How Can I View Amazon Instant Video (WMV) on Microsoft Surface RT tablet

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    The Microsoft Surface RT tablet plays WMV videos, but not your movies purchased from Amazon Instant Video, which are also saved in .wmv format as you download them from Amazon. This is because the Amazon Instant Videos are protected Windows media that can only be played in the Amazon Unbox Video Player or on a Kindle Fire tablet. In order to play downloaded Amazon movies on Microsoft Surface RT or other Windows 8 tablets, you have to remove the protections and turn the Amazon movies and TV shows into free contents. This article aims to give you some brief introduction of how to convert Amazon movie purchases to play on Surface RT tablet.

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    Convert Amazon movies and TV shows to Microsoft Surface RT playable videos

    Preparations:

    1. Get Pavtube ChewTune- the DRM video converter – installed on your PC.

    2. Download Amazon Instant videos to local hard drive

    3. Install Amazon Unbox Video Player.



    Converting/Transfer Amazon Movies and TV shows to Microsoft Surface RT

    Step 1. Drag and drop the movies from Amazon movie library to the software. Or click “Add” button on the main interface to import Amazon instant videos.

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    Step 2. Click “Format” and select an output format for Microsoft Surface RT. Here I suggest you choose "Windows > Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)" as the output format.

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    3. Click “Convert” to export DRM-free movies. The conversion proceeds as Unbox Video Player plays the movies. So DO NOT turn off Unbox Video Player until the conversion is completed.

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    When conversion completes, click “Open” to locate the DRM-free movies, and copy them to Microsoft Surface RT from computer.

    How to download Amazon Instant video to Windows/Mac computer:

    All of the videos you buy from Amazon Instant Video are stored in Your Video Library. To download a video from Your Video Library on Amazon.com:

    Visit Your Video Library.
    Sign into your account if prompted.
    Click the video you want to watch.
    Choose Download to see a list of download locations and available copies of the video.
    If you select Download for offline viewing, choose a download location from the pull-down menu and click Download Now.

    For people who also want to rip Blu-rays and convert MKV, MTS, MPG, TS videos to Asus Vivo Tab RT, the money-saving bundle is the best choice.
     
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    Remove DRM from iTunes M4V and Sync iTunes library to Surface RT and Pro

    This article will show you how to get music, movies or TV-shows purchased from iTunes to Microsoft Surface RT for smoothly playing.

    Q: I just bought a new Surface tablet and I am wondering if I could play music files I purchased on iTunes on my Surface RT? I have searched around the internet but I haven't got a specific answer to this question. Besides, the movies and TV-shows I have purchased on iTunes will be playable on my Surface RT?

    A: Before answering your question, keep in mind that the Windows RT based Surface tablet can not play any iTunes purchases with Apple Digital Rights Management (FairPlay DRM). However, all iTunes songs (at least in the US) will be DRM-free in steps since April 7, 2009. From my experience, if the song isn't copy protected it should play. For the little copyrighted iTunes songs, in .m4p format, you can upgrade these songs to DRM-free files for US$0.30/song or use DRM removal software to strip DRM from them free of charge.

    For iTunes videos, if they are video podcasts from iTunes, you can play them on your Surface RT without any problem. But if they are Movies, TV-shows or Music videos which you purchased directly through iTunes store, they are all with DRM protection. DRM can not stop you transferring iTunes video purchases to Surface RT, but the videos will say "this file is not supported" or "this video can't be played" when you play these iTunes movies/TV shows on the Surface RT tablet.

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    In order to play iTunes video files on Microsoft Surface RT, you have to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert iTunes M4V files to Surface RT compatible video formats(MP4 with H.264 video codec is highly recommended). To get the work done, a DRM Removal software is needed. If you're looking for ease-to-use, just check out Pavtube's ChewTune, which is an intuitive and stable DRM converter to help you remove DRM protection from iTunes, Amazon, Zune, BBC iPlayer, Napster, Blockbuster, etc. and convert videos to all popular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc. for playing and sharing anywhere you like. Meanwhile the playback of the converted videos is as decent as possible as original. The equivalent Mac version is the ChewTune Mac, which can convert and transfer iTunes movies to Surface RT on Mac OS X. Free download the right version and enjoy your iTunes M4V movies on Microsoft Surface RT without any hassle!

    Download iTunes to Surface RT Converter:

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    Convert, Transfer and Play iTunes movies on Surface RT

    The quick start guide below uses ChewTune Windows screenshots. The way to encoding iTunes M4V to Surface on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.

    Step 1: Add iTunes movies to the software. Launch the DRM converter and click "Add Video" "Add Folder" to load the iTunes video files to the program for converting. You can also simply drag and drop media files to the source pane to add. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.

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    Step 2: Choose the output video format and output folder. Click "Format" bar and move mouse to "Windows" column, you can easily find the profile of "Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output videos could fit on Surface RT or Pro perfectly.

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    If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. For watching videos on the Windows RT based Surface Tablet, 720p with 1500~2500kbps is just all right. I found that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

    Step 3: After above steps, just click "Convert" to start removing iTunes DRM protection and converting iTunes M4V to Microsoft Surface RT MP4 videos.

    Once the process completes, download and transfer the DRM-free iTunes videos to your Surface RT Tablet via USB cable. Then you are free to enjoy and watch iTunes movies on Microsoft Surface RT as you like.

    And yes, this workaround works with Windows 8 as well, of course. Click here to get known the basic tips for watching movies on Microsoft Surface RT.

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