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.

Items you will need

  • DVD player
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Lint-free cloth

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