Dude, Where’s My Netflix Tab Inside Vista Media Center?

May 21, 2009

MCE 2005Like many of you who heard about Netflix support coming to Vista Media Center I too was anxious to give it a whirl. The only problem is unlike most of the accounts I was reading, my tab wasn’t “just there when I opened media center”.

I’m not sure if it was due to having turned automatic updates off back sometime before Obama was elected, my overly strict firewall settings or just bad ju ju in general but that lil’ sucker was nowhere to be found. Ultimately I had to go and get my Netflix tab the old fashioned way, er rather though a link I found on the The Green Button.

I can only assume my Silverlight install wasn’t up to date as when I installed the Netflix in Windows Media Center app, I got what appeared to be a few Silverlight updates to boot. Once the download was finished, bam Netflix from the media center menu.  So what did I get for all my effort? I can browse my queue, add new discs to it and watch some really low quality standard definition if I’m in a pinch, thankfully I’m not pinched that bad… yet.

Oh one last thing, to the folks that went ballistic over media center extenders getting left out of all the reindeer games, someone over at the The Green Button summed it up best. Before Microsoft added Netflix support to media center your extender didn’t have that functionality, it still doesn’t.

I don’t mean to sound harsh but this is nature of consumer electronics, some products get updated, others don’t. It seems like media center extenders weren’t the cats meow like Linksys (and everyone else) wanted us to beleive.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blockbuster & Netflix, HTPC, Media Servers


  • Derekiwasiuk

    doesn’t work in canada tho errr!

  • Anthony

    Thanks, that link is exactly what I needed. Mine works now too.

  • Anthony

    Thanks, that link is exactly what I needed. Mine works now too.