How to play m4v on Samsung smart TV through USB drive

How to play m4v on Samsung smart TV? The solution may occur to you as simply dragging the m4v file to your movie drive and stick it to the smart TV’s USB slot and roll, just like what we do with regular movie files. No luck? Because iTunes contents like m4v are not like regular files, they are embedded with DRM protection that prohibits the m4v file from being played on media players other than apple devices and a limited numbers of computers. Samsung smart TV is left in the cold. To play m4v on Samsung smart TV through USB drive, you will need to strip the DRM protection from iTunes m4v and convert it to a regular movie file format supported by Samsung smart TV’s USB drive playback capability.

Method presented below involves video transcoding, if you are not willing to transcode movie, buy an apple TV, which enables your Samsung TV play iTunes content through wireless streaming. If an apple TV is not on your future purchase list, check out the guide to convert iTunes m4v to Samsung smart TV supported file format


Download DRM media converter, the video transcoding tool strips DRM protection from m4v file and convert m4v to Samsung TV supported file formats

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The software is very straightforward, on the primary window, click “add” to import the m4v movie, set output video format as mp4. Then click “start”. The conversion may take time. After the conversion is completed, go to the destination folder and drag the converted video to a USB drive.

You can now watch the iTunes movies like what you do with other regular forms of movies.


Wouldn’t it be simpler if just rename the iTunes m4v files to .mp4?

If the files are not DRM locked, then yes, you can rename the files with mp4 file extension, and some advanced video players like VLC is able to figure out how to play the files. But for purchases and rentals from iTunes, the files are embedded with DRM tech, simply changing the file extension of the file doesn’t make a difference regarding the DRM, movie files stored in the USB drive attached to the TV will still be invisible to the TV’s operating system.

It’s been almost an hour since the conversion started, is it normal for the process to take this long?

It’s possible, DRM media converter have an alternative method when it fails to crack the DRM directly, it will resort to record the video file and save it in the specified format. The alternative method will take as long as the video’s length.

Samsung smart TV supported file formats

Samsung smart TV is very versatile and powerful in handling various video and audio codecs, there are literally little to none file format that are not on the support list of a Samsung smart TV, except for the DRM embedded contents. But if your smart TV set is an relatively order model, when playing MKV files with dts audio, the sound might be missing, Samsung just recently added the dts audio support to boost its smart TV’s audio

Can DRM media converter handle DRM protected music?

Yes, the software handles m4p iTunes music as well as m4b audiobook.

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  1. samsung
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Or you could just rename the file extension to .mp4.

    • Edward
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

      If the m4v files are not itunes movies, yes

  2. ranjiv
    Posted August 4, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks buddy ! I never expected such a straight solution.

  3. adam
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    i put in a m4v in for conversion and it says its a music file when its a movie any help

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