I have been experiencing similar problems with 'Error starting playback, connection lost, cannot reopen' within Australia. However I don't have any problems with the xbmc plugin (I think they've moved from RTMP to HTTPS):
In June we got to "have to wait for offbyone" to update online videos so we can fix the https issue. If you remember we confirmed thatcthe addressing was the same as the kodi/xbmc version but still didnt work.
So with that i stopped and put shortcuts on the destop. So now i jump out of mp to make them play.