area code for playing DVDs

Asked by eneas on 2008-10-02

I just intalled Linux now, Umbutu, and tried to play a DVD. But it doesnt, and I tried many applications like VLC, Kaffeine, Noatun and others.

But when I tried to play a DVD with area code 0, which means no area code at all, than it plays fine. But most of my DVDS are area code 2 and 4.

what should be done?

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Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said : #1

Due to licensing restrictions Ubuntu cannot include the software that decrypts commercial DVDs. You have to install that yourself. See and install libdvdcss.

Play mp3 and dvd under Ubuntu

First please install

You need to have extra repositories enabled...

Please first enable the multiverse repository:

Open System → Administration → Software sources → [ Tab Ubuntu software ]
enable "Software restrictecd by copyright or legal issue ( multiverse )"
Close and confirm the repository reload.

Type the following command in a terminal (applications → accessories → terminal)

sudo aptitude install vlc

To get better dvd playback first you need to add the medibuntu repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
here howto add here the medibuntu available software list

Then to install:

sudo update
sudo aptitude install libdvdread3 libdvdnav4 libdvdcss2

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

Hope this helps

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