How To Play Movie With Subtitles On Samsung TV Via USB

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So I have bought this real nice 32 inches LED TV: Samsung UE32EH4000 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready LED TV. I am not really a fan of TV serials. I use my TV mostly for playing games. Since it is a HD TV, I thought of watching high definition movie on it. My preferred way to watch movies is with sub-titles. In computer, it is very easy to watch a movie with subtitles, but it was “almost” not the same in TV. First time I tried watching the movies with subtitles on my LED TV, I failed miserably.

So here is what I learnt with my ordeal with subtitles and TV:

  • Your TV should be advanced enough to read a subtitles. Mine is.
  • Name the folder, the video file and the subtitle files exactly same. Just the extension should be different, nothing else.
  • Keep the subtitles file in the same folder as the video file.
  • Video format of the files also matter. I found it to be working .mp4 and .avi. I’ll update with more formats as I find it.

Using subtitles on TV via USB has some limitations. If you use computer you can synchronize subtitles, watch videos on internet with subtitles or even download subtitles automatically. But it does let you enjoy movies with subtitles without having to connect your laptop to HDMI and this you can watch the movie as well as use your computer simultaneously.

Further troubleshoot:

If the above simply did not work, as suggested by Yasin, open the subtitle file in text editor like Notepad, and then do a “save as” and while saving it, choose Unicode format. Remember to keep the naming convention as mentioned previously.

I hope these small tips help you in playing a movie with subtitles on a HDTV via USB.

  • Yasin

    Just change the ANSI code of your subtitle to UTF-8 or Unicode (both work) and then keep Video file with Subtitle file (both having same names) in same folder.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Nice. I’ll add it to the article if it works.

    • Harihar Mechman

      And how to change the codes ?

      • szarpank

        On very simple way: Open the subtitle file with notepad, and click to “save as”, and you can choose an unicode format.

    • Nas P

      Thank you Yasin, this totally worked and such a simple solution too. I am forever in your debt. Well, not really but I do think you’re awesome.

    • nancy

      how to change dese codes… e.g i hav got srt files (subtitles files)

    • nancy

      plzz rply soon…

    • nancy

      ya i got it.. now plz tell me wat is d significance of other unicodes lyk…unicode big endian etc..

      • Ankit

        U can use only unicode that will also work ☺

  • pkvk

    i can only get subtitles to work with avi not mp4. any ideas? same names, in same folder, even tried converting to UTF-8 and Unicode but can’t get it to read. I’m running a UN46D6000 and accessing files on a NAS

    • Abhishek Prakash

      can’t say for sure. it does worked with mp4 the last time checked.

      • abhishek

        When I use the same method on Toshiba Tv the subtitles run very fast.

  • king

    how to know if your tv is advanced enough to read subtitles?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      thats a good question.. frankly.. I am not sure.. ideally it should be mention in the manual of your TV that I can read subtitles from external files.

  • S

    I love you, thank you, this worked perfectly.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome …

  • Ririe Dan Edo

    Any idea the filename to display the movie cover image file? I tried the .jpg / .png but not working.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Never thought of that. May be i’ll try to do it and will update if I find a solution.

  • wien

    my subtitles are usually about 1-2sec slower than the actual movie! ..any way to fix this?

  • anand

    Thank You very much…………… works on LG TV also

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Anand

  • mohamed lukmanul hakeem

    Hello can you please explain to me about “The extension is different” I really can’t understand. Thank you.

  • Alamgir Akanda

    I am not getting subtitle while watching .mp4 HD video files on my Sony Bravia HS-855 46-inch TV. As you advised, I have put .srt file on the same folder where video clip exist. But is not working.

    Please help me in getting subtitle on Sony Bravia HS-855 46-inch TV.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Please check the name of the folder, video file and subtitle file. They need to be exactly same.

      • Alamgir Akanda

        The name of the folder, video file (MP4) and subtitle file (.SRT) are the same. Please check and advise whether subtitle will really be displayed for .MP4 or .AVI files on Sony Bravia HX-855 3D internet 46-inch TV.

  • deepak verma

    Thanks. Giving the same name to files worked!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome Deepak.

  • zahoor

    what video format use in USB in LED TV

    • Abhishek Prakash

      .mp4 and .avi

  • Prasan

    Great it works…… changing folder names n file names even for mkw formats

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Riyan

    Yes! It works! Thank you very much. It worked on our LCD Samsung Series 4. 😀

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • mitza

    worked… ty dude

    • Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome.

  • EricLimC4eva

    thx man, appreciate it :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • Helen Alexandrou

    Hi, We bought a smart tv Samsung series 5, but we cannot get it to play the subtitles….on our pc’s they play fine, but on the tv they dont….we have followed all the below instructions but still no subtitles….any advice ???

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Helen,

      If you follow the steps, that is to name the folder, video file and subtitles file exactly the same, and subtitles file in the same folder as the video file, it should work.
      Of course, it also depends the type of video file. Which video format are you playing?

      • Helen Alexandrou

        the video files are playing properly with Mp4 video format.
        Unfortunately srt and ttx format on subtitle files are not working

    • cyrhill

      we have the same unit and it works just follow and you’ll get it

  • ConkiZ

    Thank you, worked perfectly :)

  • Abdallah Nader

    i tried that it didnt work my video formay is mov even if subtitles show like sub 1, sub 2, sub 3 but with no showing on the screen, why??

  • brsinha

    Thank you so much Abhishek… it worked like a charm.. I was having this problem for quite some time. I guess internet is thriving because of people like you.. Thanks again..

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Thanks for the kind words :)

  • wolfgang

    Nice tips;but can I maximize the sub???

  • xristos

    tnx so much!!!!

  • LeoLeon69

    Thank you soooooo muchh you just saved me!

    I salute you! My regards from Romania!

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • Ram

    Thanks a ton man. wanted to show some movies for my wife and needed subs badly. the same title names worked. :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Ram.

  • Agus

    Thank you for the tip! It really helps.

  • justme

    how to add different subtitle language to a movie on a usb ?

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Usually, the subtitles for different language are in separate files. So it would be easy to just use that file.

  • Anatolia

    Hi, I only have one MP4 file per film when I rip from my DVDs with subtitles (i.e. no separate .srt file). This works fine for showing subtitles on my PC but not on my Samsung F4500 TV. Does anyone know why or have a fix for my problem? Many thanks.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      may be using a media server could help. If you are one of the ”do it yourself” type.

  • Ankur

    Thanks Abhishek & Yasin..

    Followings worked like charm !!!

    “If you follow the steps, that is to name the folder, video file and subtitles file exactly the same, and subtitles file in the same folder as the video file, it should work.
    Of course, it also depends the type of video file. ”
    “Just change the ANSI code of your subtitle to UTF-8 or Unicode (both work) and then keep Video file with Subtitle file (both having same names) in same folder.

  • farinz

    it really helps, thanks dude.

  • Ian

    phew! thank you for this article. you saved me man. my dad and I are having troubles watching chinese movies ahahaha.

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Ian :)

  • zoltan

    very helpfull!!! thanks

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Fran

    Thanks Yasin!
    Saving as ANSI did the trick (and with the same name name)

  • necor

    I have a new samsung smart tv. I know that when plahing an avi-file, the
    the srt-file (subtitles) needs to have the same name.
    However, I copied all my (legally bought) dvds to a usb-hard disk,
    as vob files. When I try to load subtitles my tv says there are none — while
    I know they have subtitles, sometimes even in more languages.
    Can anyone help me.

    When playing with a media player I can load the subtitles, but
    the whole meaning of the smart tv is that I no longer need the
    use of a a media player.

    Thank you.

  • Gowtham Saran D

    Dear All,
    Make the movie,subtitle and folder name as same.Then go to Sammy settings there, change the display mode as custom. Now copy the contents to pendrive. Turn on the tv and keep it playing cable programs.During that time insert the pendrive in usb slot of TV. A popup will come. that time open the pendrive through popup and play the movie. It should show you the subtitle for sure. I am following these steps only.Hope this will help.

  • ramanareddy.k

    its working..thank you

  • johnny

    Excellent information…I have to say that at the beginning i was dissapointed because didnt find a solution…But you are amazing! Thank you very much!! ^_^

  • axljohn

    guys, need help even tough im not samsung tv user. i just bought konka led tv. i tried everything that you said but none of them work, so plss help me.

  • andre

    dude, txt file or srt tested

  • Anne

    Thank you very much!!!!! This was very helpful indeed. :)

  • Amruth

    Thanks.. Your Post have hepled me.. Infact it made my day.. :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome Amruth

  • welshcoaster

    Thanks mate, this worked perfectly :-)

    • Abhishek Prakash


  • Sidhu

    Try with unchecking the readOnly check box.

  • aditya

    i had a mkv file with subs embedded in it. it didn’t show on tv. so i added another srt file and did all that is mentioned. it is still not showing. what could be the reason? i have the same tv as you.