How to Use VLC to Watch Blu-ray/DVD/Video_TS/ISO on Apple TV 4

Updated on Sept.29, 2017

This article is a tutorial for using VLC media player to play Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files and any other media files on Apple TV 4, three method involved: Local Network, Remote Playback or Network Stream.


VLC on the Apple TV allows you to get access to all your files and video streams in their native formats without conversions, directly on Apple TV 4. You will get every feature and format support you are used to in VLC, and a few Apple TV specific features. VLC on the Apple TV is fully free and open source, how to watch Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files and any other media files on Apple TV by using VLC?


1. VLC for Apple TV requires tvOS 9.0 or later. It runs on the fourth genseration Apple TV. Previous devices are not supported.

2. While VLC will play any video you can throw at it, AC3 audio support for .avi files doesn’t seem to be working. If you try to play a file in this format, you’ll be able to see the video, but it won’t have any sound. All the other video formats that I’ve tried, including .mkv, .mp4 and .mov files, work just fine.

Rip Blu-ray/DVD movies, Convert Video_TS / ISO files for Apple TV

Due to Apple TV don’t shaped with a Blu-ray and DVD drive, and Video_TS / ISO files are encrypted DVD-media files, you need to rip and convert the Blu-ray/DVD disc and Video_TS / ISO files to a digital videos in .mkv, .mp4 and .mov format and then streaming for Apple TV. In case of ripping Blu-ray, you need a porfessional Video Converter and Blu-ray DVD ripper. Here Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate (for Windows) / iMedia Converter (for Mac) is just the one you need. With it you can rip 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray discs, standard DVDs, encrypted Video_TS / ISO files to all popular SD and HD (3D) video formats like 4K/1080P/720P MP4, MOV, MKV, M4V, WMV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MPEG and more.

Meanwhile, it provides two model for you: Copy Blu-ray / DVD Main Movie Only or Backup Blu-ray / DVD Whole Structure. This is great because it means you’ll always have access to the Blu-ray / DVD movies without any quality loss.

The free trail-before-purchase version available, keep in mind you have download the right version, Windows platform .exe files cannot be installed on Mac OS – and vice versa.

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Windows Version Video Converter Ultimat takes as example, Mac Version iMedia Converter share the same steps.

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Step 1: Add Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files

Load Discs: Insert the Blu-ray disc to the Blu-ray Disc drive or DVD to the DVD-ROM and click the Load Disc button to have movies uploaded. You can also import ISO files, IFO files or Blu-ray/DVD folder for conversion.

Add Videos: Click Add Files or Add From Folder button to load video or audio files.


Step 2: Select output format

Click Format (located below where your source files are displayed) and select the format you want from the drop-down list.

All regular video and audio formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, etc. are provided.


Tips: Adjust video/audio Settings (Optional)
If you want to customize output video quality in further, click Settings button to customize video quality like resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio channel, etc.

Step 3: Start to rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files

After above settings, click the big Convert button to start to convert Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files. As soon as the conversion is done, simply click Completed to back to main interface, and click Open button to find generated videos.

How to Use VLC to Watch Ripped and Converted Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files on Apple TV 4

There are three basic ways to get VLC on Apple TV to play your Ripped and Converted Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files: Local Network, Remote Playback or Network Stream. You’ll need some sort of media server, like Plex, for the first one, a web browser for the second, and a web or FTP server for the third. Let’s take a look at each in order.

Local Network

Use your own media server to watch on Apple TV.

VLC supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) media servers ( like Plex) and FTP servers running on your local network. Just transfer the ripped and converted Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files to your Plex media server.


Launch VLC on your Apple TV, swipe left to go to the “Local Network” tab, and you’ll see your server there. Just click through to your movies and they should play without effort. What’s great here is that if your server doesn’t support certain file formats, VLC should be able to.

Remote Playback

Use your web browser to get videos over to your Apple TV.

If you’re not keen on running a server off your Mac, then the next best option is to use VLC’s remote playback function.


Swipe over to the Remote Playback tab at the top of the VLC screen on your Apple TV, and then you’ll see the screen above. Click on the Enable Remote Playback button and you’ll get two addresses, one with your local IP address ( above) and one with the more easily read local network address (http://Living-Room.local above). Type either into your web browser and you’ll get a web page that lets you drag and drop videos into it to watch on the big screen.

Simply drag your ripped and converted Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files to the web page on your Mac, and — after a quick load — they’ll start playing on your Apple TV via VLC. Exciting!

Network Stream

Stream ripped Blu-ray movies from Dropbox, web servers, and FTP servers on the internet.

If you’ve got an FTP or web server out there on the internet, you can use VLC to watch ripped and converted Blu-ray/DVD movies, Video_TS files, ISO files you might have stored there, such as Dropbox and Google Drive.


If you know the URL of your ripped Blu-ray videos, swipe over to the “Network Stream” tab in VLC for Apple TV and type it in. It’s tedious if it’s a long URL (I’m looking at you, Dropbox!), but once you’ve typed it in correctly, VLC will keep the last several URLs in there for you, which means you only have to do it once for each specific file.

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