Top 5 Best Free M4V Video Players 2017

Developed by Apple Inc., M4V is a video container format that is very similar to MP4, especially by keeping a good balance between video quality and its size. Apple uses this format to encode video files, such as movies, music videos and TV shows in iTunes Store.  Apple may protect M4V files with DRM copyright protection to prevent unauthorized distribution of the video. Those files, then, can only be used on a computer that has been authorized to play it. M4V files that are not protected with such restrictions can be opened in VLC, MPC-HC, Miro, QuickTime, MPlayer, Windows Media Player, and probably other media players.

Note: These best M4V video players we are talking about in this article are merely for playing DRM-free M4V video files instead of the DRM-protected ones from iTunes since the latter can only be played properly with iTunes itself or QuickTime rather than any other non-approved media players. If you want to play DRM protected M4V files on more devices, you can use DRM Media Converter or iTunes M4V Converter for Mac to remove DRM from iTunes M4V movies first.

1. VLC Media Player

Flexible, customizable and entirely free – the best M4V media player around

VLC Media Player is a classic free media player that plays from every source (files, discs, stream, webcams and other devices) and is entirely free. No ads, no spyware, no catches at all.

It’s all very easy to use. Double-click just about any file and it’ll play immediately, with all the core controls where you’d expect them to be.

Features of VLC Media Player in brief:

  • Wide support for different operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.
  • Integration with web channel streaming services.
  • Support for Blu-ray. VLC plays DVD, CD, and VCD including Blu-ray DVDs.

Read More: How to Play iTunes M4V Files on VLC Media Player


2. Kodi


Kodi originates as a homebrewed media player for Xbox consoles. It was developed to be an all-in-one platform for viewing pictures, watching videos, and playing music. Kodi supports all common file formats of today, both for music (MP3, FLAC, WAV, etc.) and video (MP4, M4V, MKV, AVI, etc.). It can also play physical media such as Blu-rays and DVDs.

Features in brief:

  • Works on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux;
  • Supports add-ons. Users can download custom-made skins, fonts, and sounds.

Read More: How to Play iTunes Movies & Episodes on XBMC/Kodi


3. MPlayerX


MPlayerX is very lightweight on resources and easy to use and can play almost any file format. This software has been designed specifically with Mac users in mind. It supports Apple Remotes, has a full screen mode, lets you change the subtitle size and can pick up from the moment you stopped the video. Many Mac users take MPlayerX as a standard part of their toolbox because of how well it works and has all most popular codecs.

Features of MPlayerX in brief:

  • Will play almost any video or audio;
  • Easy to understand and use;
  • Offers subtitles support.


4. Plex


Plex supports all common file formats that the previous players can. A minimalistic, easily navigated interface, a perfect convenient place for all your media.

Plex aims to bring all of your services and devices together under a single platform. One can add folders and files to their Plex library and stream them to any device with Plex. For example, if you have a movie on a hard drive you can watch it through Plex’s browser app or stream to the Plex app on a tablet.

Features in brief:

  • Works on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux;
  • No more single-screen viewing. With Plex Companion, you can fling content from your phone to TV;
  • Sync content from your Plex Media Server to supported cloud storage.

Read More: How to Stream iTunes Movies via Plex


5. RealPlayer


RealPlayer is a universal media player that can play all formats of videos and can automatically recognize the video or audio format you want to play. The most popular audio and video file formats are supported including .avi, .mp4, .mp3, .wma, .wav, .flv, MPEG, etc. Note that Realplayer requires a fairly powerful machine for some of its features and in order to launch it properly several applications need to be installed in advance.

Realplayer’s features in brief:

  • This player offers RealCloud for your peace of mind to back up your videos there;
  • Send photos, videos, and montages to a friend or a group of friends;
  • RealTimes app can be used on your Xbox One, Kindle Fire TV or Roku.

These are 5 best video player that can play DRM free M4V videos. Which one do you like best? Tell us in the comments.

Source: eltima

Roger W.

I'm a music lover and my friends know that. I'm not a great musician or a singer but I look for all ways to enjoy music. Apple Music and Spotify are my favorite.