Version 2.8 beta is out, UPnP / DLNA in the mix!

Hi guys!

Great news! I have just pushed a beta update for version 2.8, which includes support for UPnP / DLNA. Mizuu will finally be able to scan your UPnP / DLNA shares and start playback of the content on those network shares.

So… Why do you have to be part of the beta test in order to try this out? Well, I don’t have access to an unlimited number of UPnP configurations – and well, there are a lot of them. A lot more than I can test on my own. I need your help to make sure that everything is working as intended.

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This update really only contains changes that have something to do with the added UPnP / DLNA support, so there’s no reason to sign up for the beta test if you don’t care about that stuff. In order to add the new functionality, I had to make a lot of underlying code changes and build upon the work I had already done. A few weeks ago, I announced that the update was postponed a bit – partly because of how extensive these changes were and partly because I had no prior experience with it.

A few notes
  • Some of the stuff doesn’t yet work as expected – and some of it never will. This is due to limitations of the UPnP protocol.
  • Chromecast should be able to play directly from the UPnP links (given the file format is compatible), so any Chromecast-forwarding apps should work.
  • Due to the nature of UPnP links, which use unique ID’s for content, manually identifying unidentified or incorrectly identified content is slightly harder
  • It may break. Consider yourself warned 🙂
Let’s do this!

If you’re not already part of the Mizuu beta test, you can sign up for it using this link. Please provide your feedback as you start testing and please try to be as detailed as possible. Simply saying that “it doesn’t work” really doesn’t help me a lot.

4 Comments

  1. Great work Michell! You continue to impress me.

    I am specifically interested in the potential with regards to Chromecast that this opens up. I won’t be at home for over a month so I can’t use Mizuu right now to test it out, but will this update mean that whenever I press play in Mizuu for a file stored on my NAS, Android bring up a box to give me the option to play via either, let’s say, DicePlayer or Allcast?

    I would much rather use Mizuu than DS Player for Synology DSM, given that Mizuu has a much smoother and more beautiful UI (not to mention Trakt.tv support), but DS Player offers Chromecast support which Mizuu does not.

    You have already repeatedly spoken against integrating Chromecast support in Mizuu, so I guess this would be the closest we’d get? 😛

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    • Yep, you’ll be able to do just that. Mizuu will “pass along” the link to the video on your UPnP share, and the app – Allcast for example – will be able to cast it up on your Chromecast 🙂

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  2. Where’s the d/l link? Thanks in advanced.

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    • All the steps are explained in the link 🙂

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