Netflix on iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by katia, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. katia macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2015
    Is there a way to control Netflix from within a browser window on an iMac, with a remote, similar to browsing Netfix with a Playstation controller?

    Orrrr does iMac have a Netflix app that's compatible with the Apple remote?

    I was planning on buying Apple TV to hook up to my iMac for Netflix bingeing purposes but I have read that you can't do that...

    (100% iMac noob here...I haven't even received mine, yet)
  2. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    What is it you are trying to do exactly? Watch Netflix on your iMac or on a TV?

    An Apple TV is one way of getting Netflix on your TV, but there are other cheaper ways, if that's all you want it for. (Chromecast for example).

    But if you want Netflix on your Mac (and not on a TV) you don't need any such device, you just watch Netflix on your Mac by going to

    You can't use an Apple remote because the 2012 and later iMacs don't have an IR receiver. But if you are watching sitting in front of your iMac, you can just use the mouse! Hence my saying, what is it you are trying to do?
  3. katia thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2015
    I don't have a TV. I am trying to watch Netflix on my iMac from in bed, which is across the room, haha!

    Aka, being!
  4. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
    Ok I see. As I say, the remote doesn't work with new iMacs since Apple decided in their less than infinite wisdom to remove the IR receiver, which is a shame I think. Doing what you want on a Mac Mini works perfectly and you can just use the Apple remote.

    This might enable you to do what you want with an iMac.
  5. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    how far away is the imac, can you not use the trackpad and keyboard from your bed. You could get a apple keybaord/trackpad dock (e.g. Apple Magic TrackPad & Wireless Keyboard Clique Dock system by Henge Docks)
  6. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Do you have an iOS device?

    If so I use an app called "Mouse Pro". With it you pretty much have all the control of your mouse and keyboard. This should be able to do what you are looking for with an iPhone or iPad.

    I'm not sure if its available for Windows Phone or Android but there are probably alternatives.

    An alternative to that is getting a wifi keyboard. I have a Logitech k400r that has a built in trackpad that works from another room in my house (I use it for AirPlaying my Mac to my living room). No set up required just plug in the USB wireless adaptor and turn on the keyboard. You don't need to disconnect the Apple keyboard both can be used at the same time.

    OR if you have an Apple keyboard and TRACKPAD 3rd party companies make a holder that holds both together so you can use it off an desk. Just another idea.
  7. katia thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2015
    Thanks, people! I do have an iPhone so that is awesome.

    Thank you to catering to my laziness when STUPID Netflix gives me that "Are you still watching?" BS...
  8. Command macrumors regular


    Jan 23, 2015
    Yeah, iPhone app or just the Bluetooth keyboard & mouse / trackpad that comes with the iMac. It'll work out nicely for you.

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