Can Samsung TV Play MP4 Files? - Samsung Geeks
Samsung Geeks | On 18, Nov 2016
It’s a question many of you are asking: Can Samsung TV Play MP4 files? Well, the quick answer is yes, they can. But it’s not entirely straightforward.
Samsung’s range of TVs are some of the most popular and well-received available on today’s market. Having shelled out considerable amounts of hard-earned cash on brand new, top-of-the-range TVs by Samsung, some customers were understandably agitated when they got it home and came to the realisation that it struggles with MP4 files. Many of those effected reported having no issues with MP4 playback on other devices, but Samsung TV is having none of it. So what’s this all about, and can Samsung TV play MP4 files, or is any effort just a massive waste of time?
Can Samsung TV Play MP4 Files?
The issue is at a very basic level. Samsung TVs themselves are compatible with MP4 files, as their adverts and packaging state, but it’s what’s inside the MP4 that they have trouble with.
MP4 is something of an umbrella term, and can contain a variety of different video and audio codecs within the file. Samsung TV only supports MP4 in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video codec ad AAC audio codec, and if the codecs within the MP4 file you want to play don’t meet these specifics, there will be an issue with playback.
That’s the issue in a nutshell, and thankfully, it’s not an unsolvable one. There is a surprisingly simple solution you can turn to, and you’ll soon be watching your MP4s in crystal clarity.
How to get your Samsung TV to play MP4 files
Perhaps not the kind of tool you use on a daily basis, but when a need for them does crop up, conversion tools are unbeatable. You may have fiddled with an online converter with music files or unreadable photos.
They are a really simple solution, almost always free and don’t require registration or sign-ups – just click and go! There are a number of converters that translate troublesome files directly into a format readable by Samsung TV.
The Pavtube Video converter is one of the easiest tools to use. You can get a free trial here.
Some will present you with the additional choices to optimise the quality of the output, and perhaps make some basic edits, such as track length and title. Once you’ve stuck the MP4 through the converter, it’ll come out the other side ready and raring to be played.
Although it’s definitely questionable as to why Samsung allowed MP4 playback to be so difficult, it is reassuring that there are simple and free solutions to the issue, and that the money put into a new Samsung TV won’t be money lost. If you’re still wondering which Samsung TV is right for you, check out our look at the best TVs by Samsung vs. LG, and stay tuned here at Samsung Geeks for all the latest technology hacks and news from Samsung.