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Some New, Cool, Extender Friendly Media Center Applications

May 16, 2008

I took a break from Grand Theft Auto IV this evening and I tried out two new Media Center applications this evening: vmcNetFlix and MC Menu Customizer.

vmcNetFlix allows managing your Netflix queue and watching certain Netflix content by streaming it to your Media Center PC and extenders. Upon hearing that the latter functionality finally worked with extenders, I promptly changed from Blockbuster’s mailed DVD rental program to Netflix. The fact that this application works reasonably well is sufficient to recommend trying it our. Installing the Netflix viewer and then going through several initialization sequences on the extender and on the Media Center PC is a little annoying and kludgy, but you really can’t argue with the result.

I am also trying MCMenuCustomizer, which let’s you make some modifications to the crossbar menus that appear in Vista Media Center. I notice, that it won’t get rid of the menus that Yougle created for itself, but I have not really explored this further. Nevertheless it installed without incident and many users seem quite enthusiastic about it.


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