Too good to be true?
According to rumors, Microsoft may be ending the requirement that users must have a Gold Xbox Live subscription to use popular video streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu.
Citing multiple anonymous sources within Microsoft, tech website Ars Technica writes that "Xbox Live Gold may put other services behind the paywall to make up" for the shift.
There was a time when a Gold subscription was the single best way to watch Netflix's then relatively-new streaming service on your television. Previous to Netflix becoming a part of Xbox Live's Gold tier, for most people, watching Netflix "Watch it Now" meant hooking a computer to a television, or watching movies on a computer screen.
Both Nintendo and Sony offer these apps with no additional subscription required. Additionally, a slew of dedicated set-top streaming devices like the Roku, Apple TV, and now the Amazon Fire TV, offer the same services at a lower cost. Lower-end Roku models are actually cheaper than a year's subscription to Xbox Live Gold.
Ars Technica says that "the possible change in policy is directly linked to a changing of the Xbox guard after Don Mattrick left the company."
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