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Connecting XBMC to PlayOn.tv using UPnP

PlayOn.tv advertises itself as a DNLA client so therefore any software or devices which can pick up this protocol can access it's content. XMBC has a number of options for connecting to different types of sources whether it be local attached or network based storage and you can use it's UPnP client to connect to the content advertised out by PlayOn.tv.

In the following example, we will add Streaming Video Media (YouTube) Content and also add video content from PlayOn.tv's local file sharing, My Media.

Connecting XBMC to PlayOn.tv

Launch XMBC.

XBMC Main Menu

Click on Videos

 

XBMC Add Video Source

Click on Add Source

 

XMBC Add Video Source Path

Click on Browse

 

XBMC Browse UPnP Share

Click on UPnP Devices.(You may have to slide the bar down on the right hand slide to get to this source, depending on your configuration)

 

XBMC Browse PlayOn.tv UPnP Share

If your PlayOn.tv server is running, this will now be displayed in the list of available shares. Select your PlayOn server to continue.

 

XBMC Display PlayOn.tv streams

You will now be shown a list of all the available streams and Shared Media which is available from the PlayOn Server. You could just click on OK here to add all the content of the Playon.tv server as one source. In this example however we will drill down and add YouTube and My Media (Beta) as separate sources because of the greater flexibility it provides.


XBMC adding YouTube from PlayOn.tv

To gain access to the YouTube Video Stream from PlayOn.tv, click on the YouTube list item.

Adding YouTube as a Source to XBMC from PlayOn.tv

Click on the OK button

SElecting YouTube as a Source for XBMC from PlayOn.tv

You could select OK here and your source would be added. I prefer to rename the source to something I can understand so by clicking on the "Enter a name for this media Source" box, a virtual keyboard will be displayed and you can then type in your source name. In this example, I will renamed mine "YouTube (Playon.tv - LivingRoom)". Select OK when have changed the name of your Source.

 

YouTube Source Added to XBMC from PlayOn.tv

You can now select the YouTube Source and drill down to the video you require.

Select YouTube Video on XMBC from PlayOn.tv Source


Adding My Media Source to XBMC

In order to view your own Media files from PlayOn.tv on the XBMC, repeat Step 1

Accessing Playon.tv My Media content via XBMC

Click on My Media (Beta).

 

Selecting Video directory using PlayOn.tv with XBMC

Select Video from the List.

Selecting a Video Source from PlayOn.tv using XMBC

You can only select All Videos or Folders here as the other don't really work at this stage. Select either of these and then click OK.

 

XBMC PlayOn.tv My Media

You can now click on OK and your Video Content will be available to browse. N.B. The Set Content button above allows XBMC to look up the names of you media sources and put them into its library.For UPnP sources, this doesn't seem to work very well and this is not restricted to just PlayOn.tv as I had problems with FreeNAS, Orb and Tversity to name but a few.

 

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