How to Play MKV, DivX, AVI and More Video Formats on Your Apple TV

Posted on December 30, 2011 by

We reviewed Air Video a while back and said it was a must-have app for iPad and iPhone, but I’d like to say now that it’s also a must have app for Apple TV. I feel that many people don’t take full advantage of what the Apple TV offers, like using Air Video to AirPlay videos in just about any format (mp4, m4v, mov, avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mpeg, mkv, 3gp, dmf, divx, flv) to your TV. Whether you’ve ripped these videos from a DVD or Blu-ray or downloaded them as a torrent from the web, you can easily stream them wirelessly from your computer to your Apple TV without converting them to the iTunes format first.

If you haven’t used AirPlay to stream videos before, you will be amazed at how great it works. I’ve streamed hours of video using Air Video from both my iPhone and iPad, and besides the video quality looking great, it also uses basically no battery power. After streaming a 2 hour movie from my iPad using AirPlay, it was still at 100% battery. And no, the power was not plugged in.

Another nice feature about using Air Video to stream to your Apple TV is if you need to make some food in the kitchen or use the bathroom, just grab your iPhone or iPad and switch AirPlay off. Your video instantly switches to your device and you can take it with you.

If you don’t have Air Video yet, I highly recommend getting it, especially if you have an Apple TV. It’s available in the App Store for only $2.99. And if you don’t have an Apple TV yet, what are you waiting for? It was the best $99 I ever spent.

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  1. wellbabyjames says:

     I am not computer wizz. I will not jailbreak my apple tv. Air Video
    Server seems hard to me. I finally decided to convert my avi to MPEG-4
    to airplay AVI to Apple TV. I find a detailed guide on how to make the
    things work:videoconverter: How to Successfully AirPlay AVI, MKV, WMV, DivX, MP4, MOV Movie Files to Apple TV?