Navigating Windows Media Center
DVDs are inserted into multiple drives, Windows Media Center plays the DVD in
the primary DVD drive. The primary DVD drive is determined according to the drive
letter, meaning that the DVD in drive D will play if drives D and E both have DVDs
inserted into them.
As Figure 25-9 shows, your recorded TV content is organized in much the same way
as it is in Windows Media Player. When you select a recorded TV show by clicking
it, you have the following options:
Plays the recorded TV show. When the show is playing, you can use the con-
trols to manage playback. Click the Stop button to stop playing the show and go
back to the main menu.
Cast + More
Displays information about the cast and the show.
Permanently deletes the recorded TV show from your computer.
Burns the recorded TV show to a data CD/DVD or a Video DVD. See the “Burn-
ing Disks” section for more information.
The Recorded TV option lets you view and manage your favorite recorded TV con-
tent, as well as add TV content to your collection. You can also watch live TV from
this menu. To configure these options, you must have the required hardware. You
need a TV tuner card to watch live TV and a video capture card to record and man-
age your favorite TV shows.
When working with Recorded TV and Live TV, you can add recorded content
already scheduled and recorded for you to use. Each selection offers you the ability
to view the desired content by date recorded and by title. You may also want to view
the scheduled content to be recorded by the system so that you can see what pro-
gram will be recorded and the date and time of the scheduled recording for editing or
Microsoft was nice enough to include some sample recorded content for you to view.
You can also add content you want to record, view scheduled recordings, and view
your collection of recorded content. You can view your content by thumbnails, the
date of the video recording, or the title of the content. Selecting any one of the
thumbnails listed will bring up the Movie Details menu, which allows you to play the
recorded show, view information about the cast, delete the recorded show, or burn
the recorded show to a CD/DVD.
The Live TV menu allows you to view live TV. If you want to use this feature, you
must have a TV tuner card installed in your machine. The submenu options avail-
able in this section include Recorded TV, Live TV, Guide, and Movie Guide, all of
which give you flexibility when managing and searching your TV content.