Ubuntu – How to play DVD with Ubuntu 14.04


I have an external USB DVD drive which works fine with my Win7 laptop; however, when I connect it to my netbook (Ubuntu 14.04), it will not play commercial (encrypted) DVDs.

I have installed the VLC player, libdvdcss2, libdvdread4, libdvdnav4. If I select the no menu option in VLC, I get the message "Playback failure: DVDRead could not read – 1/4 blocks at 0x22a7." VLC does, however, display the name and length of the movie.

This is apparently a software issue since the DVD drive and DVD work fine with WIn7.

Best Answer

Open terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run following command to install require dependencies :

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder libdvdread4 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Restart may necessary.

WARNING: Run encrypted video on Linux is illegal, so make sure its legal on your area.

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Since medibuntu is no longer available, you have to install libdvdcss2 manually :

wget http://download.videolan.org/pub/debian/stable/libdvdcss2_1.2.13-0_i386.deb
sudo apt-get update
sudo dpkg -i libdvdcss2_1.2.13-0_i386.deb

Now encrypted dvd should run perfectly fine