I need to watch a DVD for school, but when I try to watch it in VLC, I get this error:

Playback failure:
VLC cannot set the DVD's title. It possibly cannot decrypt the entire disc.
Playback failure:
VLC cannot set the DVD's title. It possibly cannot decrypt the entire disc.
Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///media/curticegough/PHYSICAL_DVD_3/VIDEO_TS/'. Check the log for details.

If I open it in nautiuls, I get this error:

This location could not be displayed

Sorry, could not display all the contents of “PHYSICAL_DVD_3”: Error 
when getting information for file 
'/media/curticegough/PHYSICAL_DVD_3/VIDEO_TS.IFO': Input/output error

I already know about DRM and what it is, but I don't know how to get around it.

I also already have all of the usual codecs, including libdvdnav4, libdvdread4, gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad, gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly, dvdcss2, ubuntu-restricted-extras and libdvd-pkg.

I also have regionset installed just in case I need to use it for some reason.

How do I play my DVD???

  • Have you tries Ubuntu's video player? Jun 12, 2017 at 19:54
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    @George Yes I have. But that shouldn't matter. VLC should do just as much as Ubuntu's player would and more. Jun 12, 2017 at 20:11
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    Did you sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg after installing the package? Jun 13, 2017 at 16:16
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    @RobieBasak some work, but most of them give the same error. Jun 21, 2017 at 13:26
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    Can you describe how you have eliminated the possibility of a hardware problem? Jun 22, 2017 at 22:31

2 Answers 2


As already someone told you in the comments, you apparently did not type this command after installing the packages: sudo dpkg-reconfigure libdvd-pkg. For a more extensive answer (with screenshots) see How to Play DVD in Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04 and 14.04


According to this site , you must run

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss libdvdread4 libdvdnav4

in a terminal, then open VLC, and open the disc. Keep in mind the the packages are non-free.Also if that doesn't work, try

sudo apt-get install libdvd-pkg

which is the instructions for Ubuntu 15.04 and later according to this site.
You might also want to try a different disc, to check if it is your computer or the DVD itself. Rebooting may also help.

If all else fails, try using something like brasero to create an ISO of the disk, then open the ISO in VLC. Keep in mind that it may take a while.


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