NetflixMCE BETA Now Available!

Greetings Streamers! As promised I have the new Netflix for Windows Media Center app ready for you guys to test. Click here to download the installer.

If you choose to download and test this version I only ask that you provide feedback to me as to how it worked – or didn’t work. Instructions for providing feedback are included in the Release Notes file.

Couple of notes:

  • This is BETA software. It is not finished. It has bugs. It is (probably) not wife-friendly. It may not work like you expect. It may smell bad or scratch your furniture. Use at your own risk.
  • This version DOES NOT replace the native Microsoft/Netflix application. That app will still be there if you should choose to continue using it.
  • This has only been tested on Windows 7 SP1; it ‘should’ work on Windows 8.x as well. Let me know.
  • No – I am not supporting the Windows 10 Media Center hack that is out there.
  • Please – Read the Release Notes BEFORE you install.

OK – that’s it. Start downloading and let me know how you like it; what you don’t and what can be improved.


Windows Media Center Netflix Restore

12/24 UPDATE: On December 8th, Microsoft released an update for Windows Media Center (MS15-134 KB 3108669) that changes how Media Center opens URLs. With this update installed, all URLS open in Internet Explorer- outside of Media Center. It is possible that this update is breaking the Netflix addin- even with my fix deployed. If you wish to continue using the native Netflix addin you may need to remove this update from your system. Otherwise, please checkout my Netflix replacement app currently in BETA.

2/2/2016 UPDATE: The fix below no longer seems to work; While it will restore the native Netflix app – Netflix has updated the Silverlight player and it is no longer compatible with Windows Media Center remote controls. Please check my replacement app above for future Netflix support.

Greetings Fellow Streamers! As many of you are aware Microsoft and Netflix have decided to discontinue support for the Netflix addin for Windows Media Center. This unfortunately meant the removal of the application from all existing installations of Windows Media Center. As I would like to continue to have the seamless streaming experience with Netflix and Media Center I began looking at my options. While my long term goal is to replace the Netflix app with something of my own design, I have put together a ‘fix’ that will restore the native Netflix addin to a Windows Media Center installation. The folks over at The Green Button have come to the same idea for the fix – I just went a step further – isolating the single file needed and packaging it into an easy-to-use installer. The installer will backup the modified file for easy removal if desired.

The new Netflix Fix Utility can be downloaded here:

If the Fix Utility above could not help you then you can try the full Netflix Restore App:

Note: I have only tested this with Windows 7 – so if you have problems with Win 8.x let me know.