How to Watch TV Programming With Windows 7 Media Center

Groovy Windows 7 News, Downloads Tips, Tweaks, Tricks, Reviews, Tutorials, How-To, and AnswersTV Tuner cards are a thing of the past.  All you need to watch high-quality television programming is Windows 7 and a fast internet connection.  Many people have already started watching online using web-based services, but Windows Media Center offers high-quality episodes with a heavy set of features.  No more long commercials, no more unwanted re-runs, just the entertainment you choose right at your fingertips.

Note: Internet TV on Windows Media Center is only available in some countries.  U.S.A. residents should have no issues, however.

How To Watch Your Favorite TV Shows Online Using Windows Media Center In Windows 7

1. Click the Windows Start Menu Orb, then Type in windows media center and Press Enter.

Windows 7 Media Center -open windows media center

2. Click the TV > internet tv button within Windows Media Center.

Note: If this button doesn’t appear/exist, see our groovy article here for a fix.  If the button still doesn’t appear, you can manually override and enter it from this Microsoft Link.

Windows 7 Media Center -click internet tv

3. Click the checkbox and then Click Install.

Windows 7 Media Center check ToS and privacy acceptance and click install

4. The Internet TV download is about 5MB and should take less than a minute on a high-speed connection, so a small amount of patience is needed here.

Windows 7 Media Center - wait for it to finish downloading

5. Welcome to Internet TV!  From here there are a wide variety of shows.  Latest episodes and top-rated series will appear at the top of the window.

Windows 7 Media Center - click watch now to view shows or browse through them

6. Notice the numbered listings to help keep track of how many shows you’ve seen.   They cycle so it can get confusing.

Windows 7 Media Center - numbered listings help you keep track

7. Dexter from the Golden Globe Winners Past & Present is not affiliated with grooveDexter.  Find a show you like and Click Watch Now.

Windows 7 Media Center - dexter does not = grooveDexter

8. Depending which show you chose, the navigation will vary.  The show CSI Miami is part of CBS, and therefore any top navigation link will show you only CBS shows.  This area will also display different options for Full Episodes or just Clips.  If you want to watch the full series, sorry but there are only three episodes here.  Then again, free television isn’t a bad price to pay.

Windows 7 Media Center - many options available on the show page 

9. If it’s your first time watching Internet TV on Windows Media Center, then you’ll need to perform an update.  Similarly to before, just Check the checkbox and Click Update.

Windows 7 Media Center - install internet tv update

10. After the first minutes or so of the show, you’ll see your first commercial!  Don’t worry these commercials are short. <phew>  A timer at the top right of your screen will display how many seconds are remaining in your commercial, these are usually less than 30 seconds.

Windows 7 Media Center - enjoy short commercials

11. If you Click Pause or Hover over your video, you will see the timeline.  You can skip to whatever part of your show you like, instantly.  Puts TiVo to shame. The small white vertical bars designate a commercial point on the timeline.

Windows 7 Media Center - use the slider bar to skip ahead or rewind quickly

12. If you know the exact show you are looking for you can use the Search feature, and it should list all related videos to your show.  Take care as the list will typically display MANY videos unless you designate specific search parameters on the left side of the search screen.

Windows 7 Media Center - how to serach for your favorite shows

Have you had a groovy experience using Windows Media Center?  We’d love to hear your feedback and stories below.  Alternatively feel free to join the open discussion in the groovyPost community forum!



  1. Dustin Kendrick

    April 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I recommend that you go to these places.

    Do you people know of any other places?

    • MrGroove

      April 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

      @Dustin – I’ve seen however I’ve never seen the other one. Do they have good network TV? When I went to the blog looked a little “odd” and not 100% legit. Can’t say I’m very interested in installing any SW on my box. Do you use it?

  2. Nise

    August 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    For months now I can not watch Internet TV or Netflix on Windows Media Center.
    It is a red screen an it wont play. I have tired all the fixes I could find. I had to download an install Kylo browser to be able to watch Netflix an other tv without going to each channnel.

  3. infinityxxi

    September 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    i watch all my tv online. So much better…movies too

  4. Tommy R.Fell

    September 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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  5. Hans Bauersachs

    September 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Typically, the VDR behaves like a normal digital receiver; the picture is sent to a television, and is controlled using a remote control by choosing items from a simple but functional On Screen Display (OSD). While switching channels, an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) provides information such as the title of the current and next show. The EPG can be configured to display the shows of only one station, or of all current broadcasts in “What’s on now?/next?”. Many other options are also available such as: sortable channel listings, a program schedule, timer programming, and a list of pre-recorded shows. Commercials can be removed from pre-recorded shows using the cutting functions.

    My personal tip is the new Mystique SaTiX-S2 Sky , a PCI card, DVB-S2 (HDTV, MPEG4), which seamless integrates into SuSe (my version 11.3) and VDR system. Also tested with Windows 7 Mediacenter (64Bit)


    November 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm


    Acontece que bom, acho que não entendo bem mas não estar disponivel no brasil ou então eu não sei configurar

    segui todos os seus procedimentos instalei os dois softwares atualizei a internet ja fiz de tudo mudei fuzo horario

    regiões idiomas tudo mas não adianta não funciona

    aparece todos os programas de tv onde acho que todos eles são americanos mas quando cliko no programa pra assistir ocorre um erro

    informa que não estar disponivel e pede pra tentar mais tarde.

    Assino o netflix esse só consigo assistir pela internet acessando a conta maas atravé do media center não

    li inumeros artigos vejo videos no you tube os americanos tem essas opções de ver tv apartir do media center os programas ceriados e filmes do netflix

    pra mim só aparece o icone quando clico no filme tambem ocorre erro ao tentar abrir a pagina parece bem uma configuração entre navegador e media center tanto pra internet tv quanto pro netflix

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    January 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm

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