Watching Movies on Surface

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  1. jseltzer

    jseltzer New Member

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    Okay, so I downloaded the Netflix App so I can watch movies via WiFi. But, how do I watch movies when there's no WiFi, like on the Subway? With iPad, I just went to the iTunes store and downloaded for later viewing. Can I do that with Surface?
     
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    If you download movies by "other" methods, you can copy movies to the hard drive. Make sure the movie files are in DIVX format. Not sure what over formats the Video app plays. I've already upload a few The League episodes and about three movies.
     
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    Yep, you can rip dvds and convert them to the proper file formats to play on the tablet. You should also be able to download movies from the Microsoft store (not sure if they have this set up yet) or any other online store, iTunes, Amazon or Google and then transfer that file in the proper format to your tablet. Should play the same way without streaming. Once you buy a movie from any source you should be able to download it and have the file like any other file. Most videos these days should be in one of a few standard formats that the Surface should be able to play. Rentals on the other hand probably wont work because they will be DRMed to a certain eco system so they can expire after a certain time.
     
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    You have two methods available:

    1) You can provide DRM-free content via the ripping/converting route that most people do. Then load the files onto a microSD card or USB storage device for playback/transfer.
    2) Purchase content from the Xbox Live Store, just like you do Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and iTunes. Microsoft just does it a little differently having you buy Xbox Points and use them to redeem for content. For instance if you wanted to buy a copy of The Avengers, it will cost you 1600 pts for HD / 1360 pts for SD. 1600 points cost 19.99. You can buy them online or in the local store wherever gift cards are sold.

    [Complete current prices are:

    400 Microsoft Points - $4.99
    800 Microsoft Points - $9.99
    1600 Microsoft Points - $19.99
    4000 Microsoft Points - $49.99
    6000 Microsoft Points - $74.99
    Or you can buy a code from a store and redeem it]

    Netflix is a streaming-only service. You cannot download for viewing while offline. Amazon, Google and iTunes allow you to buy or rent video and save it for offline viewing IF you use their proprietary apps to handle the DRM decryption. As of now, there is no app available for these services on RT.

    Hope the info helps. I'm learning too. I took a USB thumbdrive full of video to test out the Surface today. MP4 it had no issues with. Matroska (.mkv) it didn't recognize the file.
     
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    I would say don't buy too many points because I read an article that MS is doing away with the points system. Not sure when this will happen.
     
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    Yeah but I guess anyone with points will have them converted back to cash value...I just got 1000 free points for my loyal Zune subscription.

    Now someone needs to launch a WinRT version of VLC or similar so we can view MKV files...
     
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    I seccond the MKV stuff. We need an app for that!
     
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    Here are the movie formats that I've tried on the Surface Video Player App so far.

    - .avi works
    - .m4v works
    - .mp4 works

    - ISO image does not work
    - .mkv does not work
    - .mpg does not work

    All of these play on my laptop on VLC. Hopefully MS & VLC will get together and get us a VLC app real soon.

    Also watching Netflix HD tv shows is awesome because they are the exact same size as the screen with no black bars. It feels like I'm watching on a TV because it looks so good. Good job Microsoft for that part!
     
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    I don't know if the points transition is complete, but the Xbox Video app is now quoting prices in real currency. As an aside, $20 for a DRM movie with no Blu-Ray extras, and there was no physical distribution, no manufacturing to worry about? Yeah I don't think so. Hello USENET?
     
  10. dvdcatalyst

    dvdcatalyst Guest

    All the video-stores use similar pricing, but aside from the pricing, there is a bit more about those darn movies that many people don't realize.

    A few weeks ago, in response of an article on a website that was promoting these types of files, I wrote some thoughts about it in a newsletter:

    DVD Catalyst Newsletter 74 | Tools4Movies | DVD Catalyst 4

     
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