This article is a tutorial for using VLC media player to play DVD movies on Apple TV 4, three method involved: Local Network, Remote Playback or Network Stream.


VLC on the Apple TV allows you to get access to all your files and video streams in their native formats without conversions, directly on Apple TV 4. You will get every feature and format support you are used to in VLC, and a few Apple TV specific features. VLC on the Apple TV is fully free and open source, why not watch DVD on Apple TV by using VLC?


1. While VLC will play any video you can throw at it, AC3 audio support for .avi files doesn’t seem to be working. If you try to play a file in this format, you’ll be able to see the video, but it won’t have any sound. All the other video formats that I’ve tried, including .mkv, .mp4 and .mov files, work just fine.

2. VLC for Apple TV requires tvOS 9.0 or later. It runs on the fourth genseration Apple TV. Previous devices are not supported.

Rip DVD for Apple TV

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How to Use VLC to Watch Ripped DVD on Apple TV 4

There are three basic ways to get VLC on Apple TV to play your ripped DVD videos: Local Network, Remote Playback or Network Stream. You’ll need some sort of media server, like Plex, for the first one, a web browser for the second, and a web or FTP server for the third. Let’s take a look at each in order.

Local Network

Use your own media server to watch on Apple TV.

VLC supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) media servers ( like Plex) and FTP servers running on your local network. Just transfer the ripped DVD videos to your Plex media server.


Launch VLC on your Apple TV, swipe left to go to the “Local Network” tab, and you’ll see your server there. Just click through to your movies and they should play without effort. What’s great here is that if your server doesn’t support certain file formats, VLC should be able to.

Remote Playback

Use your web browser to get videos over to your Apple TV.

If you’re not keen on running a server off your Mac, then the next best option is to use VLC’s remote playback function.


Swipe over to the Remote Playback tab at the top of the VLC screen on your Apple TV, and then you’ll see the screen above. Click on the Enable Remote Playback button and you’ll get two addresses, one with your local IP address ( above) and one with the more easily read local network address (http://Living-Room.local above). Type either into your web browser and you’ll get a web page that lets you drag and drop videos into it to watch on the big screen.

Simply drag your ripped DVD movie files to the web page on your Mac, and — after a quick load — they’ll start playing on your Apple TV via VLC. Exciting!

Network Stream

Stream ripped DVD movies from Dropbox, web servers, and FTP servers on the internet.

If you’ve got an FTP or web server out there on the internet, you can use VLC to watch ripped DVD you might have stored there, such as Dropbox and Google Drive.


If you know the URL of your ripped DVD videos, swipe over to the “Network Stream” tab in VLC for Apple TV and type it in. It’s tedious if it’s a long URL (I’m looking at you, Dropbox!), but once you’ve typed it in correctly, VLC will keep the last several URLs in there for you, which means you only have to do it once for each specific file.

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