Watching Netflix Streams With a PC and Remote Control

MyNetflix is add-on software for Windows Media Center

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Ratatouille is among the movies now streaming on Netflix.

Watching Netflix streams on an existing TV usually means buying a Roku box, a TiVo, or one of a number of pricey Blu-ray drives that have included Netflix access. Or hook a computer to the TV and use a keyboard and mouse to tap the Netflix "Watch Instantly" queue through a Web browser -- not an elegant approach for the family room.

So I was delighted to discover a little program called MyNetflix that's let me build the movie streaming into our new Windows Media Center PC. Using a remote control, we can find and play videos from our Netflix queue. We can also manage our Netflix account. The software is free from developer Anthony Park, though he welcomes donations -- and deserves them.