DVD is considered to be one digital optical disc storage format and widely used on the market, yet there would be at a certain point in most your daily digital life, you're unable to play and watch DVD at ease. For instance, you happen to have Apple TV while you can't play DVD on Apple TV freely, and the unidirectional approach to the problem is to rip the DVD in our experience, which is a laborious and time-consuming process.


Human effort can achieve anything. Here I just want to offer my own first-hand experience for your reference.

Part 1. Why Need to Rip DVD to Apple TV

DVDs also referred to as DVD-Video in technology. DVD usually applies the compressed encoding with MPEG-2 video signal. And the most significant problem is that the format can't be compatible with Apple TV freely. Therefore, the first thing to do now is to transform DVD to Apple TV supporting video formats like MP4,MOV and many more, and then stream converted videos directly via AirPlay. Here one third-party software could provide the assistance of ripping DVD video to Apple TV video formats with the easiest means.

DVD to Apple TV

One other case which deserves mention is some DVD movies can be purchased directly from iTunes. Here the article only discusses the problem of playing DVD Discs on Apple TV. The solution would also begin to unravel once you continue reading the following passage.

Part 2. How to Play DVD on Apple TV

As mentioned before, if you want to play DVD on Apple TV, you may choose to use the third-party software. Here I just try to use the wonderful VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate.


2.1 About VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate

VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is an excellent application that combines many functions in one. With the easy-to-use program, a large number of goals like converting, editing and customizing videos are likely to be realized easily. The powerful program is really helpful for ripping DVD to a wide variety of video formats which could be played on many kinds of devices like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV 4/3/2/1 and many more. Its simplicity of operator is in the consumers' good grace. Below is the tutorial in detail on how to stream DVD to Apple TV freely.


2.2 Step by Step Guide on How to Play DVD on TV

Step 1: Free Download and Open the program

Just click the download link and install the free trial version of VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate, and then launch it easily by clicking the program icon. The trial version could only offer the limited functions, if you want to have the complete functionality, you could purchase one.

Step 2: Add DVD movie to the program

The user-friendly application could offer several easy ways to import DVD movies, you could choose one of them at random. Firstly, you could insert the DVD disc to your hard drive and click the "Load Disc" button to choose your desired DVD video files. And the added files would display on the main interface.

Add DVD Movies

Step 3: Choose MP4 as output profile

If you want to select MP4 that Apple TV supports as the output format, you could click the profile list and there's one pop-up window where you could choose MP4 video under the "General Video" tab.

Choose MP4 as Output Format

Tips: The great program could also satisfy your need of customizing videos. You could click on the "Settings" icon to customize your own specified video/audio parameters.

Customize DVD Videos

Step 4: Start to Rip DVD to Apple TV

After all of the desired settings are done, you may click the "Convert" button to begin the conversion process easily. You could get the final converted videos within several minutes by clicking the "Open Folder" button from the "Destination" icon.

Start to Rip DVD

After all of the necessary ripping process is done, you could choose to apply iTunes application to stream the ripped DVD files to Apple TV easily! Open iTunes and then click the "Add files to library" button to import the ripped videos to iTunes library. From the source device list, find "iTunes" and drag those files from iTunes library to Apple TV directly! Now, you can enjoy your DVD discs on Apple TV at ease.


2.3 Play DVDs with AirPlay

Here we would also like to introduce another easy way to stream via Airplay Mirroring without ripping DVD to Apple TV first before playing them on Apple TV. If you want to get the function of Airplay Mirroring, you should prepare a Mac computer or an iOS device to send the video and audio, Apple TV receive the video and audio. Keep in mind that you should ensure them connect to the same network.


Device Limitations of Airplay Mirroring:

Only the Apple TV 2 or later generation support Airplay Mirroring.

iOS devices include iPhone 4S or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or later and iPod Touch (5th generation).

Mac computer requires running Mountain Lin or higher system.


You may find that the whole process is very simple and easy. Now you could follow your own inclinations to play DVD on Apple TV with ease.