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Microsoft to place services like Netflix, HBO Go ahead of Xbox Live Gold paywall

As part of their Xbox Wire announcements today, Microsoft also confirmed that services like Netflix and HBO Go will be placed before the Xbox Live Gold paywall, meaning a Gold subscription isn’t required to use them.

Microsoft announced this morning it will no longer keep Netflix, Hulu and other streaming apps behind the company’s Xbox Live Gold paywall.

“Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership,” the Xbox Wire post reads. “This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.”

An infographic illustrates what requires Gold and what doesn’t.


Whilst great news for those who only use Netflix, it mightn’t impact those who use the service and play multiplayer titles like Titanfall, The Elder Scrolls Online. Gold is still required for multiplayer play.


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