Report: Microsoft May Drop Xbox Live Gold Requirement For Netflix, Hulu And Others

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Currently, Xbox console users are required to have Xbox Live Gold subscription to enjoy streaming media apps such as Netflix, Hulu and others. This situation may soon change according to the latest report from Ars. According to their, Microsoft is planning to drop the Xbox Live Gold requirement for streaming media services.

According to our sources, Xbox 360 and Xbox One users will soon no longer need a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming media apps.

To make up this change, Microsoft may move some other services behind the paywall to ask customers pay a premium. Microsoft is preparing a range of original content for Xbox users, users may need a Xbox Live Gold subscription to access these content. Microsoft previously said that some of the upcoming Xbox Originals will be free to view, while some may be behind the paywall. Paying $60/year for an all-in-one entertainment service seems reasonable to me. What do you think?

Source: Ars Technica



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  • John Henry

    They must love the taste of their shoes . Will they ever remove their feet from their mouth ? . This is why ps4 is rolling over xbox so easy , all this stuff is not behind any paywall on the ps4 . I refuse to pay for gold ever again if their tactics do not change . The gamers are currently in the driver seat not microsoft .

    • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

      True, though there SHOULD be a lot of reasons to take an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, Microsoft could offer all these services without forcing people to come to them. This could easily boost the sales of the console(s)/Xbox One.

  • Azjerei

    Remove Gold altogether.. it is a stupid idea. Or make the console much cheaper, and the games even cheaper. It’s the world’s most expensive console, and Gold really brings nothing to the table that cannot be done by the competition, at no cost for end users.

  • donzebe

    Forcing users to subscribe to Gold to use these media services has render the Xbox useless to ordinary consumers who are just occasional gamers.

  • NGM123

    Gold should come with an Xbox music pass, criminal it’s yet another payment especially if you live out side the US because U can’t use those features anyway in most countries, again MS treating everyone outside the US like lepers.

  • Barbara Taylor

    Just want to inform all folks who live outside US that Xbox is a great media Player. If you want to access Netflix and other streaming stations on your Xbox 360 you can use UnoTelly as I do to get around the geo block.