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3 Methods to Play DVD on Apple TV

By Tony Moton

April 03, 2018

Can Apple TV play DVD? Many people may wonder with a lot of DVDs at hand. In recent years, streaming media via Airplay to Apple TV to enjoy a big-screen movie watching has become an overwhelmingly welcome and pleasant lifestyle to iProduct users. However, the situation of playing DVD on Apple TV fails in the wake of incurable format incompatibility. That's because DVD is stored in VOB format, which is not in the supported list of Apple TV.

Anyhow, there is always a clear-cut answer for it. At this juncture, we explore 3 methods to help play DVD on Apple TV. The first is a common way of converting DVD to be playable on Apple TV.


Method 1. [Most Popular Method] Rip DVD to Play on Apple TV

Apple TV only supports a few formats including H.264 and MPEG-4 types. In an effort to smoothly play DVD on Apple TV, it's considered a practice to convert DVD to Apple TV supported format. For example, MP4 is a nice choice.

Here we advise you to use a third party software, TuneFab DVD Ripper. Among 300+ output formats, the machine even offers exclusive choices for Apple TV that will save you much effort. Plus, this multifunctional allows users space to enrich the videos with further actions. Available versions are given for Windows and Mac with an admiring 6X ripping speed.

Steps to Play DVD on Apple TV with TuneFab DVD Ripper

Step 1. Go to "Load Disc" > "Load DVD Disc" to open DVD file.

Step 2. Go to "Profile" > "Apple TV…" and select one proper format.

Step 3. Click "Convert", and in a few minutes the DVD will be converted to Apple TV supported video.

Rip DVD To AppleTV Supported

Step 4. Connect Apple TV to your PC. Take Mac for example. Go to "System Preferences" > "Displays" to open Airplay. In "Airplay Mirroring" option, change "off" to "Office Apple TV" to connect under the same network.


Step 5. Stream and play DVD on Apple TV without any restrictions.

It's easy to rip DVD to Apple TV supported format with TuneFab DVD Ripper. Otherwise, there are other feasible methods to smoothly play DVD on Apple TV. See more in the next part.

Method 2. How to Cast DVD to Apple TV with Airplay and Mac

An alternative way to play DVD on Apple TV is to mirror the DVD file to the TV. By now, Mac has upgraded to support Airplay Mirroring (while Windows users can take chance with Mirror360). Before any formal action with Airplay Mirroring, you've got to ensure the device has updated to the latest version. That is, the receiver, Apple TV, has evolved into the 2nd or later generation.

Correspondingly, the sender including iOS device and Mac operating system should follow the latest updates.

iOS Device

Mac running Mountain Lion or higher

iPhone 4s or later

iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)

iPad 2 or later

Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)

iPad mini or later

MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)

iPod touch (5th generation)

MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

You may find your MacBook lack built-in drive for a lighter design. It's quite easy. Just come to Apple's official website and you will find a series of Superdrive players on sale.

Tips: Deal with "The viewer could not be moved to selected screen"

All set, however, after inserting the DVD disc, you may be confused to see the error message reading "The viewer could not be moved to selected screen." Here you are in need of a final preparation, an Apple TV supported player software, to arrive at playing DVD on Apple TV. Please turn to the next part to finish it.

Method 3. Easily Play DVD on Apple TV with A Third Party Media Player

Frankly Speaking, VLC Media Player agrees to both DVD videos and Apple TV greatly, and hence is the most appropriate DVD player software to achieve the goal. Moreover, it possesses friendly associations with all platforms involving Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android and so on. Above all, it is not boasting that VLC Media Player is the ideal DVD player software.

Apple TV

Combined the method 2 &3, let's work for the final deal on DVD playback on Apple TV.

Step 1. Insert the DVD into the Superdrive.

Step 2. Launch VLC and go to "File > Open Disc".

Step 3. Then come to "System Preferences" > "Displays" to open Airplay.

Step 4. In "Airplay Mirroring" option, change "off" into "Office Apple TV".

Once you see the VLC window on Apple TV screen, you've managed to stream DVD to Apple TV and start to play DVD on Apple TV.

In this post, we've prepared several skills to help play DVD on Apple TV. Simply, each way has its good and bad. Ripping DVD to Apple TV supported format with TuneFab DVD Ripper is indeed the most available, easy and cost-effective approach to play DVD on Apple TV. But once you get familiar with Airplay + VLC Media Player, you will take a great liking to this convenient DVD streaming and watching way on Apple TV.

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