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Old 05-13-2014, 07:29 AM   #1
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Sources: Xbox Live to remove Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/0...-netflix-hulu/


by Sam Machkovech - May 12, 2014





Multiple sources confirm internal efforts to make long-demanded paywall change.


Coming soon, according to internal Microsoft sources: two fewer white dots on this promotional card.

We can report that multiple sources within Microsoft have been briefed on plans to make a long-awaited change to the Xbox Live Gold paywall 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.

Additionally, we've been told that Xbox Live Gold may put other services behind the paywall to make up for this shift, though those sources could not confirm whether that includes existing services or if that only includes upcoming content like TV series from Xbox Entertainment Studios.

The information has come to light thanks to ongoing discussions about the company's announcements at June's E3 games expo. At this point, it's important to note nothing is official, and Microsoft may change its mind before the company's June 9 keynote.

Either way, we've been told that the possible change in policy is directly linked to a changing of the Xbox guard after Don Mattrick left the company to become Zynga's CEO.

Microsoft's major console rivals, Nintendo and Sony, have never charged a monthly fee for access to streaming media apps on their systems. Popular media boxes like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV have also increased the pressure on Microsoft to follow suit.

We have reached out to Microsoft requesting official comment on the story and will update this post if there's a response.
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Remove the gold requirement for online gaming and I'll think about turning my 360 on again, and MAYBE buying a One in the future.
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Still don't want it. Considering you need gold to even use internet explorer on the it and still requires kinect.. yeah.. no thx


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Heh wish this was in place now. Turned on my 360 this morning to turn on Netflix for Bell and apparently yesterday was my last day of Gold. No biggy I guess, just switched over to the PS3, but still was a little annoying. lol
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