Can I Put iTunes Movies on USB for Playing on TV? Fixed!

Q: "I met a problem when transferring movies from iTunes to USB. It appears the USB flash drive can't recognize the iTunes video files. Because it's continuously informing that 'File Format Not Supported' when I'm trying to play the iTunes movies on my TV through the USB port. Why? Can anyone explain and suggest a workaround to this?"

This could be a common problem for people who have a smart TV that supports media streaming via USB port. Suppose you have a USB compatible TV and usually buy movies from iTunes Store, would you like to watch your iTunes movie on TV using the USB flash drive? I guess the answer is "yes".

In fact, if you already downloaded the iTunes movies to your computer, you can easily transfer the videos to any USB flash drive. And then watch them from a USB, as you do with other video files. Now follow the guide here to learn how to put iTunes movies on USB stick correctly. So that you can play iTunes movies on TV from a USB drive in a few steps only.

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Part 1. How to Put iTunes Movies on USB - Easy Solution

If you connect the USB drive to the TV port and attempt to play the iTunes movies on TV, you'll get the error message which won't let you play the movies properly. That's simple because all the iTunes movies and TV episodes (as well as music videos, and iTunes Extras) are encrypted by Apple's DRM copyright protection.

In result, iTunes videos can only be playable on Apple's devices or iTunes app compatible platforms. So, can you download TV episodes from iTunes and watch them from a USB? To play the iTunes movies via a USB, you have to eliminate the DRM encryption from the iTunes videos thoroughly.

Here we can get help from DRmare M4V Converter for Mac (or DRmare M4V Converter for Windows), a smart iTunes DRM removal tool. It's well-designed to unlock DRM limit from purchased and rented iTunes movies, TV shows, music videos, and iTunes Extras.

It's capable of losslesslystripping off DRM lock while keeping the original audio tracks and subtitles, such as AC3 5.1 Dolby audio, AAC audio, CC, AD tracks, etc. Besides, it's able to convert iTunes M4V movies to MP4 and other common formats and devices, including M4V, MOV, AVI, FLV, MKV, Android phones, tablets, Windows phones, game consoles, etc.

It's one of the best solutions that can enable you freely copy downloaded movie from iTunes to USB flash drive for playing on TV or for backup.

DRmare iTunes M4V to USB Drive Converter

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  • Convert iTunes rented and purchased movies, TV shows, music videos
  • Support lossless DRM removal by preserving AC3 5.1 audio, CC, subtitles, etc.
  • Convert iTunes M4V movies to USB and multiple popular devices and player
  • Support converting any iTunes movies or TV episode in a few minutes only

Part 2. How to Transfer Movies from iTunes to USB Flash Stick

Here I will take the Mac version of DRmare M4V Converter to instruct you how to put movies from iTunes to USB and then you can play iTunes videos on your TV.

Step 1Add iTunes M4V films and TV series
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Firstly make sure you have already downloaded and authorized the movies or TV shows to play on your iTunes. Then launch DRmare M4V Converter. Simply drag and drop the downloaded iTunes movies from iTunes Media folder and import them to the main screen of DRmare. Or you can add the iTunes videos via "Add" button at the bottom left of the program.
Step 2Customize output settings for USB
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In this step, you are required to select an output format for the iTunes movies. You should make sure the format you set is compatible with your USB drive or TV set. Here I'd recommend the lossless MP4 or HD MP4 as they are universally supported by most of the media devices. Or since your purpose is to play the iTunes movies on smart TV, you can also choose the preset profiles of specific smart TV you own from "Devices" panel. Currently DRmare supports popular smart TVs, such as Samsung, Sony, LG, Panosonic, etc.
Step 3Convert iTunes movies to USB flash drive
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Click the "Convert" button in the main interface and it will start to convert your iTunes M4V videos to USB supported formats. Once the conversion is completed, you'll get the DRM-free iTunes movies and TV shows which are no different with other common video files. So that you can freely move movies from iTunes to USB drive and play them on TV by connecting the USB stick to the USB port on TV.
Video GuideSave iTunes movies to USB flash drive

Note: While storing the iTunes M4V movies to your USB drive, one thing you need to pay attention to is the format of the flash drive. You'd better use the NTFS or exFAT format instead of FAT32 as the maximum capacity of FAT32 is only 4.29GB for each file, while the other two have no limit on the file size. If your USB is in FAT32 and the iTunes movie is beyond 4.29GB, then you will get an error message saying the converted movie can't play well on your TV.

More Tips: How to Play iTunes Videos on TV if There's no USB Port

By following the above workaround, it's easy to transfer movies from iTunes to USB flash drive and play M4V on TV. But if you got no USB port on your TV set, can you probably watch the iTunes movies on TV? Yes, the answer is positive.

In fact, there are many other popular ways to get iTunes movies played on TVs without USB. For more tips, simply read on: Top 5 Ways to Watch iTunes Movies on HDTV.

Dec 3, 2019 3:40 PM

Updated by Josh Williams to Convert iTunes Videos