"What formats do Samsung Smart TV support? Can Samsung Smart TV play MKV files? How to play MKV files on Samsung Smart TV?" asked by Ken on Quora.
Actually, you could find a lot of questions like the above one on some QA sites and Samsung Smart TV forum. This guide would show you how to play MKV on Samsung Smart TV with practical solutions.
Part 1: Introduction to MKV Format and Samsung Smart TV
An MKV file is a video container format similar to the .AVI, .ASF, and .MOV formats. It supports several types of audio and video codecs and may include .SRT, .SSA, or .USF (Universal Subtitle Format) subtitles. MKV files also support VobSub subtitles from DVDs.
MKV videos could be played back via various media players like Windows Media Player, VLC, Leawo Blu-ray Player, etc. Leawo Blu-ray Player has both Windows and Mac versions to let you freely play back MKV files on both Windows and Mac computers.
Samsung Smart TV is quite similar to other smart TVs. MKV is really one of Samsung TV compatible video formats. The reason why Samsung TV won't play MKV is because MKV is a container format, which is a kind of Matroska media files while Matroska is a new multimedia package format, also known as multi-media containers.
In fact, whether or not an Samsung TV plays MKV files really depends on what is inside the file. For example, if a MKV file has DTS audio or Dolby True audio which smart TV has bad compatibility with, the file finally won't be supported by Samsung TVs.
Therefore, if you found that your Samsung Smart TV couldn't play back MKV files in hand. You need to convert MKV to Samsung Smart TV compatible MKV codecs. The below content would show you how to play MKV files on Samsung Smart TV in detail.
Part 2: How to Convert MKV Files to Smart TV with Leawo Video Converter
You could use Leawo Video Converter to convert MKV to Samsung Smart TV compatible video files and then play the converted MKV files on your Samsung Smart TV. Leawo Video Converter is a practical and easy to use video converter tool that could convert video and audio files between 180+ formats for diverse uses, including MKV to MP4, MKV to AVI, MP4 to MOV, etc. The below steps would show you how to convert MKV to Samsung Smart TV video files in detail.
Step 1: Add MKV files
After launching this Video Converter (officially named as Pro. Media on the program), open the “Video Converter” module. Then directly drag and drop your MKV files into this program.
Step 2: Set output format
Click the button before the big green “Convert” button. You will see 3 different options. Choose “Change” option.
Open the “Format > Common Video” group to select MP4 Video, or “Device > Samsung” group to choose a proper profile as output format.
Step 3: Edit MKV files (optional)
This is optional. You could create 3D movies, add watermark, adjust effect, etc. Right click the loaded MKV file and then choose “Edit” option to enter the editing panel, where you could trim video length, crop video size, add image or text watermark, adjust video effect, apply 3D effect, remove noise, etc.
Step 4: Set output directory
Click the big green "Convert" button on the top right corner of the Convert module. Then set output directory in the "Save to" box.
Step 5: Convert MKV to Samsung Smart TV video files
Finally, click the "Convert" button at the bottom of the sidebar. This Video Converter would start to convert MKV files to Samsung Smart TV videos instantly.
When the conversion finishes, you could then transfer converted MKV files to your Samsung Smart TV and play MKV files on Samsung Smart TV with big screen.
Note: You could choose HD in Step 2 as output profile, and edit video and audio parameters of selected profile like quality, video codec, bit rate, aspect rate, etc. to get HD video output. Therefore, you could play MKV files on Samsung Smart TV in HD.
Part 3: Tips to Play MKV Files on Samsung Smart TV
There are several tips that could make it easier for you to play MKV files on Samsung Smart TV.
1. Samsung Smart TV is actually compatible with MKV format. If your Smart TV can't play MKV files, that's because of the video codec inside the MKV file. You need to re-code the MKV file to MP4 AC3 or other supported codecs by Samsung Smart TV.
2. To play MKV on Samsung Smart TV, you firstly need to transfer MKV files to Samsung Smart TV with a USB portable device. Just stick the USB device with the MKV files inside to the Samsung Smart TV, and then you could play back MKV files in USB on Samsung Smart TV.
3. You can also stream MKV to Samsung TV with Media Server as well.