Google TV file formats

For those who own a Google TV device, here is a report on the media/video file formats it supports, either via USB drive, or UPnP. Tested on my Sony ‘s GoogleTV Blu-Ray player.

The device played 1080p at: h.264 in MP4/MOV/M2TS, mpeg2 in .mpg/.m2t, MP3/XViD in AVI, MJPEG in MOV, MKV with h.264/AAC (didn’t try XViD).

The formats that were not supported are: OGG/OGV, WMV, MJPEG in AVI, 3GP, AMR. Interestingly, there is no support for WebM either.

To stream videos from your Nexus One phone (h.264/AMR in .3GP) to Google TV, you can use the freeware Android UPnP utility Twonky, which automatically re-wraps 3GP to MP4 for better compatibility. Unfortunately, while you will get picture, you won’t get any audio, since Google TV doesn’t support the AMR audio codec. To go around the problem, you will have to use Quicktime Pro on your desktop and re-wrap 3GP to MP4, while also re-encode AMR to AAC with it. h.264 needs no re-encoding.


Michael C. wrote on October 27th, 2010 at 3:23 PM PST:

25p/50i/50p? HD Xvid/DivX in AVI? Can in be made region-free?

How it is different, better or worse from PS3? Do you know whether American-sold PS3 plays 25p/50i/50p both for SD and HD?

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Eugenia wrote on October 27th, 2010 at 3:28 PM PST:

The NTSC PS3 plays PAL 25p/50p *files* just as GoogleTV does, but not PAL DVD/Blu-Ray discs (even region-free discs fail). I have not tried this Sony/GoogleTV’s BD player to see if it plays PAL discs, although I wouldn’t expect it to. But regarding plain files, both the GoogleTV and the PS3 play any common frame rate.

film financing wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 8:11 PM PST:

It’s ironic that Google TV doesn’t natively support formats from their own Nexus One phone, eventhough 3gp is not meant to be viewed on TV.

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