We all know that it is quite simple to watch videos saved on USB flash disk on home television if there is a USB port on TV. Just plug this disk into USB port and choose any videos you want to watch. However, it will become much more complicated when it comes to playing iTunes M4V files on Smart TV, LCD TV (Samsung, Philips, Sony, LG, etc.). This kind of problem will always occur and drive us crazy when we attempt to watch videos purchased from Apple iTunes Store on home television. What is M4V file? M4V file is a video format developed by Apple company. This file is well protected by Apple’s FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM), and it is the main cause of failing to play iTunes DRM M4V files on media players, such as Windows Media Player, VLC player, etc. To play M4V on TV through USB drive, we are required to remove DRM protection from M4V and convert it to TV compatible video formats. Thankfully, this post will introduce video formats that can be played on TV and ways on how to remove DRM of iTunes movies and play them on TV.
Part 1: What Kind of Video Files Can be Played on TV
Below are the video formats supported on WD TV HD Media Player, WD TV Live Streaming Media Player, WD TV Live Hub Media Center, WD TV Mini Media Player for your reference.
Video Formats Supported on the WD TV HD Media Player:
WMV9, AVI (MPEG1/2/4, XVID, AVC), H.264, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), MOV (MPEG4, H.264), M2TS, TP, TS, MOV/MP4 (MPEG4, h.264), DVR-MS, VOB, etc.
Video Formats Supported on WD TV Live Streaming Media Player, WD TV Live Hub Media Center:
MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264), M2TS, TP, TRP, TS, MP4, ASF, VOB, etc.
Video Formats Supported on WD TV Mini Media Player:
AVI (Xvid, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MP4/MOV (MPEG4), RM or RMVB 8/9/10, etc.
Part 2: Play DRM M4V on TV with 2 Professional Programs
(1) With iTunes DRM Removal
There are a great many professional iTunes DRM Removal tools on the market. What I recommend most is Leawo TunesCopy. This program makes it possible to remove DRM from iTunes movie/iTunes TV show and acting as a video converter to convert M4V to the format of MP4, which is compatible format of several TV media players.
Main Features of Leawo TunesCopy:
- Remove DRM from TV on iTunes and convert M4V files to common MP4.
- Be well compatible with all versions of iTunes and Windows operating system including the latest Windows 10.
- Easily view detailed information of video file, like name, author, duration, video codec, video resolution, etc.
- Freely and selectively choose audio track and subtitle for keeping in output video before DRM removal process.
- 50 times faster to remove DRM.
How to Remove DRM from M4V File of iTunes with Leawo TunesCopy
Step 1: Add iTunes TV Shows or Movies
Download, install and launch iTunesCopy from its official site. After launching this software, you can click “Add Files” button to import rental or purchased iTunes movies or TV shows that need to remove DRM, then click “Add” or “Add All” to begin importing single or all files.
Step 2: Choose Audio Tracks and Subtitles
Before you begin to remove DRM from iTunes TV shows, you are allowed to choose one or more file and freely edit its audio tracks and subtitles for keeping in output MP4 file. Then set specified output to save MP4 file.
Step 3: Set Output Profile.
Before starting converting, choose output formats as the location of converted files. Click “….” at the bottom of navigation bar to set output location. Remember the location of output files, you’d better get a fixed fold to place converted files.
Step 4: Remove DRM and Convert M4V to MP4
Click “Convert” button to begin the process of removing DRM protection from M4V file of iTunes TV shows and the conversion from M4V to common MP4. After that, it will become possible to play iTunes videos on TV or on other devices.
(2) With iTunes to TV converter:
Indeed, after the steps above, the iTunes DRM M4V Files has been converted to MP4, And you can play iTunes videos on TV freely in most cases. However, there may also be some special cases. Not all TV players support to play MP4 videos. In this case, an iTunes to TV converter will come in handy. Leavo Video Converter is such a tool to convert videos between almost all popular video formats, such as AVI, MP4, MOV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc. In other word, with this powerful video converter, you can convert this output MP4 video format to TV compatible formats. First and foremost, download Leawo Video Converter to computer.
How to Convert MP4 Video to TV Compatible Formats
Step 1: Open up this video converter, click “Add Video” icon on the sub-menu to load MP4 videos. After loading, you edit loaded video files via the internal video editor.
Step 2: Tap on the drop-down box next to the “Add Photo” icon. Select “Change” option on the drop-down list. choose “AVI”, “MKV” or other TV compatible formats as an output format.
Given the above, the combination of Leawo TunesCopy and Video Converter provide much flexibility when dealing with matters pertaining to iTunes DRM removal and video format conversion. Try it free right now!