Radio in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions

With the right equipment, you can play FM radio in Windows Media Center. For more information about finding radio stations and playing them, see Listen to radio in Windows Media Center.

Here are answers to some common questions about playing FM radio in Windows Media Center.

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What do I need to play FM radio in Media Center?

You'll need an FM tuner connected to or installed in your computer and an antenna connected to the tuner to receive a signal. FM tuners are very similar to TV tuners—in fact, many TV tuner cards have an FM tuner built in.

Why doesn't my FM radio play?

It might be for one of the following reasons:

  • Media Center is tuned to a frequency that is not available or has a weak signal.

  • Your antenna isn't connected to the right input on your tuner, or the antenna signal is being blocked by something. Make sure that your antenna is connected to the input for FM radio (usually labeled "FM" on the device), and that it's positioned in such a way that it can receive over-the-air signals.

  • Your tuner has not been set up in Media Center. To set up your tuner, do the following:

    1. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click General, click Windows Media Center Setup, and then click Set Up TV Signal.

    2. Follow the steps on the screen to set up your tuner. The radio option should appear on the start screen after the tuner is set up.

  • The drivers for your tuner hardware might not be installed or up to date. For more information, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly.

Why did the FM radio stop playing unexpectedly?

It might be because the tuner is needed to record a TV show. Most FM tuners are also TV tuners, and the hardware can only handle one signal at a time. For example, if you're listening to FM radio and the TV tuner is needed for a scheduled recording, the tuner will drop the FM signal and switch to the TV signal.

If you have a Media Center Extender connected to your computer, someone in another room might have tuned to a TV show or an FM radio station on the Media Center Extender.

Why doesn't fast forward or rewind work when I'm playing FM radio?

Media Center doesn't support fast forward or rewind when playing FM radio. Instead, you can click the Skip BackwardPicture of the Skip Backward button button go back a few seconds and the Skip ForwardPicture of the Skip Forward button button to move ahead.

Why can't I see the option to play FM radio on the start screen?

If you have recently installed or connected a tuner that supports FM radio, Media Center might not know it's there. You'll need to set up the tuner before the option for playing FM radio will appear on the start screen.

  1. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click General, click Windows Media Center Setup, and then click Set Up TV Signal.

  2. Follow the steps on the screen to set up your tuner. The radio option should appear on the start screen after the tuner is set up.

Where can I find Internet radio stations in Media Center?

You can find available Internet radio services in the Extras section.

To see a list of available Internet music services

  • On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Extras, click Explore, and then click Music + radio. (Some of these services require a subscription.)