I think there's something in the Microsoft API or coding framework that makes it impossible or at least very hard to do.
A little while ago I could control play/pause with my WMC remote control but they removed this for some unknown reason. This was better than nothing but why won't they make some simple changes to make navigation and playback easily controllable with a remote? Is there someone that will listen that we can bother about this?
They actually *removed* it?? Weak. Poor remote support is a big factor keeping me off 8.1. No 1080p and 5.1 support for Netflix in '7' is a major bummer.
The Plex and MediaBrowser Metro apps don't have remote support? I haven't tried them, but just assumed they did.
Just to clarify, there are two standalone Media Browser apps for Windows 8:
Media Browser Theater: This app is remote friendly. You'll need to use a mouse to launch it, but once you do you can navigate around the interface and playback content via your WMC remote.
Media Browser Windows 8.1 app: As gcoupe mentioned, this app is not remote friendly, as it's meant to be used via touch from of the Modern UI.
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The focus here is about the Netflix Metro app and the lack of remote support. So it seems there is currently no metro app that supports remote. Sounds like a API problem to me.
Navigation might take some work but they already had some playback control before they took it away so that doesn't seem too difficult to add.
It probably responded to "system commands" rather than the IR directly. Note that the Slacker app responds to all the playback commands from my remote (play, pause, next, volume).
I think the best solution is to use both the WMC plug-in and the Metro app. I'll have my remote launch the WMC plug-in, and when I feel like using my Logitech K400, I'll launch the Metro app.
How is it? I had no idea there was a WatchESPN app. I just have a link to the website pinned to my Start screen.
"When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually."
I urge each of you to contact Netflix directly and lodge a complaint about this clear violation of ADA standards. Maybe they'll stop being lazy and update the application to work like the rest of Windows 8 Metro does or the XBox Metro interface for that matter.