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Featured with a powerful A4 chip, Apple TV plays everything effortlessly, without frozen screens or stutters. It gives us access to everything we want to see and hear – blockbuster movies, TV shows, our music and photos, even news and sports.

The Apple TV enables us stream all of our favorite movies and TV shows live or on demand. But when we playback some downloaded AVI videos on our HDTV via Apple TV, we may found that it’s hard to accomplish this only because iTunes won’t allow AVI to added to the library.

So, in this article, we’ll introduce you two simple methods to successfully and easily stream AVI video files on HDTV via Apple TV. But first of all, let’s get a general idea of what video formats Apple TV supported.


Apple TV Compatible Video Formats:

  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

Method 1: Play AVI on Apple TV with aTV Flash

ATV Flash is a software package that supercharges your new Apple TV, unleashing a plethora of new functionality. Don’t worry about the technical details – aTV Flash (black) is simple to use and safe for your Apple TV. Just follow the instructions to install it on your Apple TV. Then you’ll be able to play .AVI files on your Apple TV.

But majority of us will probably at some point to watch these AVI videos on other Apple devices such as iPod, iPad, or iPhone 4S etc. So, under this condition, Method 2 – re-encoding AVI to iTunes MPEG4, would be better for us.

Method 2: Play AVI on Apple TV with AVI to Apple TV Converter

With AVI to Apple TV converter, we can convert AVI to iTunes supported MP4/MOV/M4V video formats for playback on Apple TV. Below are the two best AVI to Apple TV Converter tools that were well welcomed on the market now. Read on to find which one suits you best.

◆ Handbrake (Windows/OS X): HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. But with handbrake it takes way too long and would be impossible to convert 100′s of movies & TV shows. However, its main function however is DVD ripping.     Visit Developer’s Site

◆ Video Converter (Windows/OS X): Enolsoft Video Converter is a professional video converting program to convert between all popular video formats - including HD videos, as well as extract soundtracks from video files and then convert to popular audio formats. By taking advantage of its optimized presets for portable devices, users are able to convert all their favorite videos to iPad 2, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPod, Apple TV, Galaxy Tab, Xoom and PlayBook etc.


Download Now (For Mac)         Download Now (For Windows)         Visit Developer’s Site

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3 Responses to Tips to Play AVI on Apple TV

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very informative post. Thanks http://www.enolsoft.com for taking the time to share your view with us.

  2. Fons says:


    This application is also a very good option.

    Drag, Drop, Watch

    Drag any movie file onto Beamer and it will start streaming wirelessly to your TV with Apple TV instantly. No jailbreak required.
    No Conversion Needed

    Beamer plays all (OK, almost all) movie files, so you don’t need to convert your videos. AVI, MOV, MKV, MP4, WMV and FLV files will play just fine.

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