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.