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I have an old computer that I'm wanting to set up in my bedroom, as a HTPC. I want to put netflix on it and be able to control netflix with a remote control. I don't really want to have to use a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse. I can hook the computer up to the TV with ease.

But I'm not sure how to go about getting netflix set up on there and using a single, simple control to watch netflix with. Don't TV tuner cards typically come with a remote control that resembles a typical TV/satellite remote? Will this idea work?
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I would like to know this too. I was going to just a mini wireless KB/trackpad/ball and work it that way.
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Yeah I was looking at those. They have them that are really freakin small, and with a little touchpad mouse attached. But how do you use netflix that way? Is there a netflix PC application? You know, just like they have for the playstation and the Xbox?
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If using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, Netflix is available in Windows Media Center. You need nothing else (well, you could get a WMC remote for around $25).
If your using XP or another OS, you would have to watch it through a web browser.
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A TV tuner is only going to be useful if you wanted Antenna or Cable TV through your computer. It is going to be a waste if you're just going to stream over the net, unless you also want regular TV through your computer. I haven't tried it myself yet but I don't believe media keys (play, pause, stop, next, vol up/down, etc...) work with Netflix so most media center remotes won't be useful either, correct me if I'm wrong.

EDIT: I guess I was wrong, didn't know you could do Netflix over WMC.

I'm assuming the reason you don't want a wireless keyboard and mouse is because of the added bulk? If so, there are a few palm sized wireless keyboards you could consider. I'm using a

for my HTPC, it comes with a small but usable touchpad and the keys are backlit so it's easy to use in the dark. Logitech and Lenovo have similar hand held keyboards.
Edited by skkhai - 10/20/11 at 8:34am
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You could also get a

or http://timbermheay.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/how-to-use-wii-controller-wiimote-as-mouse-in-windows/.
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
If using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, Netflix is available in Windows Media Center. You need nothing else (well, you could get a WMC remote for around $25).
If your using XP or another OS, you would have to watch it through a web browser.


Very nice. That is what I was looking for. I'm trying to avoid the whole keyboard and mouse thing, if I can. Even if they are much smaller than the usual size. However, the old computer I'll be using will actually be running XP. Unless I buy a RAM upgrade for it first. But as long as you can set the browser to be fullscreen easily, I don't think I'll have a problem with that.
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Originally Posted by Bennylava View Post
Amazon.com: Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition: Electronics


Very nice. That is what I was looking for. I'm trying to avoid the whole keyboard and mouse thing, if I can. Even if they are much smaller than the usual size. However, the old computer I'll be using will actually be running XP. Unless I buy a RAM upgrade for it first. But as long as you can set the browser to be fullscreen easily, I don't think I'll have a problem with that.
I was trying to say this earlier, but I don't believe a MCE remote will work with the browser based Netflix player. Navigating the browser based player requires the use of keyboard shortcuts and won't respond to generic multimedia commands like those found on keyboards or the MCE remote. The reason it will work with Vista's/7's Window Media Center player is because it's ported for Window's API and it will respond to generic media commands.
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Yea, if viewing via the browser, you need a mouse/keyboard.

You could look into the Lenovo or a Rii
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What i did, is i went out and bought a Xbox 360 controller and made sure it came with the USB wireless dongle. Then i got a program called "xPadder" and assigned the keyboard strokes to the Xbox controller (A button is Enter, B is Escape, etc). I can now sit back on my couch and launch XBMC, WMC, and even surf Firefox. But if you want to start typing, you need to attach a keyboard to your computer.

I also tried adding the Xbox 360 Messenger kit to the controller, but the drivers aren't released for Windows so that doesn't work. But if you like my idea, try it! Its very easy to use.
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