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Playing InterActual DVDs Under Linux? 30

marat asks: "This Thursday our HMV store had (what I thought was) some kind of sale of well-know DVD titles starting from $5 a piece, however after I brought about $200 of them home I discovered that Kaffeine (xine frontend) refuses to play them. Closer inspection revealed small 'Please use with DVD video player' notice on each cover. More elaborate piece of paper enclosed -inside- stated that I have to download and install something called 'InterActual Player' if I want to watch this disk on the PC or Mac. The disks have the 'DVD video' symbol on them, and I don't have any other DVD player nor TV set at home, nor place to put it. Besides, I prefer my 19" monitor anyways. I didn't find the solution myself, that's why I'm asking the Slashdot crowd two questions: How can I play this stuff under Linux? What should I do if they refuse to accept opened cases back? (for semi-legal advice, please take into account that I'm in Tokyo)."
"I've also learned that:"
  • Linux is not even mentioned on their site
  • It looks like this piece of software is not even free
  • Some people believe it is spyware and, finally...
  • There are numerous problems making it work."
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Playing InterActual DVDs Under Linux?

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    But have you tried "mplayer" ?
  • ... Try ogle.
    On gentoo emerge ogle-gui.
    I've played Interactual dvds with it just fine.
    I use it for every DVD, and it doesn't even as much as garble an error message for my Shrek dvd (interactual enabled!)
    give that a shot and then email me if nothing seems to work.
  • by thephotoman ( 791574 ) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @12:31AM (#14014033) Journal
    Really, what you need is the libdvdcss2 package, the piece of code that made DVD Jon famous. Install that, and you really should be able to play those DVDs in any player you want.

    The easiest way to get them, from my experience, is to download and compile MPlayer from source, but if you use Debian or Ubuntu, it's apt-gettable.
  • by Firewheels ( 252266 ) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <lfsleehwerif>> on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:16AM (#14014162)
    The InterActual player has absolutely nothing to do with the DVD's content, other than to allow otherwise software-deprived windows users to view the disk. An InterActual DVD is just like any other css-disabled disk.

    Spyware? Maybe. Annoying? Definately.

    MPlayer, Ogle, Xine, all should work as long as they're built against libdvdcss or similar.
  • by FlashBuster3000 ( 319616 ) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:35AM (#14014212) Homepage
    I've learned if nothing else works vlc will just work fine.
    It's missing some usability but it has all the codecs built-in and it actually played everything i didn't get to work with others (on windows as well as linux).

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ [videolan.org]
  • Here's what you do (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kichigai Mentat ( 588759 ) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:40AM (#14014223) Journal
    ...'Please use with DVD video player' notice on each cover. More elaborate piece of paper enclosed -inside- stated that I have to download and install something called 'InterActual Player' if I want to watch this disk on the PC or Mac. The disks have the 'DVD video' symbol on them...
    Well, I'm assuming there's a "video_ts" directory on the disc, so it should be standard DVD spec. Just try MPlayer. It's played every DVD I've thrown at it, ever. You'll have to compile it from source, but it's worth it.

    ...What should I do if they refuse to accept opened cases back? (for semi-legal advice, please take into account that I'm in Tokyo)."
    Well, I'm going to assume that Japan has similar laws to the US, as far as consumer protection. They cannot sell you something that isn't what it claims to be. I.E. if they sell you a Standard Definition TV, and the box says it's High Definition, you are allowed to return it. I'm also going to assume that this place allows you to return defective discs.

    As far as I'm aware, the only discs that can legally bear the DVD Video logo are those that are true DVD spec. If these discs aren't DVD spec, then pretty much say that these discs aren't what they claim to be, or are defective.

    • Linux is not even mentioned on their site
    Yeah, they don't have any Linux support.
    • It looks like this piece of software is not even free
    It is free.
    • Some people believe it is spyware and, finally...
    It's not spyware, but it is hard to get rid of on Windows systems (pretty easy on Macs though)
    • There are numerous problems making it work.
    It is kinda buggy.

    The InterActual player is just an over glorified DVD playing program, there's really very little about it that's special, and I can't think of a single reason you'd need it.

  • Marat, I'm sorry this comment is not going to help you much, I'll just address the slashdot crowd..

    When is "enough" going to be "enough"? Despite DVD logo's and all that, there's a load of problems playing this crap since they want to control you.

    The only thing left to do is to stop buying any DVD or CD until the industry grows up.

    And let them know. Loudly.

    • Believe it or not, not everyone shares the same priorities as you do. I also find it amusing that you chastise the entertainment industry for wanting to control people while at the very same time you are trying to control the submitter. I suppose it's OK if you do it, though, right? Would it be better if he pirated everything, too?

      If people are ever going to take the F/OSS community at large seriously, we must stop this blatant hypocrisy in our members. Yes, things need to change (and DRM in general sho
      • I also find it amusing that you chastise the entertainment industry for wanting to control people while at the very same time you are trying to control the submitter. I suppose it's OK if you do it, though, right? Would it be better if he pirated everything, too?

        You won't hear me calling foul if he decides to ignore me. I'm perfectly happy if he says "fuck you, I'll continue buying because that's what I like to do."

        In other words: if he doesn't share my priorities, I won't care - that's fine with me.

        I won't
    • Just curious... where do you get your DVD's? How about your CD's? Do you boycott every little thing that upsets you because you refuse to compromise and accept that corporations are out to make a profit, and that they usually don't impose difficult restrictions on our lives? Sure, DRM in general in complete bull, but not from their viewpoint. Hell, even the Sony/BMG music "rootkit" turned out to work in favor of the gaming community, and has plenty of other uses... It all depends on how you look at it
      • Just curious... where do you get your DVD's? How about your CD's?

        Nowhere. I stopped buying them. That's because I didn't sleep through economics. Remember "supply and demand"? There's no demand anymore, at least not from me. I am, as you say, "working around" the problem, I've found other things to entertain me.

        he just had to download a second media player. Problem solved.

        Short term: yes. Long term: on the contrary, he just made the problem worse.

  • Fix your player (Score:4, Informative)

    by Andy Dodd ( 701 ) <atd7NO@SPAMcornell.edu> on Saturday November 12, 2005 @12:18PM (#14015802) Homepage
    As others mentioned, pretty much any Linux-based DVD player will treat an InterActual disc like any other DVD if the player is set up properly.

    I agree with the other posters that seem to think you haven't installed a CSS library.

    In addition to the previously mentioned players, xine is my personal favorite.

    It's no wonder their website doesn't mention Linux at all, considering there is only one 100% legal Linux DVD player, and you can only obtain it with one of two no-name commercial distros. (I forget which two...) That said, while libdvdcss isn't technically legal in the U.S., everyone uses it.

    BTW, thank you DVD Jon! :)

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