Although changes in ADSL have led to a change in some customs such as watching movies via streaming with Netflix or Wuaki, there are still many users who do not have this opportunity and keep watching and buying commercial dvds for viewing. In Ubuntu you can see this type of discs and multimedia content but you need special add-ons to see the restrictions that companies impose on the dvd.
So to watch a DVD on Ubuntu we need two things: a dvd player and this software add-on. Once we get this, the playback of these media discs are the same as in Windows or another proprietary system we use.
The package we need is Ubuntu Restricted extras, a package that we find in the official repositories of Ubuntu and that once installed will allow us more things like the use of proprietary sources from Microsoft or playing music with certain drm. To install it, simply type in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
After this installation, if we use programs like VLC, playing a DVD will be very easy and automatic, but there are many people who still do not use VLC because they prefer another type of software. In this case we must also install a sh file that is saved on our hard drive after installation. So, again from the terminal we write the following:
After that the script will run and the Ubuntu programs will be able to use it libdvd libraries which will allow the commercial dvd to be played without any problem. This method is simple and fast as they come in the official Ubuntu repositories and even some will already have it installed so they only need to run the script.
We have long recommended that you install Ubuntu Restricted Extras on Ubunlog for the facilities it provides, including the ability to read commercial DVDs. But this package offers so much more, something many of you will probably have noticed by now, so Why not install it now?