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[Fixed] Apple DVD Player "Not Permitted" Error on Mac

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When you insert a DVD into the computer and get ready to enjoy a good movie, the DVD player unpleasantly stops reading the DVD and pops up a "Not Permitted" error messages. And the supposed-to-be leisure movie night is now turning into endless troubleshooting & online searching. So today we're going to talk about how to fix "Apple DVD player not permitted" error when playing a movie.

1. If DVD Player on Mac Not Permitted Certain DVDs

"When commercial DVD (NTSC) inserted into MacBook Pro DVD Player, 'Not Permitted' and "Supported Disk Not Available" error messages are displayed when I attempted to play the DVD. DVD plays normally when inserted in a different player."
"Some brand new DVDs just purchased will not play...it opens to the first screen, freezes on the title (there is no menu on the DVD) with the words 'PLAY' in the bottom right corner and when I press play or skip or anything, it reads 'Not Permitted'".
"I have a disc that is region 2 and my dvd player says 'Not Permitted' when I try to change it to region 2."

If the DVD player not permitted part of your DVDs, but worked well with others, there are two reasons.

First, the DVD protection is not supported:
The most common protection is the region code. Commercial DVDs are protected with respective region codes based on different areas. If Apple's DVD player doesn't match the disc's regions, it will not permit the playback of the disc (Apple DVD player can change its region for 5 times only). In addition, DVD players are designed to cope with common protections. But there are some newer schemes that older Macs fail to read.

Second, the DVD type is not supported:
• Brand of DVD - DVDs from Memorex, NoName, and some other unreliable no-name brands are cheap but may cause problems.
• Type of DVD - many older DVD players won't play DVD+R media. You'd better have a newer DVD player.  
• Burn speed - if users burn DVD themselves, you'd better slow down the speed to x2 or max x4, or the DVD player may not permit.
• Bad DVD - the DVD is scratched, damaged or corrupted in any way.

To fix "Apple DVD player not permitted" error due to protection or unsupported disc types, you can convert the DVD into video files for Mac. Considering the two disc characteristics (protection & special types), you can use MacX DVD Ripper Pro.

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Step 1. Run MacX DVD Ripper Pro and insert the disc into Mac disk drive. Ingore Mac DVD player and click the Disc button on the interface to load the DVD info. The program will detect the correct title automatically.

Step 2. Then a window as shown above will pop up asking you to select an output format. To play the output video file on Mac, you can convert DVD to MOV by General Profiles > MOV Video > Done. You can also select other formats like MKV, MP4, HEVC, AVI, iPhone, iPad, Huawei, etc. as you need.

Step 3. Back to the main interface, enable the Safe Mode box on the right lower part. This feature will let you get rid of any ripping errors when converting a "hard" DVD. Then click Run and after minutes, you can play the DVD without DVD player not permitted error on Mac.

2. If Apple DVD Player Not Permitted any DVDs

"Recently my DVD Player is not working properly because, although it opens normally with a DVD I've inserted, I can't get it to play. When I click on the operations, to PLAY, it keeps giving a message 'NOT PERMITTED'."
"My MacBook Pro will not let me play a DVD. Every time I try to play the DVD it says it is not permitted?"

If DVD player on Mac not permitted all the discs you inserted, there is a good chance that something goes awry with the settings. To play DVD on Mac, try the fixes below:

Fix 1: First, click the Apple Menu and go to System Preferences. Click CDs & DVDs and navigate to the drop-down menu to the right of the words "When you insert a video DVD" and select "Open DVD Player".

Fix 2: Open the Finder > click Go in Finder's menu bar > Go to Folder. Type or copy paste "~/LIbrary/Preferences/com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist". Then delete the file "~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.DVDPlayer.plist" and reopen DVD player.

Fix 3: The free space on boot hard disk is very low (lower than 25GB). Manage and delete your data necessarily.

Fix 4: Try another video player like VLC than Mac's built-in DVD player.

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Bella Brown

Bella Brown has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2009. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, Farrah has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market.

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