Play MP4 on TV via Cable, Wi-Fi, USB or Streaming Devices

John Salley

Mar 19, 2017 04:24 pm / Posted by John Salley to BD/DVD Backup, MP4, NAS

Have a lot of MP4 files on your local hard drive downloaded from popular online video sharing sites or recorded with your camera, camcorder and view to enjoy on your TV? The following article will share you 4 different ways to watch MP4 files on TV and how to watch incompatible MP4 files on TV.

Play MP4 on TV

Part 1: How to watch MP4 files on TV?

Generally, there are 4 different ways to watch computer local MP4 files on TV: via audio-visual cables, via wi-fi connection, play from external USB flash drive or stream to TV via media streaming devices. The following part will illustrate them with great details.

Method 1: MP4 to TV via audio-visual (AV) cables

There are 4 different types of cable connection; the HDMI, DVI, VGA and S-Video. Usually there are outputs on your computer and inputs on your TV. You have to check the ports on both of your computer and TV before attaching or hooking up your PC to the TV with the cables.

Method 2: Play MP4 Wireless

Besides attaching the cables, it would be also a good choice to try the wireless connection. You can try the Wi-Fi to connect your PC to the TV without the cables. In this case, you may need a wireless PC to TV conversion box. It supplies Wi-Fi connection to any computer at home. This box will transmit contents from the Internet to your PC. You can purchase a Wireless PC to TV conversion box online.

Method 3: Play MP4 via a USB on TV

Many televisions now come with USB ports installed. With these USB ports, you can view the contents of stored on an external hard drive or USB flash drive.

Method 4: Stream MP4 via media streaming services

If you happen to own a media streaming devices such as Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox or PS4, Xbox, then you will get the chance to stream local MP4 video from your computer to your TV.

Part 2: Play unsupported MP4 files on TV

It is well know that MP4 is a container file format, it can contain various different video and audio codec. However, the supported playback formats by TV can be limited to very few formats or specific file resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, channels, etc. Therefore, you will definitely encounter format or profile parameters incompatible issues when you play certain incompatible MP4 files on TV.

Fortunately, here comes the best MP4 to TV converter – Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, which has full support for all MP4 files encoded with the following video and audio codec:
Video codec: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (A)SP, H.264/MPEG-4, H.265/HEVC, VC-1/WMV, Real Video, Microsoft MPEG4 V2, VP8, MVC
Audio codec: MP3, WMA, AAC, AC-3, DTS,ALAC, DTS-HD 

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You can use the program to convert MP4 to your TV supported digital file formats and then adjust the output profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc to let them adapt with the best playback settings of your TV. If you are not a tech savy, never mind, our program can beneficially direct generate popular TV brand including Samsung/Sony/Panasonic/LG preset MP4 file format with the optimal playback settings. If the original MP4 video uses an aspect ratio that doesn’t match with your TV display screen aspect ratio, you can change the output aspect ratio to make it adapt with your TV with the program’s crop function.

The program features an intuitive and easy to navigate interface, so that you can complete the whole conversion progress with just few clicks. In addition, it is very safe to download and install since it doesn’t feature feature any ads or bundled adware. What’s more, the developer of the program keeps constant update with perfect support for the new operating system including Windows 10 and macOS Sierra.

For Mac users, you can get the job done with the Mac version – Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac on Mac OS X El Capitan or the new macOS Sierra.

How to Convert Unsupported MP4 File for TV Playback?

Step 1: Load MP4 files.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import MP4 files into the program.

Load MP4 files

Step 2: Set output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, you can output onf of your TV supported digital file formats such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output H.264 HD file format

Tips: Open “Profile Settings” window, here all the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc are adjustable to make them adapt with your TV best playback settings.

adjust output profile parameters

You can also choose to directly output TV preset profile formats according to your TV brand under “TVs” drop-down list.

Output TV preset profile format

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated TV playable files. Then feel free to play and the files on TV via cable, wi-fi, USB drive or media streaming devices.

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