How To Burn A Recorded TV Show in Windows Media Center

Many people out there that have Windows Vista and Windows 7 based computers have never tapped into the Windows Media Center component that is right under their noses.

Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is a software component that is included FREE in Windows 7 Home Premium, Ultimate, Professional, and Enterprise; and in Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. By using the Windows Media Center component, an inexprensive TV card (or TV adapter) and a broadband internet connection, you can turn your computer into a very powerful media center where you can watch regular TV, watch Internet TV (and online video), play music, play internet radio; AND, play (and manage) your personal video and photo collection.

Also included in Windows Media Center is a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) where you can record your favorite TV shows (for later playback). The recordings are stored directly onto the hard drive of your computer where they can be managed and played directly from Windows Media Center.

imageA question that I recently was asked; “Can you burn (or save) the recorded TV shows to a DVD in Windows Media Player?”.  The answer is a straight out YES and the steps to perform this task is reflected below. If you never experienced Windows Media Center, you can read more about it [ HERE ] .

You can burn recorded TV shows or other video files that appear in your media library in Windows Media Center to a DVD that you can play in a DVD player or on your computer.

When you burn video files to a DVD, the files are converted so that you can play them in a standard DVD player. Burning a TV show to a DVD can take a longer amount of time—the time it takes to burn a TV show to a DVD depends on different factors: the length of the added video files, your computer system resources, and the speed of your DVD burner. – [Source: Microsoft]

  1. Start Windows Media Center. Insert a recordable DVD into your DVD burner.
  2. Click the Burn a CD or DVD notification that appears in Windows Media Center, or, on the start screen, scroll to Tasks, and then click burn cd/dvd
  3. On the Select Disc Format screen, click Video DVD, and then click Next
  4. Using the keyboard, type a name for your DVD, and then click Next
  5. On the Select Media screen, click Recorded TV or Video Library, and then click Next
  6. Click the TV show or video that you want to add to your disc, so that a check mark appears on the selected TV show or video file, and then click Next
  7. If you want to add more video files to the disc, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Add More
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 until you have added the recorded TV shows and videos to the disc that you want to burn.
  9. After you have added all the video files that you want to burn, on the Review & Edit List screen, click Burn DVD
  10. In the Initiating Copy notification, click Yes
  11. After the disc is burned, in the Completing Disc Creation notification, click Done


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7 thoughts on “How To Burn A Recorded TV Show in Windows Media Center

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  1. I tried burning a movie but got a “There is not enough room on the dvd. Please select fewer files”. Is there a way to edit the start and end times? Thanks!


  2. I tried and it recorded but would not play on TV video player; seems to require Windows Player. Would play on both computers that have Windows Player even the old Vista version.


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