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.
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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.
In general, Samsung TVs can support the following formats without any issues:
Supported File Types for 2015 4K SUHD TV
Video Resolution and Codecs:
Audio Formats and Codecs:
Image Formats and Resolutions:
You can enjoy video, audio and image files on your TV from USB or DLNA devices. See the chart below for supported file formats:
Supported File Formats for DLNA and USB Compatible Sony TVs
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|
|WMV (9/VC1), Asf||.asf, .wmv||O||O|
|DivX HD||.divx, .avi||X||X|
|DivX HD plus, MKV||.mkv||X||X|
|MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3||.mp3||O||O|
|WMA (9), Asf||.wma||O||O|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|MPEG1||*.mpg / *.mpe / *mpeg||AVI||*.avi|
|MPEG2||*.mpg / *.mpe / *.mts/ *.m2t/ *.m2ts||ASF||*.asf / *.wmv|
|WebM||*.webm||3GPP||*.3gp / *.3g2|
|RealMedia||*.rm / *rmbv / *.rv||MOV||*.mov|
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.
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.
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:
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.
Here the cutting-edge Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is highly recommended since its preeminent Blu-ray/DVD decryption ability would aid you to remove any BD/DVD copyright protection tech, irrespective of BD+, MKB, CSS, Region Code 1-6, RCE, UOPs, or Sony ARccOS, Disney X-project DRM; and then hassle-free rip and convert Blu-ray and DVD to TV supported format, be MP4, MOV, or MKV.
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.
Then Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac will be all-sided video converter available to convert any SD/HD/4K videos for Samsung/Sony/LG/Panasonic TV at a super fast speed in a few clicks. It is capable of changing almost all video formats (AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV etc,) to TV file format like MP4, MKV, MP3, AAC with a nearly lossless quality. It can also compress 4K videos to 1080P/720P HD to make images look crisp on HD TV featuring lower resolution screen. With Nvidia CUDA and multi-core CPU processing technology Support, the windows version can give you an unexpected 30X high conversion speed.
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