“I own a large collection of movie DVDs. These are conventional pre-recorded DVDs that I purchased in retail stores. I would like to play them on my flat screen HD TV. If I purchase Apple TV (don’t currently own), what additional equipment will I need to be able to play my DVDs through Apple TV?”

Surely, DVD can’t be played on Apple TV 4 directly

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Apple TV 4 Supported Video/Audio File Formats/Codecs

4th Apple TV supports the following video and audio file formats and codecs. Before playing a DVD on Apple TV 4, you’d better make sure that its format is included in the following Apple TV compatible file formats list. If not, a DVD ripper that can convert DVDs to Apple TV 4 playable formats is a necessity.

Apple TV 4 supported video formats:

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

As you can see, Apple TV 4 supported video file formats are very limited, DVD disc or even the decrypted DVD rips can’t be supported by Apple TV 4. Of course, most of you are not about to pay iTunes’ ridiculous prices to watch movies and TV shows you already own on DVD. In this case, how do you watch a DVD on HD TV via Apple TV 4?

AirPlay DVD to Apple TV 4

Step 1. Open iTunes and add the ripped DVD video to iTunes by File -> Add file to library

Step 2. Connect your Mac and Apple TV 4 to the same Wi-Fi.

Step 3. Click AirPlay icon (besides volume slider) and select Apple TV to enable the DVD to Apple TV streaming.

Step 4. And then you can watch DVD on Apple TV 4.

Note: DVD video to Apple TV 4 AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 and superior, OS X Mountain Lion and later. And you still need the DVD disc itself when playback.

Rip DVDs to Apple TV 4 Supported Format

It is annoying but also can be taken as an inflection point to find yourself an applicable DVD software, just rip those DVD discs to an Apple TV 4 friendly format. At this point, we recommend Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac, for its abundant 170+ preloaded profiles, include Apple TV 4/3/2, iPhone 6S/6/5S, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, etc and powerful DVD copy protection removing ability. Therefore, you can backup all the DVDs in your Mac and sync to Apple TV 4 for playback on your HD TV via iTunes any Time. You can also save the ripped DVDs in your hard drive and play on HD TV with a USB cable directly.

For ripping DVD to iTunes for ATV 4 on Windows, please turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper.

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Guide: Rip DVD to Apple TV 4 Supported Format

Step 1. Download Brorsoft DVD Ripper to rip DVD to Apple TV on Windows PC, or Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac to mirror copied DVD movies from Mac to Apple TV 4.

Step 2. Insert DVD into the drive and click “DVD disc” to load the media content. An external DVD drive might be needed for some Macbook.

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Step 3. In the dropdown list of Format menu, you can find several Apple TV options for output.


*Ripping DVD to Apple TV 4 compatible formats works too: MP4 (recommended), MOV and M4V, which can be found in “common video” and “HD video”.

*If you want to add the DVD movie to iTunes for play on iPhone, iPad, iPod, you can also directly select iPhone, iPad, or iPod as the output format to get videos with optimized settings for your iDevices.

Step 4. Click “Convert” button to rip DVD to Apple TV 4 supported format. . Afterwards, transfer the DVD to iTunes and import to Apple TV 4 for watching with ease. There you have it! Now it is time to enjoy your favorite DVD movies with Apple TV 4.

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