Microsoft reportedly planning to remove Xbox Live Gold subscription requirement for Netflix, Hulu

By Himanshu Arora ยท 8 replies
May 13, 2014
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  1. Good news for Xbox 360 and Xbox One users: Microsoft is finally planning to lift the requirement for a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming media apps, according to ArsTechnica.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +913

    Question is, why on earth was this a requirement in the first place?!
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  3. They should remove the one that choose to put the requirement.
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    Because it goes through MS's servers, and those aren't cheap. So at this point they might make it free, but they'll make up for the loss somewhere else...
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +913

    But why? Why does it go through there servers and not directly to Netflix's servers?
  6. Bureaucracy.
  7. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    My guess would be security reasons. XBL is locked down pretty tight...
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Money. Money is why. I mean, why do things like every other Netflix-enabled system out there, when you can force it to route through your own server to make your users to pay you for the privilege? So what if they already paid out a good chunk of money for your hardware, pay premium prices for your licensed games, and are already paying a subscription fee for the other services? This is money we're talking about! There's never enough coming in from our sucker... I mean, customers...

    Realistically, it seems like their Live Gold subscriptions weren't the cash cow MS wanted them to be, so they did whatever they could to force people to buy the service. Anyone surprised by greedy **** moves from Microsoft these days really isn't paying attention.
  9. Microsoft, Google, Apple, Sony, what's the difference? They are all greedy as hell. Its called being a business, and being IN business. You should maybe look up value creation and acquisition strategies next time you're in a place of learning. You might find it illuminating, or in your case shocking, as you have a very rose tinted view of the business world.

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