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Ultimate Guide: How to Play iTunes Movie on TVs

By Tony Moton

December 27, 2017

To get better video experience, people usually like to watch movies on big-screen TV. But when you buy a movie from iTunes, you can only access it from Apple devices or non-Apple devices which are authorized by Apple, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PC (with iTunes installed) and Apple TV. However, not everyone owns an Apple TV. So for the people who don't own a non-Apple TV such as Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV and Sony TV etc., a bother problem that comes to them is how to watch iTunes movies on those non-Apple TVs. But don't worry, today we are going to show you how to play iTunes movies on TV freely.


Part 1. How to Watch iTunes Movie on Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV, things will be easier. You can use Apple TV to get access to your iTunes library. That is to say, you just need to sync the movie files from your iTunes library to Apple TV box and you can view the iTunes movies on your TV. To stream iTunes movies to Apple TV, you can use AirPlay or Home Sharing.

When choosing AirPlay, follow these steps:

1. Connect your computer and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Open iTunes on your computer.

3. To the right of the volume slider in iTunes, click the button of AirPlay. You'll see this icon only when an AirPlay-enabled device is on the same Wi-Fi network.

Stream iTunes Movies by AirPlay

4. Click "Apple TV".

When selecting Home Sharing, pay attention to the below process:

1. Open iTunes on your computer, click "File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing"

iTunes File Home Sharing

2. In Apple TV, go to "Settings > Computers > Turn on Home Sharing".

3. Start playing movies from computer. Your computer library name will shown under the "Computers" on your Apple TV and you can choose a movie to play.

Note: Remember all your devices need to be on the same network or you can't see the shared library. There are some HD rental movies cannot be played on Apple TV neither. Also, If you don't have Apple TV yet, you can turn to the other two ways to watch iTunes movies on TV.

Part 2. How to Watch iTunes Movie on Non-Apple TV

If you had tried to transfer and play iTunes movies on TV, you might found the movies bought or rented from iTunes are not supported. For one thing, iTunes movies are in M4V format, which is not supported by some smart TVs. For another, all iTunes movies, TV serials and music videos are protected with DRM which restrains you from playing iTunes videos everywhere. However, it is not difficult to play iTunes movies on TVs as long as you get assistant from TuneFab M4V Converter.

TuneFab M4V Converter is a useful tool that can get rid of FairPlay DRM restriction from purchased and rented iTunes movies, TV shows. And then it can convert M4V videos to popular MP4 format for playing on Samsung/ Panasonic/Sony/LG Smart TV. TuneFab will keep the 100% original quality after conversion so you don't need to worry about video quality. Better still, all the video data will be retained well in output MP4 videos, including subtitles and audio tracks. Now follow the steps below to start conversion.

Step 1. Install TuneFab M4V Converter

First, download TuneFab M4V Converter, install and launch it.

Step 2. Select iTunes Movies

On the main window, find an "Add Files" button and click it to select the movies you want to play on your Smart TV. You can select multiple files at one time since this program supports batch conversion. Finally you need to confirm your selection by clicking "Add".

Select iTunes Movies

Step 3. Convert M4V to Smart TV Supported Format

Before conversion, you can choose the audio tracks and subtitles you wish to keep in output files. Or let the program preserve all original subtitles and audio tracks for you.

Select Subtitles

Now you can click "Convert" to start process. This program will begin removing DRM from iTunes purchases or rentals and converting them to MP4, that almost compatible with all TVs.

Convert iTunes Movies

When conversion is done, find the converted files through clicking on the "Video Folder" from the "History" tab. You can copy the iTunes movies to a USB storage device, then connect the USB to your TV. Now you can watch iTunes movies on Samsung Smart TV, LG smart TV, Vizio smart TV, etc. smoothly. Let the vivid video of conversion to help you learn quickly.

Part 3. How to Watch iTunes Movies on TV with HDMI

You know iTunes movies can be played on up to 5 authorized devices only, including the Mac computer. So another useful method we want to share is using HDMI. But it only works for the users who have a new Mac laptop, which has a HDMI connection.

Note: iMacs don't have the HDMI connection. If your TV doesn't support HDMI, you'll also need an HDMI-to-RCA adapter.

Step 1. Make sure your Mac laptop is authorized to play the iTunes movies.

Step 2. Connect your Mac laptop to your Smart TV via HDMI connection.

Step 3. Now you can play the DRM-protected iTunes movies on your Mac laptop, your Mac's screen will be mirrored on your TV, showing exactly what appears on the Mac.

In conclusion, the above methods are helpful when you want to watch iTunes movies on various TVs. According to your existing devices, choose the most proper method to play iTunes movies on your TV.

Further Reading:

How to Watch iTunes Movie on TV via Chromecast

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