Use your Windows 8 tablet as a mobile set-top box [video]

It's amazing what you can do with Windows 8. In this video demo I show how you can convert your Windows 8 tablet into a mobile multimedia set-top box for your TV. You could also turn your tablet into a game console, if you want.

I use an Acer W500 tablet -- running Windows 8 Consumer Preview, of course -- plugged into the TV, without additional power (that's good for about four hours battery life). In this configuration, the Windows tablet is like a mobile set-top box.

What you'll need:

  • HDMI cord
  • Tablet running Windows 8
  • Bluetooth/wireless mouse
  • Wireless Xbox 360 controller
  • BoothTooth keyboard (not required)

Software I use in the demo and where in the timeline you'll find it:

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview (All)
  • Community Codec Pack + Windows Media Player Classic (1:05)
  • iTunes (4:11)
  • Web browser (6:15)
  • PC Game : Flow (9:49)
  • PC Game : Hydro Thunder (11:11)
  • PC Game : Hydro Thunder + Wordament (16:30)
  • PC Game : Angry Birds Seasons (22:19)
  • PC Game : Need For Speed Underground 2 (23:08)
  • Tablet On TV Via Clone Screens + Flow Demo Via Touch to TV (30:59)

Enjoy the video!

Travis Boyko has worked with computers since he was 3 years old. While other children played with toys, he learned DOS commands. He has used every Windows version, as well as Linux, OS/2, OS X, Unix and Windows Server. His software collection goes back to the 1980s and includes original boxes of Windows 1.0, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0, Lotus 1-2-3 and Windows 7 Signature Edition 32-bit and 64-bit full versions.

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