View Full Version : Rumor: Xbox Live to remove Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu

05-13-2014, 01:57 AM
what about IE and Skype access?

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.


05-13-2014, 04:46 AM
Should have been done from the start. I personally always felt it a rip off that you have to pay for the service to be able to pay for another service. More so when it can be done for free on countless other hardware.

05-13-2014, 03:55 PM
Most apps no longer behind a paywall. Starting in June.


05-13-2014, 06:53 PM
Beginning with the Sunset Overdrive gameplay reveal, MS has been killing it here of late. Phil Spencer is the man!

Sinful Sam
05-16-2014, 11:52 PM
About damn time!

Joe Redifer
05-17-2014, 04:31 AM
Why were they ever gold exclusives in the first place? I swear, MS must only hire retarded people.

Sinful Sam
05-21-2014, 03:24 AM
I been complaining about this since they started. It's PSN that is really pushing them to start making changes.