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.
Click on Videos
Click on Add Source
Click on Browse
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)
If your PlayOn.tv server is running, this will now be displayed in the list of available shares. Select your PlayOn server to continue.
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.
To gain access to the YouTube Video Stream from PlayOn.tv, click on the YouTube list item.
Click on the OK button
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.
You can now select the YouTube Source and drill down to the video you require.
In order to view your own Media files from PlayOn.tv on the XBMC, repeat Step 1
Click on My Media (Beta).
Select Video from the List.
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.
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.