Play MKV files on TV from an external hard drive


If you are trying to play .mkv files on USB stick directly to TV, you may wish to read this post. It guides you through the process of converting MKV movies to H.264 MP4 for viewing on TV from an external hard drive.
play .mkv files on USB stick directly to TV
How can I play MKV files on my TV through USB connection?
“Hey, guys, can anyone help? I have a new LCD TV with USB connection. I’m trying to play MKV movies stored on my external hard drive directly on my TV. Unfortunately, it seems that my TV doesn’t recognize MKV format. How can I play MKV files on my TV through USB connection? Any suggestions?”

If you are trying to directly play an MKV file on a TV through USB key, you should strongly consider converting MKV video to a format that is widely accepted by a TV, such as H.264 encoded MP4. This requires a third party video converter app, like HD Video Converter. It just saves a lot of hassles when you find out that the thing won’t play when you plug the USB in. Read on to learn a simple guide on how to convert MKV to H.264 MP4 for playing on a TV through USB connection.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter (for both PC and Mac)
convert MKV movies to H.264 MP4 for viewing on TVplay MKV files on TV through USB

How to convert MKV to MP4 format for playing on TV via USB connection?

To do this:
Step 1: Install and run HD Video Converter as the best MKV to MP4 Converter. Click ‘Add File’ button to import MKV source media.
play MKV movies on external hard drive directly on TV

Step 2: Select MP4 as output format
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘HD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (.mp4)’ as target format from ‘HD Video’ column.
play MKV movies on external hard drive directly on TV
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Set advanced settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
play MKV movies on external hard drive directly on TV

Step 4: Start MKV to MP4 Conversion for TV playback
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to start conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated MP4 files easily.
Tips
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Shutdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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