I'm not sure what the format of your "free movie from satellite". I suspect you recorded this using your TV tuner card to MPEG format.
In order to play on a tabletop DVD player, you must burn a DVD video disc. You will know your burned DVD disc has the correct format because you'll see two folders, audio and video, and several files in the video folder (VOB, IFO, BUP).
The file that you downloaded must be encoded to DVD video format, then burned to the DVD disc. Vista cannot do this. You must use an encoding program. Your TV tuner software may be able to do this, but you'll need to consult the instructions.
Otherwise, Nero is a good encoding and disc burning program.
I can burn DVD-RW's and DVD+r's OK but it won't play in either of my DVD home theater players, even though the manuals for both players say that it will. The players are one year old Sony's.
I downloaded a free movie from satellite into my documents via a TV tuner card. It will play both disks OK in my computer.
I have Windows Media Center which won't allow recording because it says it?s copyright protected.
I also have Roxio Creator and ImgBurn in addition to whatever ships with Dell but they won't work for me either.
My Dell shipped with a TSST Corp. DVD+-RW, TS-H653B ATA device if that helps any. It's about 18 months old.
I manually selected 'master' recording over 'live file system', which is, as I understand it, the default mode for Vista, since that is supposed to finalize the disk.
My system is a Dell 420XPS desktop with Windows Home Premium OS.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!?!? ****