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How to Stream MKV files over DLNA

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Is is possible to stream MKV over DLNA? Some people claim they can successfully play MKV videos on HDTV via DLNA, while other can't. What's the matter? Does DLNA support the MKV format? In fact, MKV is not one of the media options that are categorized because it's not a sanctioned format (not like WMV, MPEG, etc.). Besides, MKV is a container format, holding different types and unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks in one file. While MV, MPEG is more or less complete formats so they know what to expect while with MKV's you really can't tell without checking the contents itself. That's the reason why people usually feel frustrated when they try to stream and play an MKV file over DLNA.

To make MKV files compliant with DLNA, the best way is to convert MKV to DLNA sanctioned formats, e.g. H.264 .mp4. The following guide tells you how to convert MKV to H.264 MP4 video with AAC audio included with a professional yet easy-to-use Video Converter. With it, you can easily change any video including MKV, VOB, TiVo, AVI, MOV, and more to DLNA compatible video files with fast encoding speed and excellent output quality. If you're using a Mac, please turn to Video Converter for Mac, which has the same function as the Windows version. Now download the right program and follow the step-by-step guide to convert MKV for streaming over DLNA successfully.

Free download the MKV to DLNA Converter trial version:

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How to convert MKV to DLNA supported video format

Step 1. Add MKV videos

Run the Video Converter and drag & drop your MKV files to the program, or click "Add Video" button to locate the MKV files you want to add. (Note: batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.)

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Step 2. Choose output format

The best format for DLNA streaming is MPEG-4 files. In the Profile tray, switch to Common Video category, and choose MP4 Video as the output format.

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Useful Tips: Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters. As for DLNA streaming, select a proper bitrate and resolution based on your WLAN bandwidth.

Step 3. Start converting MKV for DLNA

Click the Convert button at the bottom-right corner of the interface to convert the MKV file to DLNA compliant H.264 MP4 videos. This Video Converter will finish the conversion in just a few minutes.

After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button and then stream MKV via DLNA to other media devices for sharing.

What's DLNA

DLNA, stands for 'Digital Living Network Alliance', is an industry-wide standard for sharing data over a home network. Depending on the DLNA-compatible devices you own, you might be able to stream films from your laptop to your TV, play an MP3 stored on your phone over your hi-fi system, or print a photo from your tablet on your home printer.

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