Playing DVD movies on Ubuntu 14.04

I installed ASUS DVD drive and had to figure out how to play encrypted DVDs that were scrambled with Content Scramble System (CSS).

First, I installed VLC player and tried to play video file(s) without success. The following error message was displayed:

libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.2.1
libdvdread: Attempting to use device /dev/sr0 mounted on /media/XX/CATLOW for CSS authentication
libdvdnav: Can't read name block. Probably not a DVD-ROM device.
libdvdnav: Unable to find map file '/home/XX/.dvdnav/.map'
libdvdnav: DVD disk reports itself with Region mask 0x00f00000. Regions: 1 2 3 4
libdvdnav: Suspected RCE Region Protection!!!

Did some googling around and figured out I need libdvdcss package installed – this software package takes care of playing scrambed Content Scramble System (CSS) DVD’s.

I went to and got the latest stable version and installed it with dpkg -i

For Debian Linux you can download .deb package at and install with dpkg utility.

Before downloading and installing libdvdcss package make sure it’s legal for you to download and install this software.

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