As a leading brand in the TV industry, Panasonic has been providing high-quality TV modules for decades. Not only can Panasonic TVs provide a great TV watching experience, most of its modules also supports external digital video input, allowing you to play all kinds of digital videos on the TV set easily. However, some users may have problems when playing MKV videos on Panasonic TVs, so a question has been widely raised: How to play MKV movies on Panasonic TV successfully? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to talk about in this article.

Part 1: Can Panasonic TV Play MKV Movie

Before we start talking about how to play MKV on Panasonic TV, we should figure out whether Panasonic TVs support the MKV format first. Different Panasonic TV modules have different supported video formats. To know whether your specific module supports the MKV format, you should check out the format list on the manual, or go to the official website of Panasonic, find your TV module and check out the detailed information. That being said, most of Panasonic TV sets do support video like AVI, MP4, and MKV, unless the user manual says otherwise.

However, supporting the format is one thing, being able to actually play it is another. Even if your TV supports MKV video format as the input, there are still chances that the TV set fails to play an MKV video file. Why is that? Well, the MKV video format is actually a container format, which means what’s inside of that container, the actual video content, might be encoded or compressed in different ways. If the video content inside of the MKV container is not something that your TV set can support, your TV will fail to play the video.

Since most of Panasonic support MKV video as input, now let’s see how to play an MKV video on your Panasonic TV set.

Part 2: Play MKV Files on Panasonic TV via USB

The most common and direct way to play an MKV video on Panasonic TV is through a USB port. Most of the Panasonic TV modules have one or more USB ports built in the TV set. If your Panasonic TV supports the MKV input, you can use the USB port to play the MKV video on TV. The process is easy, and here is how to do it.

Step 1: Find a USB stick or any USB storage device, connect it to your computer, and move the MKV video from your computer to the USB device.

Step 2: Unplug the USB device from your computer and connect it with your Panasonic TV.

Step 3: Different Panasonic TV modules have different user interfaces. But no matter what interface you are facing, you should be able to find the external device easily, and then select the video files inside it to play. Just remember that you cannot unplug the USB storage device in the entire playback process.

Part 3: Convert MKV to Panasonic TV Format

Like we have just talked about, not all Panasonic TVs can play MKV videos, and mot all MKV video can be played by a Panasonic TV even though the TV supports the format. So what if you can’t directly play the MKV video on your Panasonic TV? Well, there is a perfect solution for that kind of scenario. When you find your Panasonic TV being not able to play your MKV video file, you should first check the user manual for the supported formats, and then convert the MKV video to one of these formats with a professional video converter application like Leawo Video Converter.


Leawo Video Converter is a professional video converting application loved by millions of users all around the world. It has advanced video converting technologies, allowing you to convert 180+ kinds of videos from one format to another in an astonishing 6X higher speed. Besides that, Leawo Video Converter also provides an internal video editor, making it possible for you to edit the video before you start the conversion. You can do trimming, changing video effects, cropping, adding watermark, converting 2D to 3D and removing noise with the video editor. If you think you need to convert the MKV video to another format with Leawo Video Converter, check out the guide provided in the following, and you should be able to do the conversion with ease.

Step 1: Download and install Leawo Video Converter on your computer. Once you enter the main interface of the program, click the “Add Video” button to import your MKV video. You can also import the video by directly dragging the file and dropping it on the program interface. If you have more than one video imported, you can click the “merge” button to merge them into one.

Step 2: If you are using Leawo Video Converter for the first time, you would notice that the default output format is “MP4 Video”. To change the format, you need to click the “MP4 Video” area, then click “Change” to go to the format selection panel and select the video format you want.

Step 3: If you want to do some video editing operations, just click the “Edit” button on your imported video to go to the video editing panel. When you are ready, you can click the green “Convert” button, set an output directory and start converting your MKV video.

Part 4: Burn MKV Movie to Disc

Besides converting the MKV video to another format, there are other ways to play the unsupported MKV video on a Panasonic TV, and some of them are even better than the video converting approach. For example, burning the MKV to a Blu-ray disc is one of the best solutions for playing a digital video on TV. Theoretically, as long as you have a Blu-ray player connected to your TV and a good Blu-ray burning application installed on your computer, burning a video to a disc and play the disc using a Blu-ray player connected to a TV is not a hard thing to do. Also, there are a lot of advantages for burning a video to a Blu-ray disc:

It protects the video by putting the file to a physical, optical disc;
It makes the video portable and easy to be shared;
It keeps the original video quality;
It boosts the video watching experience with the Blu-ray menu extendibility.

But here comes a question. What do you need in order to burn your MKV video to a Blu-ray disc with the original quality preserved? Well, there are a lot of video burning applications that you can find throughout the internet, but very few of them are as good as Leawo Blu-ray Creator. As a professional Blu-ray burning application, Leawo Blu-ray Creator can burn up to 180+ kinds of video to a Blu-ray disc and keep the original quality at the same time. In the burning process, Leawo Blu-ray Creator can have a 6X higher speed and provides 40+ beautiful Blu-ray menu template for you to create a unique Blu-ray menu for your video. In the following, we provided a brief guide for the application so that you can easily burn your MKV video to a disc with Leawo Blu-ray Creator.

Step 1: Launch Leawo Blu-ray Creator, navigate to the “Burn” module from the toolbar above, and then click the “Add Video” button to add your source MKV video for burning.

Step 2: After the video is imported, you can select subtitle, choose audio track, set Blu-ray format and adjust aspect ratio with the corresponding dropdown menus. The green bar in the bottom shows you the disc space usage. You can also use the menu templates on the right to create a menu for your Blu-ray.

Step 3: Once you are happy with all the settings, click the green “Burn” button to call out the output settings panel. On the panel, you can choose whether you want to burn the video to an ISO file or a blank disc. You can also choose to save a copy in your computer. When you have set everything right, click the “Burn” icon below to start the burning process.

Part 5: Free MKV Player Alternative on PC

With the methods introduced above, I’m sure you can easily fix the Panasonic TV not playing MKV video problem. However, if you think all the approaches introduced above are too troubling, then here is another way to play the MKV video more directly: Using a nice video player application to play the MKV video on PC.

If you don’t know what the best choice for MKV video playback on PC is, then you must take a look at the free Leawo Blu-ray Player. As a professional video player application, Leawo Blu-ray Player offers tons of advanced playback features like virtual remote controller, DVD and 4K support, Blu-ray playback across region, and the Blu-ray to MKV conversion in the premium version. If you have Leawo Blu-ray Player installed on your PC, you can not only play the original MKV video, but also play the Blu-ray disc if you have burned the video to Blu-ray as showed in the last step.


Today we talked about how to play MKV videos on Panasonic TVs. Although most Panasonic TVs allow you to directly play an MKV video file with a USB port, in some cases, you still have to convert the MKV format or burn the video to Blu-ray disc in order to make it play on your TV. But thanks to Leawo Video Converter and Leawo Blu-ray Creator, the processes of both works are extremely simple. Furthermore, if you also want to play the MKV video on PC with the best quality, Leawo Blu-ray Player is always a great tool that can be of help.