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Convert MKV Files To Play On Your TV

Updated on September 13, 2013

Enjoy MKV

Watch movies, shows and other various video media.
Watch movies, shows and other various video media.

Having Trouble?

MKV files are Matroska Multimedia Containers. They are an open standard free container that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks in one file. They are intended to serve as a universal format for storing common multimedia content, like movies or TV shows. Matroska is similar to other containers like AVI and MP4, but are entirely open in specification, with implementations consisting mostly of open source software. Matroska file extensions are .MKV for video (with subtitles and audio), .MK3D for stereoscopic video, .MKA for audio-only files, and .MKS for subtitles only.

This lens is geared toward describing the different ways to play these files on your smart TV or PS3. However, many of these files will have variations. Although they are MKV files, they may still have different audio formats encoded into them. Possibly AC3, AAC, or most commonly DTS audio.

DTS is a series of multichannel audio technologies that is supported on a wide range of home theater systems and some TVs. This format of audio can also be converted to a more standard format such as AC3, AAC or even MP4 format. The trick is to find out what your TV supports and stick with that format.


MKVMerge screenshot.
MKVMerge screenshot.

Get The Tools

Back to the task at hand. If you are having trouble playing MKV files on your TV, it may not be that your TV wont play them. It may just be that your TV can't see them. Here is a way to determine that. Simply change the file extension. Most TVs Play MP4 so change it to that. (The file extension is the .mkv if you don't know.) Change it to read .mp4 instead.

If you are having trouble doing this here is the method:

Go to “Computer”

Then go to “Organize”

Then go to “Folder and Search Options”

Then go to “View”

Scroll down and find the box for: “Hide Extensions For Known File Types.”

Make sure that box is NOT checked.

Now you can change a .MKV file extension to a .MP4 file extension.

This process will “trick” your TV into thinking it is playing an MP4 and play the MKV.

Although your TV now may be playing the video, you may be faced with an “audio codec” error. If this is the case, chances are you are trying to play DTS audio and your TV does not support it. The solution for this is to get a very simple FREE program that will allow you to extract the audio only without having to convert the entire video file.

PopCorn MKV

When you download this program it should come with all the tools needed. If prompted, just agree to download additional tools.
When you download this program it should come with all the tools needed. If prompted, just agree to download additional tools.

Your MKV Content

“MKVMerge” is the tool but I recommend downloading “Popcorn Audio Converter” as it is easier and has additional tools you may need as well. Popcorn is made by Heart Ware and can be downloaded from Softonic for free.

Just load program, and leave everything default. Only select you MKV file as source file and select or create a folder to output the converted file to. Note: Don’t forget to now change it to a . MP4 file.

Additional Software


ImToo MKV Converter is a great and profesional MKV converter and MKV editor, this best MKV Video Converter can easily convert MKV to AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, 3GP, 3G2, MOV, MPG. and extract audio from MKV to MP3, AAC, M4A, WMA, WAV, AC3, OGG etc, Convert MKV (Matroska Video) files to play with iPod, iPhone, iPad, Nexus one, Droid, PSP, Apple TV, PS3 and Xbox with this MKV Converter Now.
> Convert MKV to AVI, MP4 WMV, DivX, H.264/AVC, XviD, MOV.
> Extract audio from MKV files to MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, M4A.
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> Support iPhone 4, iPad, iPod, Andriod Phone etc.

1.Convert MKV files to video and audio
Convert MKV to WMV, AVI, DivX, MP4, H.264/AVC, Xvid, MOV and such video formats, or get MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC or M4A audio from MKV files.

2. Put MKV files on various digital devices
Easily put MKV files and movies on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, XBOX, Zune or other MP4 players with this MKV file converter.

3. Trim, crop and merge video ImToo MKV Converter allows you to trim, crop and merge videos. Trim function allows you to get a specific length of video accurately; while crop can help you cut off the black edges and unwanted video area easily, so that you can enjoy a wider screen on your portable devices like iPod, iPhone. In addition, check the option “Merge into one file”, you can join multiple videos into one bigger file for conversion.

4. Add text, image, and video watermark
Its watermark function allows you to add different watermark types, including text, image (including GIF), and video watermark. Its video watermark function will add a picture-in-picture effect on your video.

5. High conversion speed
Capable of detecting CPU automatically and processing each task with multi-core, this MKV to AVI converter can convert MKV file to AVI in higher speed than any other similar software.


Aone Software Ultra MKV Converter is a professional MKV convert which can convert MKV to AVI, MPEG, WMV, DVD, MP4, 3GP, H264, FLV, iPod, PSP, Archos etc. With the user-friendly interface, you can convert MKV to all popular video formats as easy as ABC. Just a few clicks ,you could choose audio tracks and subtitle track to be converted for the target movie. Ultra MKV Converter supports all the video and audio streams you will find in an MKV file. You need not to install any other codecs or filters to convert mkv files. Fast conversion speeds and high quality. Lifetime free technical support and free upgrade.


I hope this lens has helped you with any problems you may be having concerning the converting and editing of MKV Files. Thank you for reading.


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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the software you had provided. Helpful for those videos with mkv format. Voted useful