Watching Movies on Microsoft Surface RT: Basic Tips

Here are a few tips for movie lovers who have already handed on Surface RT tablet and those that are about to buy the Windows 8 Tablet for entertainment.

Microsoft built a PC for the post-PC consumer and chose to power it with a limited operating system called Windows RT. The tablet feels strong and well-built, includes Office 2013, and rich video and music services with innovative, elegant, powerful, and versatile Metro interface. Its keyboard cover accessories are the best ways to type on a tablet, period. The RT based Surface sports a 10.6-inch screen which affords it a true 16:9 aspect ratio at a screen resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. This aspect ratio matches most movies and TV shows, eliminating the need for black bars to appear at the top and bottom of the screen. Overall, the Surface RT tablet is really ideal for movie and TV shows watching.

There are a few tips for movie lovers who have already handed on the Windows 8 tablet and those that are about to buy the Surface RT Tablet for entertainment.

  • No Windows Media Player

The Surface RT lacks a powerful video playback solution. Microsoft didn’t include Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center in Windows RT. Fans of sideloading content, however, may find themselves disappointed.

  • Xbox Video plays video from store and microSD card

Launch the video player app and it immediately loads the Xbox Video store. This app can playback movies loaded on the internal storage or microSD card, but it’s primarily designed to be a video store. And like the Xbox dashboard it emulates, there are ads here too.

  • Movies are tad pricey than on Amazon

Xbox Video offers a good selection of movies but they’re a tad pricey like on iTunes. The Avengers in HD costs $20; it’s $15 on Amazon. A single HD episode of The Walking Dead costs $2.99 on Xbox but $1.99 on Amazon.

  • Ready for playback of 16:9 movies

Surface RT’s 10.6in, 1366-by-768-pixel display seems designed specifically to watch movies with the 16:9 screen. With a 16:9 display aspect ratio, the 10.6-inch can play a looping HD video for more than 9 hours before pooping out entirely. While movies shot in Scope (2.35:1) will still display with black bars, they’re not nearly as all-encompassing as when watching the same movies on an iPad with its 4:3 aspect ratio screen.

  • Play 720p HD videos from microSD card

The included video app is very limited but it did manage to playback 720p .avi files off of a microSD card. Other than avi, the Windows Surface RT also supports .mp4, .wmv and .asf format. The windows 8 tablet can decode H.264, H.263, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VC-1 and DV codec.

Note: Microsoft Surface can’t play video files from certain locations! Moving them locally sorted it out.

  • MKV, MPG, VOB, TiVo, MTS formats not supported

MKV format is not supported by the default Video Player. Yet you can get an HD Video Converter for the Microsoft Surface (See: how to convert MKV for Surface) – by converting MKV, MPG, VOB, TiVo, MTS to MP4 or AVI, you can play any videos on the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet.

Your DVD and even Blu-ray Disc collections can also be ripped to Windows tablet. If you need convert both HD video and discs (BD and DVD), the money-saving bundle Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate is the best choice.

P.S. If you have no idea about Surface file transfer, you can check out the post The Ways Transferring Files to Your Surface to learn more.

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