I'm hitting the same bug.

For more information, I'm using the trick given in mplayer's man page to 
prevent xscreensaver to run while watching a movie:
mplayer -heartbeat-cmd "xscreensaver-command -deactivate" file

When playing a movie, I see the following message repeated regularly (I imagine 
every 10 minutes, since it's the delay for the heartbeat, by I've not verified 
xscreensaver-command: not active: idle timer reset.

Might be the same problem as:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xscreensaver/+bug/926064 ?

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  xscreensaver does not respect disable screensaver suppression of

Status in xscreensaver package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  In Ubuntu 13.10 xscreensaver worked perfectly. After upgrading to
  14.04, the screensaver shows up while watching movies in both the
  default Videos application and in Vlc. In both these applications, the
  option to disable the screensaver while watching a movie is enabled.

  When entering in a command screen the following command, the
  screensaver stays away:

  watch -n 10 -t xscreensaver-command -deactivate

  As the xscreensaver package in Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04 is exactly the
  same version, and because this bug shows up in both Vlc and the
  default Videos application, I suspect a bug in another application is
  interferring with the communication so that xscreensaver does not
  receive idle timer reset signals from Vlc/Videos/...

  Can this be fixed? Is there a fast workaround for this annoying bug?
  (At the moment, I just disabled the nice Noflipglo clock screensaver
  on my living room computer)

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