Apple TV 3 - Easiest way to play .mkv please?

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  1. witters

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    I have a 2012 MacBook with mirroring. I'm assuming that I will not be able to play .mkv files to an Apple TV 3 without a third party software? If that is the case can anyone recommend which software to use please? I have googled this but am more confused now than I was before!!
     
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    ATV is a terrible media player unless you're buying into the whole iTunes/Mac ecosystem. You can use Airplay to get around file compatibility issues but I've heard differing reports on quality of playback.

    Probably the best way (maybe someone who uses one regularly can chime in) is to convert the movies to an apple compatible format (mp4 probably the best bet) using handbrake or perhaps better and quicker to use a tool such as subler to remux the mkv into an apple compatible file.

    Personally I'd buy a cheap media player such as a WDTV that plays most formats, apple make some good stuff but the ATV is not one of them.
     
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    I am buying the ATV3 primarily to watch the NFL through my tv without having to use a hdmi cable. Just though I might as well use it to stream .mkv's as well rather than using a usb drive.
     
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    MKVToMP4 is your solution, import media into iTunes and stream through Homesharing, IVI Pro is an OSX solution that auto imports into iTunes.

    Alternate path, install TVMobili or Serviio on Macbook, on iPhone/iPad install DLNA client (e.g. Skifta) then through that access the media but Airplay it to the AppleTV.
     
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    Buy another streamer would be a better solution, you don't need to suffer Apple's locking down.
     
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    ATV is far too limited in format support. If your streaming from supported ATV services it's not too bad, but if you want to try and get it to play anything slightly off center, then good luck with that.
     
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    Thanks for that. MKV2M4V cost £1.99 and works a treat:)
     
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    MKVToMP4 is free so not sure what you paid for, IVI Pro costs about £7.
     
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    I paid £1.99 on the App store for MKV2M4V.
     

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