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Watching and Recording Movies with Windows Vista Media Center

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Mark Edward Soper gets you started with the DVR recording functions of Windows Vista as well as DVD playback.
This chapter is from the book


  • How to Find Your Favorite Movies Your Way
  • Introducing the Movies Guide
  • Watching a Movie from the On Now Menu
  • Using the On Next Menu
  • Using the Genres Menu
  • Using the Top-Rated Menu
  • Using the Search Tool
  • Recording Movies
  • Watching Recorded Movies
  • Watching a DVD Movie
  • Creating a DVD Library with My Movies 2
  • Watching Blu-Ray Movies in WMC

Windows Media Center (WMC) can bring the magic of movies to your PC, whether you use it to watch or record movies on TV or to enjoy films from your DVD collection. By adding third-party software, you can also enjoy Blu-Ray discs in WMC.

How to Find Your Favorite Movies Your Way

WMC makes it very easy to find the films you want to watch live or record for future enjoyment. Choose your favorite method from the TV + Movies menu (Figure 5.1):

  • To find movies by viewing time, genres, or top ratings, use the Movies Guide menu.
  • To find movies by title, keyword, category, actor, or director, use the Search tool.
  • To play movies on DVD, use the Play DVD menu.
Figure 5.1

Figure 5.1 Movie-watching selections are found on the right side of the TV + Movies menu.

Later in this chapter, I’ll also show you how to add a plug-in that enables WMC to play movies you’ve stored on your hard disk and how to get support for Blu-Ray movies. However you like your movies (live, recorded, on DVD, on hard disk, or Blu-Ray), WMC has the best seats in the house ready for you.

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