Burn a DVD on a CD

Without purchasing any special hardware AND without the need to plug my computer to the tv (or vise versa), HOW can I copy a movie onto a CD and play it on my DVD?

suggest you look at the dvd forum, you cannot copy a dvd to cd unless you make it into a vcd or svcd.

As above , with the addition that your standalone DVD player must be capable of recognizing videocd formats.

Could you supply us with a brand name and type number of your DVD player ?