Improve discoverability of 3rd party codecs

Registered by Christian Giordano on 2011-11-28

Improve the user experience for users who do not choose to install 3rd party software as part of the installation or first boot process and subsequently wish to view propriety or patent encumbered media.

Blueprint information

Status:
Not started
Approver:
John Lea
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
Christian Giordano
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
None
Definition:
New
Series goal:
Proposed for precise
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
None

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Specs available at: https://docs.google.com/a/canonical.com/document/d/10gOHKS61SrGX3XoQbY372fKIGDX-HbxYjSYkFHjZwMk/edit?hl=en_US

[nuthinking] Check how Ubiquity and Wubi handle DVD library: TODO
[nuthinking] Review the notes: TODO
[nuthinking] Review DVD user journey with lawyer
[nuthinking] Design CD ripping UX

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Jarl Arntzen 2012-10-22:

See consequences of this problem here:
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/how-to-enable-dvd-playback-in-ubuntu
Specifically how the error message which could simply offer information on how a user could install the necessary codecs (but does not do so).: http://cloudfront.omgubuntu.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/fix.jpg

This error message could simpoly state something like "Could not play DVD due to missing codecs. Click 'OK' to search for a solution in the Ubuntu Software Center"

See also how Michael Martin-Smucker comments this on omgubuntu.co.uk:
'Talk about missing an opportunity... This would be such a great chance to gently push people toward making a purchase in USC, but instead an ugly error message pops up and tries to explain to you why something (seemingly) simple like watching a DVD doesn't work, using words like "encrypted" and "decryption library".'

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