How to activate DVD playback on (K)Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)

There are of course (silly) IP problems with DVD encryption/decryption. You may well find that your multimedia player refuses to open discs, and/or gives errors like this when you run it from the command line:

main input error: ES_OUT_RESET_PCR called

Open source systems like Linux get around these by various means that mean a bit of hassle for you, the poor end user. I hope these instructions make fixing the problem straightforward for you.

If you haven’t already, install a multimedia player like VLC or Dragon Player.

First, install Ubuntu Restricted Extras:

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Then run the DVD decryption installation script:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

Now you should be able to drop in and play a DVD.

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