Then, just run it. This utility will auto-start Netflix and continue to run in the system tray (in the background).
Use the buttons on your remote listed in the Keys/Buttons section below to control Netflix.
Control the Netflix Windows app with a remote control - perfect for your Windows-based HTPC, whether it runs Media Center, Kodi or another TV media solution
Starts Netflix app fullscreen on Windows 10 - no more ugly white bar in the header!
Multi-resolution & DPI zoom compatibility
Select & play a movie/episode using remote
Enable high-quality Dolby Digital 5.1 audio in Netflix, automatically
FFwd/Rewind playback using remote
Change Season in a series' Detail view using remote
Change Episode in Playback mode using remote (experimental feature)
Search for a movie/episode. Windows 10 users can talk to search via the Cortana personal assistant.
Switch Profiles to access your personalized Netflix content.
latest Netflix app from the Windows Store.
Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 with all latest updates.
standard Media Center Remote (Microsoft RC6, Philips branded).
Then, just run this utility before starting Netflix.
This utility will run in the system tray (in the background) whilst you're running the Netflix app.
Then, to control Netflix, use the buttons on your remote listed in the Keys/Buttons section below.
These parameters can be easily included by creating a shortcut to NetflixRemoteController.exe and entering the desired parameter(s) to the end of the command - see example.
Enhanced Search entry. Use the numeric keys (0>9 buttons on your remote) to enter alpha text in the search input field. This uses T9 SMS text entry style, e.g. press button '2' on your remote once to enter the letter 'a' into the input field; or press '2' three times to enter 'c'.
Note1: Windows 10 users will see an additional helper overlay message to assist entry.
Note2: the 'Clear' button on the remote clears the input-field.
force5.1audio Auto-switches all movies to high-quality 5.1 audio stream, rather than the default Stereo stream. No longer necessary, as latest ver of Netflix does this automatically.
Provides you with the ability to Quit the utility with the STOP button on the remote.
Ability to manually change the refresh rate (e.g. to match the playing stream) using the Refresh Rate keys.
Note: Will only function if your display supports the target refresh rate. Original refresh rate will be restored when this utility closes.
Prevents the Netflix app from auto-starting when NetflixRemoteController.exe is started. With this setting present, you must start Netflix yourself.
Prevents the Netflix app from auto-closing when this utility is quit using the shortcut (Ctrl-Alt-Q). With this setting present, you must quit Netflix yourself.
Only for Windows 10 users. By default, this utility will attempt to make Netflix fullscreen and remove the taskbar - to disable this feature, start this utility with this parameter.
By default, this utility will change the mouse cursor to a bright red dot to make it easier to see the position of the highlight. To disable this feature, start this utility with this parameter.
Default keys and remote buttons are listed below. Depending on your remote, some buttons will not perform the listed action by default - you'll likely need to customize the included hotkeys.ini file.
Up remote/keyboard key
Customize using Up in hotkeys.ini
Down remote/keyboard key
Customize using Down in hotkeys.ini
Right remote/keyboard key
Customize using Right in hotkeys.ini
Left remote/keyboard key
Customize using Left in hotkeys.ini
Enter remote/keyboard key
Customize using Select in hotkeys.ini
Navigate back / cancel
Back remote button or Backspace keyboard key
Customize using Back in hotkeys.ini
Play/Pause remote button or Space keyboard key
Customize using PlayPause in hotkeys.ini
Stop remote button or Alt-Win-S or Alt-S
Customize using Stop in hotkeys.ini
Skip forward in small increments during Playback
FFWD remote button or Alt-Win-M or Alt-M or Ctrl-Shift-F, then press the Select button.
Customize using Fastforward in hotkeys.ini
Skip backward in small increments during Playback
Rewind remote button or Alt-Win-N or Alt-N or Ctrl-Shift-B, then press the Select button.
Customize using Rewind in hotkeys.ini
Skip forward in large increments during Playback
SkipNext remote button or Alt-Win-X or Alt-X, then press the Select button.
Customize using SkipNext in hotkeys.ini
Skip backward in large increments during Playback
SkipPrevious remote button or Alt-Win-Z or Alt-Z, then press the Select button.
Customize using SkipPrev in hotkeys.ini
Go to timecode 0:00 during Playback
0 (zero) on remote/keyboard
Customize using RewindToBeginning in hotkeys.ini
Jump to Next Episode during Playback of a TV episode
no default key available - add one by customizing hotkeys.ini
Customize using NextEpisode in hotkeys.ini
Open Languages menu during Playback
no default key available - add one by customizing hotkeys.ini
Customize using Languages in hotkeys.ini
Open Episodes menu during Playback of a TV episode
Info/More button on your remote or Alt-Win-I or Alt-I or Ctrl-D or (for Kodi users)
Customize using Episodes in hotkeys.ini
24 Hz refresh rate
2 remote/keyboard key with refreshratemode parameter set
Customize using Refreshrate24 in hotkeys.ini
50 Hz refresh rate
5 remote/keyboard key with refreshratemode parameter set
Customize using Refreshrate50 in hotkeys.ini
60 Hz refresh rate
6 remote/keyboard key with refreshratemode parameter set
Customize using Refreshrate60 in hotkeys.ini
Access Navmenu on Homepage
Red button on your remote or Ctrl-F1 or Alt-Win-R or AppsKey or Ctrl-Alt-1
Customize using Navmenu in hotkeys.ini
Access Search on Homepage
Green button on your remote or Ctrl-F2 or Alt-Win-E or Browser_Search or Ctrl-Alt-2
Customize using Search in hotkeys.ini
Cortana voice search
Yellow button on your remote or Ctrl-F3 or Alt-Win-Y or Ctrl-Alt-3
Customize using Cortana in hotkeys.ini
Access Profiles Menu on Homepage
Blue button on your remote or Ctrl-F4 or Alt-Win-B or Ctrl-Alt-4
Customize using SwitchProfile in hotkeys.ini
Quit this utility (and Netflix)
Ctrl-Alt-Q or Alt-Win-W
Customize using Quit in hotkeys.ini
Increase Windows' DPI setting for a better couch experience. I recommend you increase the Windows DPI setting to 125% or so. In this mode, the Netflix images are much larger and more suited for viewing from a comfortable TV sitting distance. This "Larger mode" comparison example highlights the benefits for the 10ft UI experience in Netflix. To increase your DPI setting:
Don't close Netflix directly, instead, run this utility and then when you're finised watching Netflix, just close this utility - doing so will close both itself and Netflix, and also restore the Windows taskbar (on Windows 10 systems).
Cursor or red dot disappearing? Can't see where the highlight is? Try keeping your mouse plugged in. This will make sure the cursor/highlight is visible. Alternatively, enable Mouse Keys in Windows settings
Try re-mapping your "Windows" / "Home" button on your remote to Alt-Win-W. The Alt-Win-W shortcut also quits Netflix, so you can can press this combo to close Netflix and return you to your HTPC system's main menu. Alternative shortcuts can be set using the included hotkeys.ini file
Windows 8.1 or Windows 10? Which OS version is best for Netflix?
At present, Windows 10 has the latest Netflix interface and is being updated more rapidly than Netflix's Windows 8.1 app.
Please post feedback here: Netflix Remote Controller thread on AVSForum together with your system info to help resolve the issue faster: