How to Record Internet TV

Updated April 17, 2017

Many TV shows are available to watch on-demand over the Internet. Websites like,, and network websites like NBC, ABC, and CBS are all sources for Internet TV. In order to watch Internet TV on-demand all you need is a web browser and an active Internet connection. In order to record Internet TV you also need to install video capturing software, in this case Windows Media Encoder 9. As you play Internet TV on your browser, you use your video capturing software to record whatever is playing on your computer screen (which in this case is Internet TV).

Set your screen quality resolution to 800 by 600 pixels with Medium (16 bit) colour quality. Open the "Display Properties" box--right-click on an empty space on your desktop and select "Properties" from the shortcut menu (if you have Windows XP), or "Personalize" (if you have Windows 7 or Vista). If you're using Windows 7 or Vista you also need to click on the "Display Properties" link. Go to the "Settings" tab, enter your new settings, click "Apply."

Turn off your screen saver. Go to the "Screen Saver" tab in the "Display Properties" box, click on the "Screen saver" drop-down menu, and select "None." Click "OK."

Launch Windows Media Encoder. Click "New Session" if the "New Session" dialogue box does not automatically appear. Go to the "Wizard" tab. Select "Capture screen" and click "OK."

Select "Entire screen" when prompted to choose "What do you want to capture," then click "Next."

Click "Browse," navigate to the directory where you want your future recording to be saved, type the name of your new file in the "File name" box, then click "Open." Click "Next."

Choose the recording quality you want (low, medium, or high). Be advised that the higher the recording quality the bigger the file size will be. Click "Next."

Fill out the meta data for your recording (title of the video, and so forth). Click next. Click "Finished."

Launch your web browser. Go to the webpage address where the streaming Internet TV video you want to record is located. Initiate playback of the video, then immediately select pause. Click "Start Encoding" on the Windows Encoder toolbar. Change the view of the Internet video to full screen, then reinitiate playback. Your Internet TV show is now being recorded.

Press "Esc" on your keyboard when the Internet TV show is over. Click on "Windows Media Encoder on your taskbar. Click "Stop" on the Windows Encoder toolbar.


Any video capturing software with screen capturing capability can record Internet TV. You don't necessarily have to use Windows Media Encoder. However, Windows Media Encoder is a safe, free choice. But you can shop around for a different application if you'd prefer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Media Encoder 9
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Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.