How to play subtitles in TV?

Mansispicher37

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I have read a few threads on this topic. But none of it seem to work for me. Yes, i do name my video and subtitle file the same. Yes, I do put them in the same folder. Is it the .srt file or my TV? I have a Sony Bravia LED EX52. Please let me know if my TV doesn't support subtitles.

Btw, another query; can't i play .avi files in TV? It doesn't let me. It says: "Playback not available."

I'd appreciate any response :)
 

Eximo

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No specifics I can find anywhere. Very limited documentation. Might try asking Sony directly.

Every TV is a little different when it comes to file format support. Some vendors pay the licensing fees for certain format playback capability. In the case of Sony, they probably stick to their own supported formats.

Subtitles is a whole other problem. I have some on my TV that it will read, but others come through as ?A<*$#%^# and the like. And others it just plain doesn't see. Some video files that play only as audio etc.

I find it is easier to hook a PC up the TV to play files with VLC media player and others.

Another option would be to get something like a Western Digital TV, Apple TV, Roku Box, or other set top box and get content through there. WD TV reads almost every single format.
 

Eximo

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No specifics I can find anywhere. Very limited documentation. Might try asking Sony directly.

Every TV is a little different when it comes to file format support. Some vendors pay the licensing fees for certain format playback capability. In the case of Sony, they probably stick to their own supported formats.

Subtitles is a whole other problem. I have some on my TV that it will read, but others come through as ?A<*$#%^# and the like. And others it just plain doesn't see. Some video files that play only as audio etc.

I find it is easier to hook a PC up the TV to play files with VLC media player and others.

Another option would be to get something like a Western Digital TV, Apple TV, Roku Box, or other set top box and get content through there. WD TV reads almost every single format.
 

FannieJane

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TV can play videos that is supported by TV, and to get AVI played with subtitles, you can turn your AVI into TV's playable mp4 with srt subtitles inserted.
 

heine svendsen

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On my Sony Bravia, embedded subtitles will play back from DivX, but not if I have encoded the movie as MKV or MP4.
All files formats are able to play back numerous subtitles or deselect subtitles, if they are played back on a PC with VCL Player. So I could use my notebook and VCL to playback to my Sony with a HDMI cable, it's just more trouble than playing them back from my NAS.
This is of course a bit different from your situation with separate subtitle files, but I belive it all depends on the brand of you TV.
I have seen in other forums, that members go from Sony to LG or Samsung, and then the subtitles work from both srt-files and maybe even from embedded soft-subtitles (not quite sure about soft subtitles).

 

Jayesh234

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Just one more modification to the name of .srt file of subtitles, if the main file's name is 'gameofthronesS01E01.mp4' ,
keep your subtitle file's name as 'gameofthronesS01E01.English.srt' . You can try changing English to any other language that your subtitles are in, but " .English.srt" extension worked like a charm for me, good luck.
 

RAVICHANDRAN_1

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my Samsung ju6400 could not play subtitles in an .mkv video file whereas it could play the subtitles in another .mkv file.used a programme called subtitledit.found that the subtitles in the first one was in bitmap format called hdmv/pgs whwereas in the second one it was in text/utf-8 format.using subtitledit opened the first file by selecting file- import subtitle from matroska format(mkv).it takes about a minute or so to import the subtitles.after it is done click start ocr.uncheck prompt for errors or otherwise it will prompt for unfamiliar words.this process will take about 2 or 3 minutes.after it is over click file- save as- and the programme will automatically give the file the same name as the video file but with the file extension as .srt and will get saved in the same folder as the video.it was so easy.programmes like mkvtoolnix did not work as probably it did not recognise the hdmv/pgs format.it was so easy.so basically tvs require subtitles in text format .
 

DejanP

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My TV is ST brand what ever it means.I have put the subtitle and the movie in the same folder. Renamed the subtitle as the movie title (completlly the same plus the extension). Than changed the subtitle extension on the original subtitle and save it in the same folder. Did the same again and again with all known subtitle extensions ( cap, sbv, sub, srt, doc, txt...) and ended up with half a dozen subtitles in the folder. When I played the movie over the USB on TV there was an subtitle running, so one of the extensions worked-it was the .cap extension on my TV.

 
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