How To Play Movie With Subtitles On Samsung TV Via USB

How to use subtitles on TV

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.

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Hi, I did exactly as instructed - named my movie file movie.mp4 and the subtitle file after saving it in unicode text format, saved both in the same folder on my USB drive, inserted the drive into my TV, but the subtitles did not appear when I played the movie. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Working, but subtitles are not syncronized. I download from different sites

It work, thank you

i have Samsung tv s5 ua50f5500. the movies though USB working perfect withe Arabic subtitle. but though the network in the movies working but without subtitle and some control potions not available.

Thanks man! Been trying to figure it out for months :D you the best !

Thank you. The srt file was in a separate folder so I just saved it beside the mkv file. Thank you so much!!! I've been resigned to the fact that if I use my USB flash drive to watch movies, there was no way to get it to pick up the subtitle file. Horray!

Thanks a lot, that resolved my problem !

Work fine.. excellent info...

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 was so easy.programmes like mkvtoolnix did not work as probably it did not recognise the hdmv/pgs was so basically tvs require subtitles in text format .

Thanks a bunch mate. You are awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee

you are awesome man your trick worked completely on my tv............thanks a million

Abhishek Prakash

Welcome Sukhdev

Thank you so much!

Excellent information.......

It works completely.

Abhishek Prakash


It worked for mkv file too... Thank you very much

Abhishek Prakash

Welcome Vaishali

I works. Thank you very much :)


It works for us too, thank you!!!!

Naming the files the same did not work in my case, I had to remove dots from the filename and then it worked. For example:

The.Book.of.Life.2014.mp4 and didnt work, but when I renamed them

The Book of Life 2014.mp4 and The Book of Life, then it worked like a charm.

Thank you for the great article Abhishek :)

It worked for me too. I just change the make the files name same and TV read the SRT file properly.

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