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Unable to Stream and Play MKV files on Android TV? A Quick Fix

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Compared with its predecessor Google TV, Android TV grants various apps, like HBO Now, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, NBA Game Time helping watchers enjoy blockbuster movies, TV shows, NBA Playoffs in your home screen. If you have lots of MKV files and an Android TV, chances are you want to play MKV files on Android TV. When you try to do this, you may encounter problems quoted as below:

"No audio for some mkv files on Sony Android TV - I have two movie files, both mkv that play ok on my computer in the Plex player but when I play them on the Sony Android TV in the Plex app - there is no sound..."

"Why my Android TV app plays some mkv files and some not?"

"Unable to stream MKVs on Android TV - Hi all, I've checked in with google and MKVs are supposed to be supported for Android TV. I've updated and it's still not working. Wondering if anyone is running into the same issue."

As you see, the problem with MKV is, when you plan to play the MKV files on Android TV, you may be able to do this, but may be unable to. So what's the matter? Well, an MKV is just a container format, holding video, audio, image or subtitle files in it. The video and audio files in different MKV files can be encoded with different codecs. For example, an MKV file with DTS audio can't be rendered on Android TV and Plex. In a case like this, you have to make audio stream in MKV files compatible with your Android TV and Plex. It sounds a bit complicated. Actually, it's very easy as long as you transcode the MKV files to a fully compatible format with Android TV.

In fact, with the right program, you can get all done easily and quickly. Here EaseFab Video Converter is one of the best choices of converting MKV files for Android TV. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can do batch conversion from MKV, VOB, AVI, FLV, and more to Android TV supported video formats with fast speed and excellent output video quality. Besides that, the program provides optimized preset for almost all popular multimedia devices and game consoles incluing but not limited to Sony TV, Samsung TV, LG TV, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android tablet/smartphone, Xbox One, PS4/PS3, etc.

Playing MKV files on Android TV with this program is simple as ABC. After downloading, follow the wizard to install and run the program. Then follow the steps below to encode MKV files to Android TV playable video in a few clicks! The below guide takes Video Converter for Windows (Windows 10 compatible) screenshots for example. If you are a Mac user, you can turn to EaseFab Video Converter for Mac (El Capitan compatible), which has the same function as the Windows version.

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Convert MKV Files and then Play on Android TV

Step 1. Load MKV videos

This application allows you to import your MKV files in two different ways. You can either click the "Add Video"button to browse your local directory or you can simply choose to drag-and-drop your local MKV videos onto the program.

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Step 2. Choose the optimized format for Android TV

Now click the Profile icon to reveal output panel. And and mouse cursor to TV and Players category to Select Sony TV as the output format. The optimized output format will contains the best video settings for playback on your Sony Bravia Android TV.

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Tip: Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.

Step 3. Start the MKV to Android TV conversion

Hit the Convert button to start converting MKV files to Android TV. Once the conversion is finished, you will be able to get the output files for Android TV via clicking on "Open" button effortlessly.

Now you can get a perfect experience when streaming and playing MKV files on Android TV. You're done! Hope this article helps.