How to Play DVD-R Discs

by Cassie Skelley
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DVD-R or Digital Video Disc - Recordable discs are blank DVD discs that can have content such as movies recorded to them. DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW and other DVD formats are different types of DVD layering for the disc. These formats are all recognized by most all DVD players. After you have burned a movie to a DVD-R disc, playing it is easy.

Step 1

Insert the DVD-R disc into your DVD player.

Step 2

Press the close button on your DVD player to close the DVD tray.

Step 3

Press "Play" when the DVD-R disc loads with your movie.

Double-click on a media player program icon if playing the DVD-R disc on your computer and go to "File" and "Open." Browse for your DVD-R disc and click on it. Press "Play" to play the movie.


  • If the disc does not play, remove it and clean it by rubbing a small drop of soap on it. Rinse the DVD under water and wipe it dry from the center to the outside edge using a soft lint-free cloth.


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About the Author

Cassie Skelley has been writing articles about computers, electronics, video games and personal care for the Ikana Kai newsletter and Bon Losee Beauty College since 2005. Skelley majored in biology at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and in cosmetology at Bon Losee.

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