I tried Remote for Netflix (full $1.99 version), and after a brief trial it seems to be exactly what I was hoping for. It lets you browse titles on the iPhone/pad and then control the stream on the computer. You have full control over the screen, including full screen, FF, Rew, chapter etc. Air mouse & trackpad. Control over other media & web browser. It works in conjunction with a server you install on the computer. Pretty nifty really.
That's great, thanks for the report.
I've used the Plex Netflix plugin in the past, but it has mysteriously stopped loading.
That's not a surprise, trying to do Netflix on Plex has always been buggy for me and it's just one of several reasons why I've completely given up on Plex. Best for you to look for threads over on the Plex forum discussing user dissatisfaction with Netflix:http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/...etflix-plugin/
in order to find out how things are working these days. You should also know that XBMC has its own problems with Netflix. I don't really care too much because I like the aTV2 for NF better anyway.
So you say the picture is better on the ATV than on a Mac? Are you getting 5.1 out of the AppleTV?
Depends on the particular Mac mini model you have, and which version of the Silverlight plugin you have installed. If you have an older C2D mini, yes, the aTV2 will probably seem better when displayed on a big HDTV. With the 2011 minis, that gap between Safari/Silverlight and the aTV2 has narrowed and your NF video quality will seem essentially the same. Netflix doesn't offer any content in 1080p to any Apple product, so you're getting 720p no matter what. Another potential variable is how your HDTV processes what it receives from your Mac vs. your aTV2.
But, one thing I have noticed, even with a 2011 mini where Netflix HD titles within Safari are now pretty good video-wise, is that streaming via the aTV2 does the more reliable job with DD 5.1 audio--if a title says that it has DD audio, the aTV2 will pass it through. The same title, selected within Safari on the 2011 mini, will not pass it through. I think that's because Netflix serves different versions of files to different devices, and what they serve to the aTV2 is ahead of what get's served to Macs. Just double-checked this this morning after updating Silverlight to version 5..."The Fighter" in HD on the aTV2 sends DD 5.1 to my AVR, the same title on the 2011 mini does not.
And I agree with oceanjumper about Splashtop, I have it as well on our iPads and recommend it, especially if on sale.