If you buy a Sony Android Smart TV, you may be able to use it to play your favorite movies that you have downloaded or copied from your PC. You have probably tried to play the 4K or 1080P MKV files on your Sony Android TV this at some time. But strangely, some MKV files work and some just don't seem to be playable on the Sony Android TV, such as Z9J, A95K, A90J, A80K, A80J, X95K, X95J, X90K, X90J, Z9G, Z8H, A9G, A8H, A8G, X95H, etc. So what's the matter? Does Sony Android TV support MKV video format from USB? What if Sony Android TV failed to play a MKV file? Keep on reading to find the reason and an easy solution to fix the error.
Why Some Certain MKV Files Not Playing on Sony Android TV
If your Sony Android TV does support video playback from USB, the main factor that affects your ability to watch a particular video is the file format. You will need to consult the user manual or promotional material for the particular set to see which formats it supports. Formats which are supported on many sets include H.263, H.264 AVC,H.265 HEVC, MPEG-4 SP, VP8, VP9 (4K TV only), WMV, VP6 and MJPEG, though it's common for a particular set to support only some of this list.
Though Sony Android TV claims to support a wide range of video and audio formats, MKV not playing error on Sony Android TV also comes up from time to time. Actually, it can be caused by various reasons as below.
1. It might be an issue of USB or digital camera devices, which are not compatible with your Sony Android TV.
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2. Your MKV files contains some codecs that is not supported by Sony Android TV.
3. Some Sony Android TV sets will only play a MKV file if it is at a specific resolution or within a particular range of resolutions.
4. Even if you are using the correct formats, you may still run into problems with watching videos from a particular USB drive. For example, you may have to format the drive to a particular file system such as FAT, FAT32 or NTFS.
- Convert MKV to MP4 or any formats that Sony Android TV can recognize
All these limitations for the MKV video format for Sony Android TV USB port playback mean you may need to convert or re-encode some video files to watch them on your Sony Android TV. And broadly speaking, MKV format/codec incompatibity lies in the major cause of Sony Android TV not playing MKV movies. For that, converting MKV format/codec to Sony Android TV could get everything done.
To finish the MKV to Sony Android TV task, you can adopt Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (Windows Version | Mac Version) for help. This MKV Format Converter spells simplicity, efficiency and quality. With it, you can easily do batch conversion from MKV, AVI, VOB, TiVo, MOV, WMV, FLV and more mainstream video formats to Sony Android TV supported file formats. As for the video quality, don't worry too much. With the constantly updated conversion algorithm and the advanced High Quality Engine, it guarantees you the output video with up to 98% quality reserved, wrinkles or freckles in image still clear enough to count.
Tutorial: How to Transcode MKV to Sony Android TV supported file
The step-by-step guide is almost the same on PC and Mac. Here we will take Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Windows as the example.
Add MKV Video
After downloading, install and run Acrok MKV to Android TV Converter on your PC or Mac, simply drag and drop your MKV files to the software. You can also click "Add File" button to load your source files. Batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one MKV file to save time. If you collected some classic Blu-ray movies on your shelf, you can use this software to copy these movies to your mobile hard disk, or directly convert them into a common video format for easier playback in the future.
Set Output Format
Click "Format" bar and move mouse cursor to "Common Video" category and select H.264 MP4 Video (*.mp4) as the output format. Of course, if your TV supports 4K video playback you can select 4K format as output format too. You can get 4K MP4, 4K MOV under "4K Video" category.
Start Converting MKV Movies
Click the "Output" bar to set a destination folder if necessary. Finally, hit the big blue "Convert" button to finish MKV to Sony Android TV conversion.
After the conversion is over, you can freely enjoy your MKV movies or videos on your Sony Android TV via USB without any trouble.