The Surface is something different from other tablets. It’s been said that Microsoft built the Surface to show up HP, Dell, and the rest of the personal computing establishment. It is, in short, the physical incarnation of Microsoft’s Windows 8. Microsoft built a PC for the post-PC consumer and chose to power it with a limited operating system called Windows RT. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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 - 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.