Xbox Live could be ditching the Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu
If you've never really been happy at the fact you need a Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to access Hulu and Netflix on your Xbox there's a good chance that requirement could be gone soon. It's something that has been on the table for a while now but according to Arstechnica, multiple sources have now been briefed on the matter ahead of June's E3 expo.
In other words, there's a bit of give and take there. Sure, you'll no longer need to pay $59.99/year for Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming media apps but there could be more interesting stuff put behind the paywall that will make you want to continue paying for it. In any case, it remains a rumor for now but it's a rumor we're looking forward to hearing more about.
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Final fantasy online was one of the exceptions for the gold rule
They should want people to use their console, and if someone owns an xbox but doesn't want to pay for online gaming, they're certainly not going to pay twice for Netflix, so this paywall is exceedingly retarded. It can't be generating any extra profit, but it certainly generates bad press and may actually be losing them money.
Saying 'I could care less' simply suggests you do actually care to some degree...
Skype and Xbox music are other services that should not require XBLG. Skype should be free cross platform, and you are already paying a big premium for Kinect. Xbox music requires it's own subscription so you shouldn't have to pay twice. Also, this needs fixing so I don't need to pay a subscription to listen to my own collection on USB or NAS.
At present there are no Games for Gold on XB1, so the whole Xbox subscription model feels like a huge rip off at present.
My son is now enjoying Plants v Zombies multiplayer so I guess there is finally some value there but XBLG should be made optional and the value tied to games and games services.
Right now I honestly couldn't recommend XB1 to my friends due to these rip offs on Gold and Music. I never had this on PS3 so I wonder if this is another reason PS4 is winning on sales.
It is good to see MS delayering the subscription but this needs extending to Skype and Music.
My guess is that MS have their cheaper, non-games Set Top Box coming at E3 hence this move.