files in their latest TVs. As MKV is nothing but a container that contains different codec files, so it is more important for TV to support that codec.

That’s why, if the MKV file is not running on a TV, there might be an issue with the codec, as MKV files come with lots of codecs, so you only have to use a codec that the TV supports. After ensuring this you can easily run any MKV files on your smart TV if it supports them.

So, if your smart TV also supports MKV files but not running when you actually trying to play, then you should check the codec of the video file once if your TV support that codec or not.

Now, I understand it is not possible for everyone to check which codec their TV supports and convert them, that’s why in this situation, I suggest converting the whole MKV video file in a different format like MP4, which is easy too (discussed in detail below).

This is also beneficial for those who don’t know if their TV supports MKV files or not.

Overall, although most of the smart TVs support MKV files because of the codec issues most of the MKV files can’t be run on the TVs. In this case, you either have to change the codec of that file or change the whole MKV file format to another format like MP4.

Now, let’s discuss one by one which TV brands support MKV file:

Can LG Smart TV Play MKV? LG smart TVs can play MKV format files with MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VP9, VP8, H.264/AVC, and HEVC codecs. So, check the codec of your MKV file if that matches these before running it on LG TV.

Can Sony Smart TV Play MKV Files? Although older Sony Bravia models didn’t support MKV files, the latest smart TVs still support MKV format files with codecs MPEG-4 SP, VP8, VP9, MPEG-4 SP, VP9, VP8.

So, if you also do have an old smart TV from Sony, then more likely they don’t support the MKV format files, so you have to convert it to another format for playing.

Can Samsung Smart TV Play MKV? Samsung smart TV supports MKV containers with MVC (partly), HEVC, MPEG-4, V6, V8, V9, H.264, H.265 codecs. So, you can only run MKV files that contain these codecs inside on a Samsung TV.

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How To Play MKV Files On TV If Codec Is Not Supported?

So if your smart TV doesn’t support the specific codec that your file has or even if it doesn’t support any MKV format, then you have to change the format, follow this:

You can easily do it easily through Handbrake software.

It is an open-source video transcoder that can convert file formats, like MKV, MP4 and guess what you can also convert files to different codecs too.

It is free software, you can easily download the software from the internet. After downloading, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the handbrake software, and drag and drop the video file you want to change. After that, you have to select a video location where you want to save the new video (changed file).

For that, as shown in the picture, click on browse and select your preferred location.

After that, the next thing you have to do is select the video format. If your TV supports MKV then select MKV if not select MP4 as shown in the picture.

At last, if you have chosen MKV format, you also have to choose a specific codec that your TV supports. For that, go to the video section and then the video codec, there you can find lots of different codecs, choose one that your TV supports.

After all this, click on start encode.

After it’s done you can easily use that file on your TV. Just make sure to choose a video codec and format that your TV support, otherwise it will not run.

Why Do Some MKV Files Not Play On TV?

It’s not about MKV file format, TVs don’t support all the codec that these MKV Files come with. So, if a TV supports the codec of MKV file, the user can easily access it on TV. Otherwise, there is no way of accessing those files on TVs.

Note that, till now I am only saying about smart TVs or TVs that have features to play video files.

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I hope after reading this post, you got the idea why some TVs don’t run MKV format files and how you can convert and run them. If you have any questions further, ask me anytime.

See you in the next one, be techy:)

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