MKV files not playing on TV

Couldn’t play MKV movies on your TV due to codec incompatibility issues? Read this post to learn a workaround to encode MKV files for viewing on TV flawlessly.

MKV files not playing on my Samsung Smart TV
“Hi all, I have a Samsung Smart TV. I’ve been downloading and watching 1080p MKV movies on my TV through USB drive and they all have worked fine. Today I downloaded a movie in .mkv but when I try and play it in my TV it says ‘Video codec not supported’. Is there anything I can do to go through this? Thanks for your help.”

Basically, if the codec is not supported, your only choice is finding a file that uses another codec, or encoding the file to a format that is compatible with your TV on a computer. You can find a step-by-step guide on how to convert MKV movies for playing on a TV below.

How to rewrap MKV to the widely accepted MP4 for playing on a TV?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
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To do this:
Step 1: Install and run HD Video Converter as the best MKV to TV Converter. Click ‘Add File’ button to import MKV source media.
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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.
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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.
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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 for playing on your TV easily.
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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