Originally Posted by cylack
I wish Apple TV would allow content that isn't in mp4 format to be played. I download all my movies in mkv and avi format, so I'm not going to waste my time converting those just to play through Apple TV. I can watch all my shows as is via the Roku and Plex.
MP4 isn't a format, it's container. The AppleTV supports multiple containers and codecs. MKV is a common container for illegally downloaded HD content that uses the H.264(x264) codec. AVI is a container for the DivX-based codec that is very, very, very archaic. It's amazing AVIs are still around when modern devices have HW decoding of H.264 built in. Even Handbrake, a great open-source app, dropped supporting AVI a couple years ago because it's just that out of date.
Earlier this year the groups that record and upload TV shows finally
switched from AVI to MP4. It was a hoot to read the complains about how their DVD player can read AVI/DivX which is meant they could no longer DL a video as an AVI, burn it to CD or SL-DVD and then play in their DVD player on their TV. That just sounds like an insane way to get video to your TV in the 2010s. Why they wouldn't just get a cheap Roku or Plex is beyond me.