Can't Stream iTunes Movies to Emby? Solved!

Posted by Fatima Cook on 02/02/2018 18:23:21 PM.

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Q: I'm new to Emby but loving the software and the interface. I'm wondering about the best way to migrate my iTunes library to Emby. Is it possible to stream iTunes movies over to Emby? Cause I tried to copy a couple of movies from the iTunes library into Emby movies library folder, but it can't scan the iTunes movies correctly. Why? What's the proper way to play iTunes movies on Emby?

To help you solve the confusion, we are here to introduce an ultimate solution for you to easily move your iTunes movies to Emby media server for playback.

Emby Server: Your Personal Media on Any Device

1. What is Emby?

Emby, formerly Media Browser, is an open source media server designed to organize, play, and stream audio and video to a variety of devices. The Emby server will automatically convert your personal media on the fly to play on any device. With this smart media player, you can easily manage and control your media files including home videos, music, and photos anytime anywhere, even offline. The Emby mobile apps are available for desktop, mobile and web so that you can install it on Windows, macOS, Linux, NAS as well as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Xbox, Home Theater Computers, and more. Emby can also work as a streaming app. You can grab IPTV feeds and cast them around your home, sign in to some on-demand video services, and even cast via Chromecast to other screens in your house.

2. What to Know about Emby Media Server and iTunes Movies

Although Emby supports a lot of media files, it's totally a different story when it comes to iTunes movies. The difference between iTunes and other common media is that movies you download from iTunes are protected by Apple's FairPlay, a DRM technology used to protect the copyright of the media content. In other words, you need to firstly remove the DRM from iTunes movies in order to stream them to Emby. However, as Emby itself has no built-in DRM stripping feature, it's no easy for you to stream iTunes movies to Emby media server unless you find a reliable 3rd party iTunes DRM removal software that can completely delete DRM from iTunes movies or TV shows.

Solution to Stream DRM iTunes Episodes to TV via Emby Media Server

1. Tools You'll Need

To remove iTunes DRM, here we recommend a well designed iTunes video tool called TunesKit DRM Media Converter for you. It's one of the best DRM removal solutions for iTunes that can convert the DRM-locked iTunes movies and TV shows to lossless MP4, M4V and other common formats so that you can sync the well converted iTunes videos to any device via Emby. Besides, it's able to keep the chapters info as well as original AC3 5.1 Dolby audio, subtitles, etc.

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2. Steps to Remove DRM and Sync iTunes Video to Emby

Now you can follow the instructions below to learn how to use TunesKit DRM Media Converter to unlock DRM from iTunes movies and TV episodes and stream the DRM-free iTunes videos to Emby.

Step 1Load iTunes movies

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Install and open TunesKit on your computer. You can directly drag the iTunes movies from the media folder to TunesKit or click the "Add Files" button to load the movies.

Step 2Set output preferences

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The default output format is Lossless MP4. You can also change that by clicking the Format panel at the bottom left corner. Then you can select the format and other settings in the popup window.

Step 3Start to remove DRM from iTunes movies

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Now click the "Convert" button at the bottom right to begin removing DRM from iTunes movies or TV shows. Wait for a while until the conversion finishes.

Step 4Stream converted iTunes videos to Emby

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Make sure you've installed the Emby server on your computer. Then download the Emby mobile app on your phone or tablet. Log into the account and transfer the converted iTunes media to your playlists and start casting to other devices.


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