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How to Watch Video_TS Files on Apple TV 4/3/2


A very simple question… can Apple TV play Video_TS files directly?

No, a very simple answer, too. But, you have two ways to play Video_TS files on Apple TV, one (details) is transcode Video_TS files to H.264 files and loaded into iTunes, the other (details) is get Plex and you will have no problem to play them on Apple TV.

Transcode Video_TS files to H.264 files

Apple TV compatible with the following video formats:
arrow H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
arrow MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
arrow Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Tip!: To watch Video_TS files on big screen TV via Apple TV 4/3/2, you need to strictly follow MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC video codec as well as AAC audio.

For transcode Video_TS files to H.264 AVC video codec as well as AAC audio, you just need a video converting tool, here Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate (for Windows) / iMedia Converter (for Mac) is your best choice. With it you can transcode Video_TS files into Apple TV 4/3/2 compatible MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC video codec as well as AAC audio with high speed. The following are some of the important features this program have:

  • Convert video files at high speed (Support NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream (AMD APP) acceleration technologies, 2 – 6X faster conversion)
  • Converted video should be in best video and audio quality output and fit on any Tablets and Phones as well as PC/Mac.
  • Friendly and simple user interface lets you convert video files between many formats with ease.
  • Rich functionality like rip DVD/Blu-ray to any video/audio format and various video editing tools.
  • Good customer supports such as telephone, email, online help, community or FAQ tutorials.
  • Reasonable price with free trial option available.
  • 90 days money back guarantee.

Guide: Transcode Video_TS files to H.264 for Apple TV

Windows Version Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate takes as example, Mac Version share the same steps, just 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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Step 1: Load VIDEO_TS files

Run this program and click “Load from folder” to select and load the Video_TS folder to the program.

There are many titles in one Video_TS folder, usually you just need to choose the main title to rip.


Step 2: Select an output format for Apple TV 4/3/2 and set the output folder.

Click on the dropdown menu of “Format” and then move your pointer to “HD video > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” which is the compatible format for Apple TV 4.


Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

Tips: If you wanna edit DVD movie, you can click the “Edit” icon to edit, like cr

opping, trimming, adding watermark effect, deinterlacing, merging, rotating and more.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.

Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.


Note: Optimal settings for Apple TV 4 should be set as Video Size: 1280*720, Video Bitrate: 4000kbps at highest quality, Video Frame rate: 24fps or 30fps, Audio codec: AAC, Audio Sampling rate: 48000hz, Audio Bitrate: 160kbps, Audio Channels: 5.1Channels.

Step 4: Start converting Video_TS files to H.264 HD Video

Click the “Convert” icon, the Video_TS to Apple TV 4 conversion will start immediately. You can follow the converting process in the “Conversion” interface.

When the conversion finished, you can get the output files by clicking on “Open” button effortlessly.

Now you can sync the converted Video_TS files to iTunes, and then you are able to watch them on Apple TV.

Play Video_TS files on Apple TV 4/3/2 via Plex

Note: This guide is for the official Plex application for Apple’s tvOS, which limits it to the 4th generation Apple TV and above. We’ve already described the process of install Plex app on Apple TV 4, so if you haven’t done that yet, go do that now. Then come back here, where we’ll show you how to watch Video_TS files on Apple TV 4 via Plex app.

To follow along today you’ll need a few things. First and foremost you’ll need an Apple TV 4, a free copy of Plex for tvOS (we’ll download that during the setup phase), and, of course, a Plex media server to connect to.

This Plex media server could be your own or it could be a friend’s who has shared their Plex media server with you. We’ve already described the process of installing and setting up Plex Media Server here.

Just transfer the Video_TS files folder to your Plex Media Server, then open the Plex App on your Apple TV 4, tell the Apple TV 4 Plex App to play the Video_TS folders you want.

I also share some of my experiences on this page:

Apple TV Tips

Plex Tips