[TV File Formats] Video/Audio Formats for 3D/4K/HD TV Listed

For home users, it seems to be an essential trend to enjoy movies, videos and music on a bigger screen TV with high resolution which can handle media playback well. To prevent you from playing some materials on TV with format or codec incompaitibility issues, here we will give a thorough list of Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Vizio, Sharp TV file formats of video and audio for your reference. Whether you're venturing out to buy your first flat-screen TV or adding one to your TV collection, this will be your great suggestions to help you get better know about 3D/4K/HD TV formats.

TV supported format

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List of HD TV (Samsung/Sony/LG/Panasonic) File Formats

In the following, let's learn details of video/audio format for Samsung/Sony/LG/Panasonic TVs. Maybe there are some differences of their supported format between different TV models.

1. Samsung TV

In general, Samsung TVs can support the following formats without any issues:

avi/mp4/mpg/vro/vob/DivX/XviD/Mpeg2/Mpeg4

Supported File Types for 2015 4K SUHD TV

Video Resolution and Codecs:

Samsung TV video format

Audio Formats and Codecs:

Samsung TV audio format

Image Formats and Resolutions:

Samsung TV image format

Restrictions:

Video Decoders

  • H.264 FHD is supported up to Level 4.1. FMO/ASO/RS are not supported.
  • H.264 UHD is supported up to Level 5.1.
  • HEVC FHD is supported up to Level 4.1, and HEVC UHD is supported up to Level 5.1.
  • VC1 AP L4 is not supported.
  • All video codecs excluding WMV v7, v8, MSMPEG4 v3, MVC, and VP6:
  • Below 1280x720: 60 frame max
  • Above 1280x720: 30 frame max
  • GMC 2 or above is not supported.
  • Supports SVAF Top/Bottom. Side by Side, and Left/Right view sequence type (2ES) only.
  • Supports BD MVC specs only.
  • Codecs may not function properly if there is a problem with the content.
  • Video content does not play or does not play correctly if there is an error in the content or container.
  • Sound or video may not work if they have standard bit rates/frame rates above the TV’s compatibility ratings.
  • If the Index Table is has an error, the Seek (Jump) function will not work.
  • When playing video over a network connection, the video may not play smoothly because of data transmission speeds.
  • Some USB/digital camera devices may not be compatible with the TV.
  • HEVC codec is only available in MKV/MP4/TS containers.

Audio Decoders

  • WMA 10 Pro supports up to 5.1 channels. Supports up to the M2 profile. WMA lossless audio is not supported.
  • QCELP and AMR NB/WB are not supported.
  • Vorbis is supported for up to 2 channels.
  • Dolby Digital Plus is supported for up to 5.1 channels.
  • The DTS LBR codec is only available for MKV / MP4 /TS containers.
  • The supported sample rates are 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 KHz, and differ by the codec.

2. Sony TV

You can enjoy video, audio and image files on your TV from USB or DLNA devices. See the chart below for supported file formats:

  • Use the DLNA feature to access media files over home network from other DLNA enabled devices, such as a PC or PlayStation3 system.
  • Enjoy media files from a USB device, such as a digital camera, MP3 player, or USB storage device, connected to the USB input on the TV.

Supported File Formats for DLNA and USB Compatible Sony TVs

Legend:

O = Supported
X = Not Supported

Category File Type File Extension DLNA USB
Video MPEG-1 .mpg, .mpe, .mpeg O O
MPEG-2 PS .mpg, .mpe, .mpeg O O
MPEG-2 TS .mpg, .m2t, .mpe, .mpeg O O
AVC (MPEG-4 part 10), MPEG-2 TS .m2ts, .mts O O
AVC (MPEG-4 part 10), MP4 .mp4 O O
MPEG-4 Visual (MPEG-4 part 2), MP4 .mp4 O O
DivX SD (Home Theater profile 3.0) .divx, .avi X X
Xvid .avi X X
WMV (9/VC1), Asf .asf, .wmv O O
DivX HD .divx, .avi X X
OGG .ogv X X
3gpp/3gpp2 .3gp, .3g2 X X
DivX HD plus, MKV .mkv X X
RealMedia .rm, .rmvb X X
MOV .mov X X
FLV .flv X X
MVC .mvc X X
Music LPCM .wav O1 O
MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3 .mp3 O O
WMA (9), Asf .wma O O
- .aac X X
Image JPEG .jpg, .mpo O2,3 O2
PNG .png X X
RAW (Sonyα) .arw4 O O

Notes:

USB supported file systems are FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and exFAT. Files larger than 4GB are only supported when using the exFAT file system. Not all files are guaranteed to play.

1: Raw file with no extension is supported.
2: Supported for DCF2.0/Exif 2.21 (YCbCr 4:4:4 is not in this specification).
3: MPO file type is not supported.
4: This is a new format for Sony α-series cameras. A JPEG thumbnail image is incorporated in the .arw format and displayed when viewing on a TV.

3. LG TV

LG TV claims to play MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid via the USB port.

What Formats Does an LG LED TV Support by USB

Video File Formats

LG LED TV USB inputs support all ranges of video formats provided by your satellite, antenna or cable provider as well as Blu-ray or DVD players connected to the TV. To play videos directly from a USB flash drive connected to a USB port on a LED TV, the video should be in DivX HD format. Depending on the model, the TV may support DivX 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Audio File Formats

Using the USB port, you can play songs and other digital audio files directly on an LG LED TV. The TVs support several audio file types, through a USB connection, including the AAC and MP3 formats, which are commonly associated with song files. It also supports AC3 Dolby Digital files, EAC3, HE-AAC, MPEG, PCM and DTS.

Subtitles

To accompany the supported video formats, LG LED TVs support an array of subtitle formats supported by the video formats. Supported subtitle formats include the SMI, SRT, SUB formats that can be generated by the MicroDVD and SubViewer 1 and 2 programs, the ASS, SSA and TXT formats that can be generated by TMPlayer and the PSB file format that can be generated by PowerDivX.

Aspect Ratios and Zoom

LG LED TVs offer a variety of picture formats, also known as aspect ratios. The 16:9 format displays the picture in a widescreen format while the 4:3 format displays the picture in a standard resolution; the Just Scan reduces the overall size of the native image by 1 percent to 2 percent so you can see the full image; the Zoom format zooms in on the center of the picture, cropping the outer edges; the Set By Program format displays the picture in its native resolution; and Cinema Zoom increases the size of the picture proportional to the screen.

4. Panasonic TV

Generally, Panasonic TV supports AVCHD 3D/Progressive, SD-VIDEO/MotionJPEG (Lumix)/MKV/MP4/MOV/M4v/FLV/3GPP/VRO/VOB/TS/PS, MP3/AAC/FLAC, JPEG/MPO, etc.

Panasonic VIERA TV supported movie/music/photo format

Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on Panasonic VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV. Applicable formats vary depending on the model.

Panasonic TV supported format

List of 3D TV File Formats

3D TV formats span from the Side-by-Side 3D as used by DirecTV and Sony's PlayStation Top/Bottom 3D, to the latest Blu-ray 3D format.

List of 4K TV File Formats

Here we go for a rough 4K TV formats overview from Sony and check what 4K file format can be converted for playback on 4K TVs like Samsung, LG and Sony.

What video formats can be played on Sony 4K TVs

Container Extension Container Extension
MPEG1 *.mpg / *.mpe / *mpeg AVI *.avi
MPEG2 *.mpg / *.mpe / *.mts/ *.m2t/ *.m2ts ASF *.asf / *.wmv
MP4 *.mp4 MKV *.mkv
WebM *.webm 3GPP *.3gp / *.3g2
RealMedia *.rm / *rmbv / *.rv MOV *.mov

Other Popular TV Supported Formats

1. Philips TV

Please find attached an overview of all supported CODEC's in our model numbers. Now not only for Philips TV but also for HTS (HTSxxxx) and Blu-ray (BDPxxxx) players.

Codec_table_all.xls
Codec_table_all.pdf

2. Vizio LED Smart TV/4K TV

The video formats supported by each model of Vizio TV differ from other models, but most of models of Vizio TV prefer H.264 video and AAC audio. Besides Vizio TV also prefer video resolution in 1920 x 1080 (1080p). As for Vizio 4K TV, only MKV container format with H.265/HEVC video encoding are supported.

3. Sharp LED TV & 4K TV

The native player of Sharp TV only supports a handful of types – for example, JPG, MP4 and MKV. According to the owner's manual, here are the formats supported by model# LC-60LE650U Sharp Aquos TV:

Sharp TV supported format

How to stream any video to TV for playback?

1. How to make protected Blu-ray/DVD viewable on TV?

The video audio formats TV supports are listed above already. In case you wanna play Blu-ray and DVD movies on Samsung/Sony/LG/Panasonic TV, what you need is a professional yet powerful Blu-ray/DVD converter for TV.

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2. How to watch unsupported MKV FLV AVI WMV MTS M2TS video on TV?

First, you can consult this file to see if your movie file is playable on your Samsung/Sony/LG/Panasonic TV

a. Analyse with e.g. Mediainfo or G-spot your movie file (both are freeware programs).
b. With this info (audio and video codec), check in the list above to see if this format is supported.
c. If this format is supported but it still does not play on your TV model, contact your local help desk. If the format is NOT supported, you might consider converting it to TV compatible formats.

Note that when you stream a video file to TV, you need ensure the video format and the video codec are both supported. Take Sharp Aquos TV LC-60LE650U as an example. On LC-60LE650U Manual the file format with extension .AVI, .MKV, .ASF, .WMV, .MP4, .MOV, .MPG, .MPEG is on the supported list, but only MKV with Divx 3.11/4. x/5.1/6.0 or Xvid H.264 or MPEG 4 or MP4 with H.264 or MPEG 4 or MPG with MPEG 2 or MPEG 1 is supported. The similar will happen with AVI, ASF, WMV, MOV too. Each video file must be with the supported video codec can be supported by each model of Sharp TV.

If you video codec can not be played on TV smoothly, you also need to convert your video file to the video format with the video codec supported by your model of TV as per your Manual. If you do not want to check your Manual or your Manual is lost you can directly convert your video file to MP4 H.264 which is supported by almost all models of TV.

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