Microsoft Reportedly Dropping Gold Live Subscription Requirement To Stream Netflix And Hulu - HotHardware
Microsoft Reportedly Dropping Gold Live Subscription Requirement To Stream Netflix And Hulu

Microsoft Reportedly Dropping Gold Live Subscription Requirement To Stream Netflix And Hulu

The number of connected devices offering access to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu continues to grow. Heck, don't be surprised if the capability is baked into the next smart toothbrush you buy. What most of these devices have in common is they typically don't sit behind a paywall, though that isn't true of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, both of which require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access streaming media apps. Well, that's reportedly about to change.

Citing "multiple sources within Microsoft [who] have been briefed" on the matter, ArsTechnica says an upcoming change to the Xbox Live Gold paywall will no longer require a Gold level subscription to tap into Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services.

Xbox One

Such a change would make the Xbox 360 and Xbox One more competitive with dedicated streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and so forth, but it would come at the expense of some paid subscriptions. It's not known how many Live Gold subscribers pay for a subscription solely to access streaming media through their game console, but they're out there.

To make up for the hit, ArsTechnica says other services might be moved behind the paywall. It's not clear if that includes existing services or brand new ones that have yet to be rolled out.
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Confirmed!

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Finally. This never made sense by MS as they have nothing to do with Netflix but used them as a crutch to upgrade subscribers to Gold. My Samsung TV doesn't require me to pay anything to use the Netflix app so why would MS? Better late than never but this is far too late.

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How come HH didn't report on the rest of the news to go along with this? That the XBOne is now $399 without Kinect.

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We did, but since our time machine is in the shop for repair, we had to wait for the news to actually exist before reporting on it (Microsoft's announcement came after this article was posted). This is why I keep telling management we need two time machines, but I'm told its cost prohibitive and doubles the risk of creating a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe! Granted, that's a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy.

You can read about it here:

http://hothardware.com/News/Microsoft-Confirms-399-Xbox-One-Console-Without-Kinect-Shipping-June-9/

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I saw the article not long after I posted asking about it lol.

As for the time machine, tell Dave to avoid these types of mistakes by investing in a second one! I understand the hesitation due to the risk of a time paradox but watching Continuum might give you guys pointers on how to more safely travel through time!

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