How to Use VLC to Watch Blu-ray on Apple TV 4

This article is a tutorial for using VLC media player to play Blu-ray movies on Apple TV 4, three method involved: Local Network, Remote Playback or Network Stream.

VLC on the Apple TV allows you to get access to all your files and video streams in their native formats without conversions, directly on Apple TV 4. You will get every feature and format support you are used to in VLC, and a few Apple TV specific features. VLC on the Apple TV is fully free and open source, why not watch Blu-ray on Apple TV by using VLC?

Note: VLC for Apple TV requires tvOS 9.0 or later. It runs on the fourth genseration Apple TV. Previous devices are not supported.

Rip Blu-ray for Apple TV

Due to Apple TV don’t shaped with a Blu-ray drive, you need to rip and backup the movie from Blu-ray disc to a digital videos in .mkv, .mp4 and .mov format and then streaming for Apple TV. In case of ripping Blu-ray, you need a Blu-ray ripping tool. Here Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Windows | for Mac is just the one you need. With it you can rip 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray discs, and standard DVDs to all popular SD and HD (3D) video formats like 4K/1080P/720P MP4, MOV, MKV, M4V, WMV, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MPEG and more.

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How to Use VLC to Watch Ripped Blu-ray on Apple TV 4

There are three basic ways to get VLC on Apple TV to play your ripped Blu-ray videos: Local Network, Remote Playback or Network Stream. You’ll need some sort of media server, like Plex, for the first one, a web browser for the second, and a web or FTP server for the third. Let’s take a look at each in order.

Local Network

Use your own media server to watch on Apple TV.

VLC supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) media servers ( like Plex) and FTP servers running on your local network. Just transfer the ripped Blu-ray videos to your Plex media server.


Launch VLC on your Apple TV, swipe left to go to the “Local Network” tab, and you’ll see your server there. Just click through to your movies and they should play without effort. What’s great here is that if your server doesn’t support certain file formats, VLC should be able to.

Remote Playback

Use your web browser to get videos over to your Apple TV.

If you’re not keen on running a server off your Mac, then the next best option is to use VLC’s remote playback function.


Swipe over to the Remote Playback tab at the top of the VLC screen on your Apple TV, and then you’ll see the screen above. Click on the Enable Remote Playback button and you’ll get two addresses, one with your local IP address ( above) and one with the more easily read local network address (http://Living-Room.local above). Type either into your web browser and you’ll get a web page that lets you drag and drop videos into it to watch on the big screen.

Simply drag your ripped Blu-ray movie files to the web page on your Mac, and — after a quick load — they’ll start playing on your Apple TV via VLC. Exciting!

Network Stream

Stream ripped Blu-ray movies from Dropbox, web servers, and FTP servers on the internet.

If you’ve got an FTP or web server out there on the internet, you can use VLC to watch ripped Blu-ray you might have stored there, such as Dropbox and Google Drive.


If you know the URL of your ripped Blu-ray videos, swipe over to the “Network Stream” tab in VLC for Apple TV and type it in. It’s tedious if it’s a long URL (I’m looking at you, Dropbox!), but once you’ve typed it in correctly, VLC will keep the last several URLs in there for you, which means you only have to do it once for each specific file.

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