in p2011.2 by default installed are gnome mplayer and smplayer.
atolboo advised me to install vlc player in order to properly play live streaming tv broadcasts (netherlands). and, as usual, he was right: only vlc could handle live streaming video without problems.
my questions, out of curiosity, are the following:
1. why is gnome mplayer installed in a kde based distro? can i safely replace it altogether with vlc?
2. what makes vlc play more stable, not only live video streams, but also in playing .mkv containers?
i had a 1.1gb .mkv aniamation
which only could be played using vlc.