Best video format for TV - Play unsupported video file on TV

What Video Formats Are Supported In Most Smart TV?

How to play unsupported video and audio on Sony LED TV? What kind of video files can I play on Samsung TV? Why I can't open 4K movies on my Panasonic TV? Read this guide to get answers. You'll enjoy all the video formats on Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic TV, Vizio, Sharp, Philips, etc., TVs.

Best Video Format For TV

A TV is a big entertainment in our daily life. Nowadays it is convenient to put movies on USB flash drive and play on a TV via USB port. Though many companies claims to support all the common formats, somtimes we still encounter TV video playback problems. To solve it, you'd better find a third-party tool to read the video and audio codec by converting your movies to other format, which is compatible with your TV. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate can give you a hand. With this all-in-one video converter, you can convert Blu-ray, DVD, any 4K/1080P/720P movies and 4K/1080P recordings to your TV best playback format with fasest speed.

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    Solution: Convert unsupported format to your TV supported format

    Best video format for LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Vizio TV

    Among many TV brands, LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp and Vizio are prominent. Their Smart TV, 4K TV and 3D TV are popular on the market. And because each TV has its own the most compatible format, people often encounter playback issues for not knowing the limitation.What kind of video files can I play on my TV? Most movie lovers will have this question. So, I will list the supported format of the main brands of TVs: LG TV, Samsung TV, Sony TV, Panasonic TV, Sharp TV, Vizio TV here.

    LG TV supported video playback file type & codec

    Extension Media Codec
    Video H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, HEVC
    Audio AAC, MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3)
    . asf
    . wmv
    Video VC-1 Advanced Profile (WMVA excluded), VC-1 Simple and Main Profiles
    Audio WMA Standard (WMA v1/WMA Speech excluded), WMA 9 Professional
    Video DivX3.11, DivX4, DivX5, DivX6, XViD (except 3 warp-point GMC), H.264/AVC, Motion Jpeg, MPEG-4
    Audio MPEG-1 Layer I, II, MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3), Dolby Digital, LPCM, ADPCM, DTS
    Video H.264/AVC, MPEG-4
    Audio AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB
    Video H.264/AVC, MPEG-2, HEVC
    Audio MPEG-1 Layer I, II, MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3), Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC, PCM
    Video MPEG-1, MPEG-2
    Audio MPEG-1 Layer I, II, MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3)
    mkv Video MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, VP8, VP9, HEVC
    Audio Dolby Digital, PCM, DTS, MPEG-1 Layer I, II, MPEG-1 Layer III (MP3), AAC
    vob Video MPEG-1, MPEG-
    Audio Dolby Digital, MPEG-1 Layer I, II, DVD-LPCM

    Video RV30, RV40
    Audio Realaudio6(cook), AAC LC, HE-AAC

    Best playback format from USB - H.264 MP4

    Playing video files - warning

    We do not support any stream that contains GMC (Global Motion Compensation) or Qpel (Quarterpel Motion Estimation).

    [Supports only ULTRA HD model] ULTRA HD Video: 3840 X 2160

    ATTENTION: Your ULTRA HD TV may not support HEVC encoded contents that are not officially supplied by LG.

    Unsupported codecs are only available after a software upgrade.

    Extension Media Codec
    .mkv / .mp4 / .ts Video H.264/AVC, HEVC
      Audio Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC, HE-AAC
  • File size limit is dependent on the encoding environment.
  • Works only if above is a version of Windows Media Audio V7.
  • Does not support AAC Main Profile.
  • Video files created by some encoders may not be played back.
  • Video files in formats other than the ones specified here may not be played back.
  • Playback of video files stored on the USB storage device that do not support High Speed,may not work properly.
  • TV supports DTS audio codec when USB/HDMI video file playback offers it.
  • The VP9 video codec may not be supported depending on the model.

  • Samsung TV Supported Formats - 2019

    Container Video Codec Resolution Frame Rate
    Bit Rate
    Audio Codec
    H.264 BP/MP/HP 4096x2160 4096x2160: 30
    3840X2160: 60
    60 AC3
    G.711(A-Law, μ-Law)
    HEVC (H.265 Main 10) 3840x2160 60 80
    Motion JPEG 30
    MVC 1920x1080 60 20
    Window Media Video 9 (VC-1)
    Microsoft MPEG-4 version 1/2/3 30
    Window Media Video 7 (WMV1)/8 (WMV2)
    H.263 Sorenson
    *.webm WebM VP8 60 Vorbis
    VP9 (Profile 0/2) 3840x2160 3840X2160: 60 80
    *.rmvb RMVB RV8/9/10 (RV30/40) 1920x1080 60 20 RealAudio 6

    Best format for watching on Samsung TV via a USB - H.264 MP4

    General Limitations
  • Media with errors cannot be played with some codecs.
  • Media cannot be played if the file is corrupted or the information in the container is wrong.
  • Media with higher bit or frame rate than specifications can cause video or audio playback to stall.
  • Seek (jump) function is not supported if the index table is corrupted.
  • Network streaming content playback can be choppy, depending on network status.
  • Some USB and digital camera devices can be incompatible with the player.
  • Video Decoder Limitations
  • H.264 FHD: Level 4.1 supported (FMO/ASO/RS not supported).
  • H.264 UHD: Level 5.1 supported.
  • HEVC FHD: Level 4.1 supported.
  • HEVC UHD: Level 5.1 supported.
  • HEVC 8K : Level 6.1 supported. (8K only)
  • HEVC: Supported only for MKV/MP4/TS containers.
  • VC-1 AP L4: Not supported.
  • GMC 2 and higher: Not supported.
  • MVC: Partially supported.
  • Audio Decoder Limitations
  • WMA 1 : Not supported.
  • WMA 9 Pro: Lossless and Voice not supported.
  • WMA 10 Pro: 5.1 channel supported.
  • RealAudio 10: Lossless not supported on target devices for China and Hong Kong.
  • QCELP and AMR NB/WB: Not supported.
  • Vorbis: 5.1 channel supported.
  • DD+: 5.1 channel supported.
  • Sampling rates 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz supported, depending on codec.
  • Important : The DTS Audio codec is not supported on 2019 TVs. For smooth playback, if a DTS Audio track is part of your manifest, make sure other audio tracks can be selected.

    Sony TV Supported File Formats for USB - 2019

    Legend: O = Supported; X = Not Supported

    Category File Type File Extension USB
    Video MPEG-1 .mpg O
    MPEG-2 (PS, TS) .mpg, .m2t O
    MPEG-2, AVCHD .m2ts, .mts O
    MPEG-4 (Part 2, 10), MP4 .mp4 O
    DivX SD (Home Theater profile 3.0) .divx, .avi O
    Xvid .avi O
    WMV, Asf .asf, .wmv O
    DivX HD .divx, .avi X
    OGG .ogv X
    3gpp/3gpp2 .3gp, .3g2 X
    DivX HD plus, MKV .mkv X
    RealMedia .rm, .rmvb X
    MOV .mov X
    FLV .flv X
    MVC .mvc X

    Note: Not all files are guaranteed to play.

    Best video format for Sony TV - H.264 MP4

    Sharp TV Supported Video Formats - 2019

    File extension Container Video decoder Audio decoder frame rate(fps) bit rate Mbps)
    *.mp4 MP4 Xvid
    MP3/Dolby Digital 30 8
    H.264 30 20
    H.265 30 30
    *.avi AVI Xvid
    MP3/Dolby Digital 30 8
    H.264 30 20
    MPEG2 30 8
    *.mkv MKV H.264 MP3/Dolby Digital 30 20
    MPEG-2 30 8
    MPEG-1 30 8
    H.265 30 30
    *.vob VOB MPEG2 MP3/Dolby Digital 30 20
    *.mpg/*.mpeg PS MPEG2 MP3/Dolby Digital 30 20
    MPEG1 30 20
    *.rm/*.rmvb RM RM codec(RV 8/9/10) Real Audio 30 10
    *.ts/*.trp/*.tp TS H.264 MP3/Dolby Digital 30 20
    MPEG2 30 20
    *.dat DAT MPEG2 MP3/Dolby Digital 30 8
    MPEG1 30 8

    Best video format for Sharp TV - H.264/H.265 MP4


  • Progressive format jpeg files are not supported.
  • USB 1.1 devices may not be played properly.
  • Operation using USB hubs is not guaranteed.
  • Some file formats in the above list may not be played back correctly (including images, sounds, subtitles, etc.).
  • Depending on the bit rate, some files may not be played back.
  • Some subtitles may not be displayed correctly and this may affect the TV operation.
  • For the partition of USB hard disk or the compatibility of USB cable, the USB hard disk may not be able to recognized. Some of external USB hard disk may not be able to recognized.
  • Only show the compatible file format.
  • According to different files the displayed playback time may be sightly different from the actual.
  • The length of time information may not be displayed correctly in some files.

  • Panasonic Media Player Support Formats - 2019

    Extension Codec
    Video Audio
    avi MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visual MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3(MP3), Linear PCM
    mkv MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visual MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3, Linear PCM, AAC, HE-AAC
    Asf/wmv MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visual, VC-1 Advanced, VC-1, Simple & Main MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3, WMA Standard, WMA9/10Pro
    Ts/mts MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visua MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3, HE-AAC
    Mp4 MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visua MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3, AAC, HE-AAC
    3gp MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visua AAC, HE-AAC
    mov MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Visua MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3, Linear PCM, AAC, HE-AAC
    Flv/f4v MPEG4 AVC/H.264 MPEG-1/2 Audio, Layer-3, AAC, Linear PCM

    Best playback video format for Panasonic TV - H.264 MP4

  • Maximum size per one file is 2 GB.
  • Some files may not be played back even if their formats are supported as described here.
  • Files protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) cannot be played back.
  • Make sure that both audio codec and video codec are supported. If the audio codec of motion picture file is incompatible in format, the pictures may not be correctly displayed. In addition, files which contain only audio cannot be played back.
  • Playback is not possible if the maximum bit rate specified in the codec Profile or Level is exceeded. Also, depending on the USB memory device, playback may be impossible even if the bit rate is less than the indicated maximum bit rate.

  • Vizio TV Supported Formats - 2019

    Only H.265/HEVC MP4 and H.264 MP4


  • You must have a USB flash drive that is formatted in either FAT or FAT32
  • Use a USB drive that is 8GB or less
  • Make sure that the file is Vizio TV USB port readable file format
  • Reduce the number of files on the drive being used
  • Reduce the size of the file (if possible)
  • Try multiple files of the same format to verify that the initial file was not corrupted
  • If you turn the TV off, you will need to remove the USB flash drive and reinsert it for the TV to recognize that there is a USB drive present.

    Problems about TV can't play movies via USB

    Hi, I failed on playing the 4K H.265 (.mkv) movies on my Sony TV. What's wrong with it? Should I install a new media player onto my TV? If you have a solution, please let me know as soon as possible.

    I'm a travel enthusiast. I shoot some 4K material with my GoPro Hero 8 last week, the video format is MP4. Why my Sharp TV can't recognize it? I learned from the instructions that it can play the video in MP4 format. Did I do anything wrong?

    "Video Codec Not Supported On LG TV". How to solve this problem?

    I cannot get any Sound when playing a .MP4 video on my new Sharp 55 inch TV. Plug in USB stick having mp4 video into TV USB port. Changed input source to Media. Select option Movie on screen. Picture shows OK, but no sound. Click Volume up and verify remote is not set to muted. TV manual states .MP4 is a compatible format for Sharp TV. Anybody encountered this issue?

    Panasonic TV USB format failed. My TV can't read my movies from USB flash drive, why?

    Highly unlikely that H.265 will be added to existing TV's due to a multiple of reasons. One most likely is the hardware requirements - unless hardware accelerated decoding/playback, it will consume too much processing power. Unlike other electronic products, you can't install software into your TV. That is, you can't fix the problem by installing the media player.

    Solutio: Convert unsupported format to your TV supported format

    Generally, almost all the TVs supports MP4 format, but it should be encoded with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec. If your Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, Sharp, LG, etc., TV failed to recognize your downloaded movies, you can apply a simple video conversion application Acrok Video Converter Ultimate to help to transcode incompatible codec contains in MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, WMV format to your TV acceptable H.264/MPEG-4 AVC MP4 format. With the program's beneficial customization tool, you can easily adjust the output file size, frame rate to perfectly fit on your TV. Besides MP4, the software has a codec pack that enables conversion between different video and audio file formats, it can convert Blu-ray, DVD, MXF, MTS to any TV supported file format with the best quality.

    Free download Acrok Video Converter Ultimate

    If you are a Mac user, please turn to Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, which has the same function with the Windows version. After download, you just have this great TV video converter installed on your computer. Then, follow the guide below to play any formats on your TV smoothly.

    How to convert downloaded movies to your TV playable format?


    Add movies

    Install an run Acrok Video Converter Ultimate as the TV Format Converter. Click "Add file" icon to load your video sources. You can play the loaded videos by the right preview window.

    Acrok Video Converter Ultimate - Best Video Converter for TV


    Choose your TV supported format

    Different models can support different output formats, but generally speaking most TV can support to play H.264. As we know H.264 MP4 is a common format and supported by most electronic devices widely. So you can choose H.264 as the output format or you can choose one output format as per your manual. So you can click "Format" > "Common Video" or "HD Video" to choose MP4 as output format.

    Convert video to MP4 for playing on TV

    Of course, you can also choose the output format according to your TV brand. You can choose Samsung, Vizio, Sony, Sharp, LG, Panasonic TV supported format. For example, you are a Samsung smart TV user, please chose "HDTV" > "Samsung HDTV Video (*.mp4)".

    TV Format Converter - Convert any format to H.264 MP4


    Customize output profile parameters

    Click "Settings" to open Settings window. you can adjust the output video codec as H.264, file resolution as "Orginal" or 1920*1080, frame rate as 60fps, etc for the best playing effects on your TV.


    Start video conversion

    The last step is to click the "Convert" button to start the video to H.264 MP4 conversion immediately. The progress bar will show you how much time is left for the conversion. Generally, it won't take much a long time if the source video files are not too large. After the conversion, get the MP4 videos in the destination folder and it's done.


    With people's high demand on visual effect TV, especially 4K OLED TV, are going into thousands of families. People are getting picky when downloading videos or audios from internet due to TV compatibility. With the help of Acrok Video Converter Ultimate you don't need to worry the video format compatibility anymore and you can download any video format and then play on your TV via USB freely.

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