Thanks for joining the NUC community.
Please check the list of tested peripherals here: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-034605.htm Intel® NUC Boards and Kits — Tested peripherals
I just bought an URC 7962 to control my:
TV (Samsung PS50C7000)
Amplifier (Yamaha RX-V467)
Intel Nuc DN2820FYKH
ALL PERFECT OOTB in Windows 8.1
Just use the code 1272 with the URC7962 to map it as a MCE remote