Q: “Hi, guys. I have VOB files on my USB drive, I’ve tried to play it on Samsung LCD and I succeed. But I failed when I play VOB file on Sony Bravia. I don’t know why and how to play VOB files on Sony Bravia. Is there anybody can give me some hints and tell me how can VOB files play on Sony Bravia? Thanks.”

—PC World Forum

This is the common question you may encounter while using Sony Bravia to watch some movies and videos. In this post, we will talk about the reason why you cannot play VOB file on Sony Bravia and different approaches on how to play VOB files on Sony Bravia smoothly.

Part 1: Why VOB file cannot be played on Sony TV

Sony Bravia is the latest OLED TV series published by Sony Corporation. It brings more entertainment to users since it has 4K HDR image processing chip and high-tech display techniques, carrying the latest Android OS to offer an excellent picture, superb style and enough extras. Undoubtedly, Sony TV is setting trend in the smart TV industry. Sony TV allows you to use USB port to play your video easily. And it is usually compatible with file system like FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and exFAT, and supports the video/audio formats below:

1. AVCHD (with the file extension “.mts” and “.m2ts”)

2. MP4(AVC) (with the file extension “.mp4”)

3. MPEG4 (with the file extension “.mp4”)

4. MPEG1(with the file extension “.mpg”)

5. MPEG2(with the file extension “.mpg”)

6. WMV (with the file extension “.wmv” or “.asf”)

7. MP3(with the file extension “.mp3”)

8. WAV(with the file extension “.wav”)

A VOB file is a movie data file from a DVD disc, containing the audio and video data for the contents of a DVD as well as the subtitle, menu and DVD content information. Because of format compatibility between the video files and multimedia players or devices, you may know why the VOB files cannot play on Sony Bravia. The VOB file is not supported by Sony TV. How can VOB files play on Sony Bravia, then? To make it, you can convert VOB to compatible format to play VOB file on Sony Bravia.

A VOB file

Part 2: To Play VOB files on Sony TV with Leawo Video Converter

After installation, you may find that Leawo Video Converter is integrated into the program suite Leawo Prof. Media. When entering the main interface of Leawo Prof. Media, click on that “Convert” button on the menu or click on “Video Converter” button in the middle to go the conversion page.

Step 1: Import VOB Files into the program

Click on “Add Video” button to pop out a drop-down box, and then you can choose VOB files or VOB file folder for importing. You can also directly drag-n-drop VOB files into the program.

Add videos

Note: If you want to make all files into one big file, you can simply click the “Merge all files into one” button next to the big green “Convert” button. In addition, you could also play back the loaded VOB files, add external subtitles, customize the video with the internal video editor, etc.

Set output format

Step 2. Choose “AVI Video” as output format

After importing and editing, you can open the drop-down box named “MP4 Video” right before the big green “Convert” button, choose the “Change” button to enter the “Profile” interface where you can select “AVI Video” as the output format.

Set output format

You can choose the output format by clicking on “Format” > “Common Video” or you also search the desired format in the search box to find the format directly. And then press “OK” to confirm the setting,

Set output format

Step 3. Set the parameters for the files

Return to the drop-down box, click the “Edit” option to enter the “Profile Settings” panel to choose proper video parameters including Video Codec, Quality, Video Size, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio, and audio parameters like Audio Codec, Quality, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels, etc. Make sure you save the settings by clicking “OK” button.

Adjust  file parameters

Step 4: Save the output files

Now click on the big green “Convert” button, you could set a directory for containing output video files in the “Save to” box when the sidebar pops up.

Set output format

Step 5: Convert VOB files

Click on “Convert” icon on the pop-up sidebar and it will start to convert the VOB files to AVI. After a while, you will get the Sony TV compatible video files. And you can play VOB file on Sony Bravia after conversion.

Set output format

Part 3: How to convert VOB files to play on Sony TV with Handbrake

Except for the powerful Leawo Video Converter, there are also some online and free video converters that can help you play VOB file on Sony Bravia. And HandBrake is one of the most popular programs that can convert VOB files to compatible format for Sony TV. HandBrake is a free and open-source transcode for converting video from nearly any format to other commonly supported format. It supports converting videos in common multimedia formats including but not limited to MKV, MP4, WMV, TS, M2TS, Blu-ray, unencrypted DVD-like files to MP4 or MKV. And moreover, HandBrake is a multi-platform tool which supports Mac, Linux and Windows OS, etc. With HandBrake, you can know how to play VOB files on Sony Bravia by converting VOB to MP4:

Step 1. Start Handbrake and add VOB files to the program

Launch HandBrake, and then click “Folder” or “File” to browse and choose the video file folder or one file for importing. You can also drag-n-drop the target video folder or VOB file to the program.

Set output format

Step 2. Set MP4 as the output format

You can set the output format in the Format option box by choosing MP4 or MKV. Actually, the output format is MP4 by default when you open the program at the first time. Besides, you can also set the presets here.

Set output format

Note: If you need, you can adjust the dimensions, Filters, Video parameters including resolution, video codec, framerate, audio codec, bitrate, and Subtitles, and so on.

Step 3. Set destination path

Click “Browse” at the bottom to choose an output directory for the destination path to save the converted video files.

Set destination directory

Step 4. Start converting VOB to MP4

After all settings are done, you can simply click on the green “Start Encode” button to start converting VOB to MP4. After some time, you will get the output MP4 video in the folder you previously set when the conversion is done.

Set destination directory

The conversion process will take some time which depends on the original video size. If the video file is large, you may wait for longer time.

Set destination directory

Part 4: Compare the solutions to play VOB file on Sony Bravia

Definitely, the two solutions are both commonly used for most of users to play VOB file on Sony Bravia. You can choose either solution to convert VOB to MP4 or supported format on Sony Bravia so that you can play VOB files on Sony TV. Which one would be more suitable for your situation, then? Let’s compare the two solutions.


Leawo Video Converter


Supported OS

Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac

Windows, Mac and Linux

Built-in device presets

Not available

Available for choosing optimized profile

Supported input sources

Video/audio formats including AVI,M4V, FLV, MTS, M2TS, MKV, MP4, AAC, AC3, and other common formats.

Multimedia files and any DVD or Blu-ray sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection.

Supported output sources

Common formats like AVI, MP4, AAC, AC3, etc.

MP4(.M4V) and .MKV

Edit video

Trim, crop, watermark, add effects, remove noise and so on.

Video Filters: denoise, detelecine, grayscale, cropping and scaling, etc.

Batch conversion



Software cost

Free trial
$29.95 for Full version

Free and open source

Part 5: How to import the converted video to Sony TV via USB

Now you may have found how to play VOB file on Sony Bravia after using the software to convert VOB to MP4. Sony Bravia has a USB port which is ready to connect Sony TV to USB devices for playing video files. You’d better be skilled at playing VOB files via USB after the conversion. You should import the converted video to Sony TV via USB. Follow the guide here to make it:

1. Prepare a USB flash drive and connect your USB to your PC. Now transfer the converted files to the USB device.

2. Find the USB port and then connect the USB to the port.

3. Change the Signal Source to USB, and then the Sony TV will automatically read the USB device. Now you can relax and enjoy yourself by watching the converted video files on Sony Bravia.