Any way to fool Netflix into thinking my Mini is an AppleTV?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ksgant, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. ksgant macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    The reason I ask is that there is a ton of HD programming on Netflix streaming, but it's not all accessible from PC/Macs but are available to "appliances" such as Xbox 360 or AppleTV.

    Any way to fool Netflix into thinking my Mac Mini that's hooked to my TV via HDMI into thinking it's one of these appliances?
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Can you explain more specifically? I went to the site and don't see the issue. From what I saw all the HD available to an appliance was available on the PC if you have sufficient bandwidth and have Starlight 3 or higher.
  3. dashphire macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    My 2010 mac mini is hooked up to my TV via HDMI and it streams Netflix HD.
  4. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Some Netflix HD content is only available to the TV, not a PC or a Mac.

    There are 63 pages of HD content available for the TV, only 42 pages available on a computer.

    To the original poster, not sure how you could go about that. Device activation is different for a TV device than it is for a PC or a Mac.
  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    I'm not seeing this at the site, but it must be because I've only activated computers, not a Wii, etc.
  6. lovekeiiy macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2010
    if you going to fool it, fool it to be the PS3. It has 1080p and 5.1 audio. AppleTV can't do it nor has available.
  7. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I'm pretty sure you can load applications like Boxee or Plex (for free) on the Mini. Do these services offer the Netflix HD you want?
  8. redkamel macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2006
    To the OP, is there a specific reason to do this? I see brossard has these pages posted, but are there actually more movies? (or just more pages.. ie same movies, but bigger icons, therefore more pages)
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I don't see a valid reason for Netflix to hold back some programming from computers :confused:
  10. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Netflix isn't witholding programming. The content providers are. Two reasons:
    1)They see PCs/Macs as an easier target to exploit and archive the digital stream.
    2) Or they don't have the rights to grant it.

    It's the same with Hulu+ and Hulu. They aren't always granted TV rights (since some other company might have that). Just mobile and computer. Or just TV. It all depends on the contracts.

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