How to Play a DVD-RW on a DVD Player

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If you have a DVD-RW, or rewritable, disk that contains home movies, movie files from the Internet or other types of video content, you can play the disk on your DVD player. The only catch, however, is that the DVD player must have the ability to play the DVD-RW format. If you purchased your player in the last few years, chances are greater that you'll have success than if the player was purchased several years ago.

  • Verify that your DVD player is capable of playing disks in the DVD-RW format. Your instruction manual should contain a list of compatible disk-based and file formats that the DVD player can recognize. If the DVD-RW format is not on this list, you cannot utilize a DVD-RW disk with your player.

  • Turn on your television. Turn on your DVD player.

  • Insert the DVD-RW disk into your DVD player. Because the disk was recorded, or burned, on a computer and was not professionally encoded, the player might not automatically load the content on the disk. If the disk doesn't load immediately, press "Enter" or "Play" on your DVD player remote to play the contents of the DVD-RW disc.

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