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UPnP video clients

I've been running the 0.21-fixes weekly builds of MythTV front-end from 
the Mythbuntu guys on an Ubuntu desktop, and it has developed a 
persistent problem of hanging when the show list is being retrieved from 
the back-end ("Watch Recordings")[1].

To work around this until the problem gets fixed, I've been looking for 
a UPnP video client. Having used Canola on my N810 to access MythTV via 
UPnP successfully, I didn't think this would be a big deal...

VNC supposedly has some support to be a UPnP client, but the version 
packaged for Ubuntu doesn't included it. Even the PPA maintained by a 
VNC developer doesn't seem to include it. Supposedly this has been 
remedied for the next Ubuntu release.

I've read mention that Totem can do this, with the help of the 
python-coherence package. I've installed it, and no new plugins or 
options showed up in Totem. I haven't ran across documentation covering 

Most mentions of successful UPnP access talk about using djmount[2], 
which provides a FUSE file system so you can browse a UPnP servers with 
any application. Sounds fine, except it isn't packaged for Ubuntu, and 
more importantly, hasn't been touched since 2006. Usually when something 
gets abandoned like that, something better has come along.

Other UPnP client mentions I see are about Rhythmbox and other music 
players, which I expect are irrelevant to the task of playing videos.

Is there really no main stream Linux media player with UPnP support?

I guess the next thing to try is a port of Canola to Ubuntu that I 
downloaded a while ago, but haven't had any use for.



Tom Metro
Venture Logic, Newton, MA, USA
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