Microsoft Drops Xbox Live Gold Requirement For Entertainment Apps Including Netflix, Hulu And Others

As reported yesterday, Microsoft today announced that all the entertainment apps will be available for free to all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Previously, only Xbox Live Gold subscribers were allowed to enjoy these apps.

Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more. Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.

You can find a full list of apps and features that will be available below.

Xbox Live Gold


  • Thoughtful



    HOORAY! As someone who owns an xBox strictly for the ability to stream content and NOT to play games (I don’t even own a single video game). I really appreciate this!

    I use YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, OneDrive, and xBox Video. I used to use Netflix but discontinued that and only use xBox Video now since Netflix too often does not have a streaming movie title I want to watch, whereas xBox Video almost always does. xBox Video is cost effective if you have time to only watch a couple movies a month.

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  • Emi the Strange

    well I think Microsoft knows they dont need to charge for these features to sell gold to people anymore, with giving games for free and some other nice features you with gold, you dont need to pay for it, anyway most people will get xbox for the games, but I know some people who got it for netflix and such.
    it sounds good! now people can have an excuse about needing gold for this like in the past.

    • neonspark

      you’re delusional. they were forced to do this because they are getting their asses kicked by sony. but what would you know about it. You think they are doing this because they suddenly realized gold was so awesome? more like they suddenly realized they better stop ripping off people for basic features expected on the competitor’s console…which btw, is outselling them.

  • jaylyric

    So excited for this!

  • najee

    i still want to know the exact date it will come out and i really didnt see if i could play online without the gold membership or not but im really excited anyways.