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# 177468 3-Aug-2015 14:57
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Could Nathan or Regan comment on why Microsoft has not only finally noticed this piece of abandonware, but actively put out a hit on it? Yes, it's like an incontinent old grandparent, but I don't fancy the family having to get out the mouse and keyboard or change inputs to a different device just to move through the different content on the HTPC.  Are Netflix planning to accelerate the retirement of Silverlight, or is MS just annoyed at the users who can't upgrade to Windows 10?









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  # 1358593 4-Aug-2015 12:12
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Do a Google search.  The speculation is that it is tied to the Silverlight retirement.

Also a more descriptive subject line might get you more attention :-)

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  # 1358598 4-Aug-2015 12:21
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Microsoft is venturing into online streaming business soon. :-P





 
 
 
 


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  # 1358645 4-Aug-2015 12:49
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browsers are rapidly dropping support for Silverlight/Flash-type plugins (the NPAPI model).  Netflix wants to be all HTML5.



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  # 1358666 4-Aug-2015 13:34
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nathan: browsers are rapidly dropping support for Silverlight/Flash-type plugins (the NPAPI model).  Netflix wants to be all HTML5.


Thanks for replying Nathan

When are they going HTML5 only? September perhaps? I wonder how many legacy devices still connect using playready/silverlight per month?

I think I'll run the WMC Netflix client into the ground until Netflix change their API or kill silverlight outright. I've looked at the splendid range of devices that support Netflix today at devices.netlifx.com, sadly none of them have the set of features I am looking for (not having to use a mouse/keyboard in the lounge, or use different inputs on the TV like in the 90s).













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  # 1358711 4-Aug-2015 14:30
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gbwelly:
I think I'll run the WMC Netflix client into the ground until Netflix change their API or kill silverlight outright. I've looked at the splendid range of devices that support Netflix today at devices.netflix.com, sadly none of them have the set of features I am looking for (not having to use a mouse/keyboard in the lounge, or use different inputs on the TV like in the 90s).




Windows 10 has a really nice Netflix app. I use a mouse for it but it can be setup to work with a programmable remote as well.



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  # 1358714 4-Aug-2015 14:37
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Michaelfjs:
Windows 10 has a really nice Netflix app. I use a mouse for it but it can be setup to work with a programmable remote as well.


Yeah, I'm in a bit of a bind, Windows Media Center isn't available for Windows 10, and the 8.1 Netflix app doesn't work with a remote. I think once over the air tv is dead I'll go with a Roku and Plex.










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  # 1358739 4-Aug-2015 14:55
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Michaelfjs:
gbwelly:
I think I'll run the WMC Netflix client into the ground until Netflix change their API or kill silverlight outright. I've looked at the splendid range of devices that support Netflix today at devices.netflix.com, sadly none of them have the set of features I am looking for (not having to use a mouse/keyboard in the lounge, or use different inputs on the TV like in the 90s).




Windows 10 has a really nice Netflix app. I use a mouse for it but it can be setup to work with a programmable remote as well.


Are you sure of that, or have you tried it?  As @gbwelly notes the Windows 8.1 Netflix app (which was great in terms of supporting 1080p video, 5.1 sound, etc) still fell short in its ability to be controlled with anything except a mouse.  And that sucks for a TV user.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1359168 5-Aug-2015 11:07
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timbosan:

Are you sure of that, or have you tried it?  As @gbwelly notes the Windows 8.1 Netflix app (which was great in terms of supporting 1080p video, 5.1 sound, etc) still fell short in its ability to be controlled with anything except a mouse.  And that sucks for a TV user.


I tried it last night. I was wrong.

I remember when Win8 first came out, the Netflix app could be controlled by the keyboard (using the arrow keys) therefore could easily be mapped to a remote.

But it look like that has since been changed, and now trying to control it with just a keyboard is impossible.


It's a shame, because the app 'looks' very nice when displayed on a TV, but you still need a mouse to do anything useful.


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