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Greg_R's Avatar Greg_R 04:19 PM 10-01-2012
When I watch a show on Netflix (in WMC) everything works until it gets to the end of the stream. At that point, my HTPC no longer accepts any form of input (keyboard, IR remote, or wired mouse). A hard reboot is the only option at that point.

Evidently this is a known issue? Are there any work-arounds for the problem or fix ETA from Netflix/MS? Thanks!

Does XBMC have the same problem?

StardogChampion's Avatar StardogChampion 04:36 PM 10-01-2012
Greg_R's Avatar Greg_R 05:03 PM 10-01-2012
Stardog, thanks for posting those threads... it gave me a couple of ideas to try. Removing some of the .net framework updates seems to be the best option as a starting point...
tawd1992's Avatar tawd1992 06:17 AM 10-02-2012
At least you can watch Netflix with WMC, I can't. The joys of using an abandoned Media Center platform.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1342860/help-windows-media-center-netflix-plugin-devices-no-longer-allowed-by-netflix
jeffkro's Avatar jeffkro 07:26 AM 10-02-2012
Why not just watch it in chrome
staknhalo's Avatar staknhalo 08:00 AM 10-02-2012
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Originally Posted by tawd1992 View Post

At least you can watch Netflix with WMC, I can't. The joys of using an abandoned Media Center platform.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1342860/help-windows-media-center-netflix-plugin-devices-no-longer-allowed-by-netflix

Me and someone else at the Windows Experts Community had this problem a while ago. The issue for me was duplicate Netflix accounts. See here for how I fixed it:

http://experts.windows.com/frms/windows_entertainment_and_connected_home/f/114/p/101341/540346.aspx#540346
Greg_R's Avatar Greg_R 09:45 AM 10-02-2012
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Originally Posted by staknhalo View Post

Me and someone else at the Windows Experts Community had this problem a while ago. The issue for me was duplicate Netflix accounts. See here for how I fixed it:
http://experts.windows.com/frms/windows_entertainment_and_connected_home/f/114/p/101341/540346.aspx#540346
I'm able to watch; it just black-screens on the final frame of the stream. I only have 1 Netflix account (no sub accounts / queues).
Greg_R's Avatar Greg_R 11:19 AM 10-02-2012
Using the latest updates (Silverlight 5, etc.) + .NET rollbacks the black screen has gone away for known-failing files. I'll see if I'm now in the "random failure" camp. Thanks again for everyone's help.

Jeffkro, Chrome would be fine for me; is there a way to link it into WMC, MediaBrowser, or XBMC? This is a usability issue with my young kids and wife.

Greg
jeffkro's Avatar jeffkro 05:53 PM 10-02-2012
Not that I know of, to be honest I use my HTPC just like a regular PC. I don't really do the front end thing, it actually seems slower and more clunky to me.
WylieKylie's Avatar WylieKylie 10:54 AM 10-04-2012
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Originally Posted by Greg_R View Post

Using the latest updates (Silverlight 5, etc.) + .NET rollbacks the black screen has gone away for known-failing files. I'll see if I'm now in the "random failure" camp. Thanks again for everyone's help.
Jeffkro, Chrome would be fine for me; is there a way to link it into WMC, MediaBrowser, or XBMC? This is a usability issue with my young kids and wife.
Greg
You can use Media Center Themer (probably Media Center Reset Toolbox as well) to add a website as a menu item in WMC. I'm not sure exactly how well the transition to and from Netflix will work, but it will get you from WMC to Netflix.
rec head's Avatar rec head 04:40 PM 10-04-2012
I haven't really bothered with Netflix in WMC because the new browser experience is so much better except for having to use the mouse. I'm going to check out the Media Center Themer though.
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