Your quick reply is appreciated.
I ran the Primary program and used all of the possible options, nothing positive changed. I removed the card and ran a full HWClear for the drivers and re-installed it physically and updated all the drivers. Still nothing changed.
I tried recording another segment and again, though I could watch the video on WinTV it didn't play back with Windows Media Player or Quicktime but I noticed the file had a thumbnail depicting part of what I recorded. I opened it with Goggle's Picasa and the piece played back fine. Is there something like a CODEC needed for WMP?
My final question is this- when I do burn these files to disc (likely using the Corel DVD authoring software) can I be certain they will play in a standalone DVD player?