Why can't I watch MP4 files on my TVs?
There are times, usually while using laptop computers, when the screen looks too small to watch the movies, and that is when you want to play MP4 on TV that has a big display and allows you to enjoy the films at full. Since you're here, you may want to stream some MPEG-4 and MP4 videos from your PC to the TV (Samsung TV included). That said, the following sections explain various ways to connect your computer to a TV, and you can pick the one you find the easiest, cheapest, and the best as your needs. You can also convert MP4 to iPhone if you don't want to spend much time on TV.
- Part 1. Best Method to Play/Watch MP4 on TV (Samsung TV Included)
- Part 2. Play MP4 on TV via HDMI Cable
- Part 3. Play MP4 Videos on TV by Wi-Fi
- Part 4. Display MP4 Videos on TV via a USB
- Part 5. Bonus: Best MP4 to TV Video Converters
Even though there are several ways you can watch MP4 on TV using different hardware such as Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, etc., almost every such device requires you to configure your TV accordingly. For instance, if you have access to Chromecast, you must use the Google Chrome web browser to get the job done.
Considering this, the best way to play MP4 on TV is by using Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) that allows you to cast the screen from your PC to television with a few mouse clicks.
- Convert video to over 1000 formats, like AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc.
- Optimized presets for converting MP4 to different devices, like TVs, games, Samsung, Apple, HTC, etc.
- 30X faster conversion speed than other common converters.
- Directly burn MP4 to DVD to watch on a big screen in high quality and with many DVD menu templates.
- Personalize video with classic editing features, like trimming, cropping, adding subtitle, etc.
- Download or record videos from video sharing sites.
- Versatile toolbox includes fixing video metadata, GIF maker, casting video to TV, VR converter, and screen recorder.
- Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6
Briefly speaking, you just need to
● Launch Wondershare UniConverter to open the Wondershare Media server.
● Connect the streaming device to the PC and make sure they're connected to the same network.
● Load your target MP4 to the program.
● Play the MP4 video and stream it to TV simultaneously.
Step 1 Launch Wondershare to Cast MP4 to TV
Download Wondershare UniConverter via the download above, make sure you're downloading the right version based on your computer.
Then launch the program and click Toolbox at the top, then choose Cast to TV as the screenshot shows.
Step 2 Import MP4/MKV/WMV/AVI Videos
You'll get a separate window of Wondershare Media Server, then click Disk scan or Import button to add your desired MP4 video to the program.
Note: If you want to stream your video from Chromecast, Xbox 360, Apple TV, PS3, Roku, or other DLNA certified devices to the TV, you need to connect them to PC and select the device name from the device list.
Step 3 Stream MP4 Videos on TV
Move your mouse over the just imported MP4 video and click Wi-Fi like the icon to play an MP4 video with the built-in video player.
You'll find the MP4 video immediately streamed to TV as follows.
Video Tutorial: How to Stream MP4 to TV Easily with Wondershare UniConverter
Connecting your computer to the TV via HDMI is pretty simple as long as both the participating devices have an HDMI port. Assuming that they do, the only additional hardware that you would need is an HDMI cable to connected the two.
The process given below explains how you can use an HDMI cable to connect the computer and TV and configure your television to receive inputs from your PC:
Step 1: Connect a TV with PC
Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your PC and insert the other end to the port available at the rear or side portion of your TV (Samsung TV as an example).
Step 2: Configure Your TV
Grab your TV remote, go to the Inputs section (or something similar to that), and choose HDMI as an input port to connect and play MP4 on Samsung TV with HDMI cable.
If your TV is new and has a built-in wireless network connectivity option, you are lucky because with this, you can connect it to your computer over a Wi-Fi network and play MP4 on TV without many complications. The process of setting up your PC and television to discover each other and share the media is simple and is explained below:
Note: The procedure can be completed in two phases.
Phase 1: Set Up Your Computer
Note: Here, it is assumed that you are using a Windows 10 PC that already has a built-in or external wireless card and is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Enable Media Sharing on PC
Go to Start > Settings and click Network & Internet on the Windows Settings window. On the next window, click Sharing options from the right pane, on the Advanced sharing settings box, expand All Networks, click Choose media streaming options from the Media streaming section, click Turn on media streaming on the next box that opens up, and click OK to allow your PC to stream media to the devices connected to your local wireless network. Close all the boxes when done, and proceed to the next step.
Locate and right-click the folder that contains the MP4 files you want to watch on TV, click Properties from the context menu, go to the Sharing tab, click Share, choose Everyone from the drop-down list available on the Network access box, click Add, and ensure that the Permission Level next to the Everyone group is set to Read. Click Share to allow the PC to share the folder to send MP4 to TV.
Phase 2: Set Up Your TV
IMPORTANT: Depending on the manufacturer of the TV and the operating system that it has, the configuration options may be named differently and might be found in different menus. You are highly encouraged to go through your television's Owner's Manually thoroughly for detailed instructions.
Step 1: Ensure Your TV's Wireless Connectivity
Use your TV remote to go to Settings/Setup/Quick Setup (or something similar), select Network Configuration and Wireless, and check and confirm if the television is connected to the same wireless network that your PC is connected to. If not, use the method explained in the Owner's Manual to do so before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Play MP4 File on TV
On your TV, go to Media, locate and go to your PC's icon, go to Videos, go to Folders, go to the folder that you shared on your PC, and select and watch MP4 on your TV, or play MP4 on Samsung TV if you are using one.
Since most TVs nowadays have USB ports at their rear panel, the process of watching MP4 on TV is way simpler as compared to what it used to be earlier. You can follow the instructions given below to learn how to play MP4 on TV via USB:
Note: A Samsung TV is used here for reference.
Step 1: Connect USB to TV
Grab the USB stick with the MP4 files, locate the USB port at the rear portion of your TV, and connect the drive to the port.
Step 2: Play MP4 on TV
On your TV remote, press the Home button, go to Source, and select USB Device USB or USB Device or Connected Device (or anything similar to these). Next, locate and select the MP4 file that you want to watch on your television, and press Enter on your remote to play MP4 on Samsung TV from your USB flash drive.
Note: Some Samsung TV models don't have the 'Home' button on their remote. You can directly press 'Source' in such televisions. Likewise, some new TVs automatically pop up a menu when a USB is connected, and allow you to select the drive and play the media files from there.
If you are worried about the incompatible format and/or resolution of your MP4 files that need be played on your Samsung TV, an efficient MP4 to TV converter could be your solution. There are a couple of decent conversion tools that can come in handy in such cases. These PC and online apps include:
Converter 1: Wondershare UniConverter
With more than 1000 supported formats, Wondershare UniConverter is one of the best programs for Windows and Mac that can help you convert your MP4 files to TV compatible displays. The process of getting this done is given below:
Step 1: Import MP4 to UniConverter
Launch Wondershare UniConverter, ensure from the top that you are on the Convert tile, click Add Files from the center, and import the MP4 file you want to watch on TV (Samsung TV is used here for example).
Step 2: Pick an Output Device Preset
Click and open the Convert all files to from the top-right area, go to the Device tab, select TV from the left pane, and select Samsung TV from the right.
Step 3: Convert MP4 for TV
Once you are back on the main window, choose a destination location from the Output field at the bottom, and click Convert to convert the file so you can play MP4 on Samsung TV.
Converter 2: Online Free Video Converter
An online sibling of UniConverter, Wondershare Online UniConverter, is a free web tool that is capable of performing almost all the tasks. In order to convert your existing MP4 files to be compatible with Samsung TV, you can go to https://www.media.io/video-converter.html, add your source clip(s), and follow the instructions from there to convert MP4 to TV for free.
Playing MP4 on TV is not rocket science as long as you know the process, have access to the correct cables and devices, and if the conversion is needed, have an efficient MP4 to TV converter installed on your Windows or Mac computer. Going further, to be able to play MP4 on Samsung TV, it is highly recommended to use device-specific presets that are present in Wondershare UniConverter.