MKV playback problem

Hi, hope someone can help!!
I have an external HD connected via USB to my ATV, all files play fine with the exception of .mkv which seem to skip and jump around and make the film unwatchable. Ive tried a different HD and a different cable but no joy. My TV is 1080 ready so i dont think that is the problem??

Any ideas or suggestions? thnx in advance

Hey yodstar.

I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but it is my understanding that .mkv files have to have a resolution of 720 or lower to play on the A-TV. If you play a lot of mkvs you should try boxee, I’ve had great results with boxee over other players on aTV

If you have a Mac, you can use Handbrake to convert .mkv files to other formats. I have converted plenty to the Apple TV format and the quality is magnificent.


Hello Bill,

what are your settings doing that? I had a 10gb 1080p .mkv file which i converted using the AppleTV Legagy setting into a 2.2gb .mp4 file. That did not look good at all! So I am curious on your settings. I have not bought the AppleTV yet - but I am going to, if it plays my files in a good quality.

Thanks a lot!