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Update:Microsoft has confirmed that it will be dropping the Xbox Live Gold requirement for access to entertainment apps, including Netflix, and Hulu. More details to come.
Microsoft may be making a major change to its Xbox Live Gold premium service, making it no longer necessary for users to pay extra to access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube directly on the gaming console.
Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners won't need paid subscriptions to sync the consoles with their streaming accounts, Ars Technica reported. But Xbox Live Gold may add other services to the platform that would still require a fee.
Microsoft has long felt the pressure to drop its fees for streaming media app access, as rival consoles such as Sony and media boxes like Apple TV and Roku haven't charged for a similar service. The cost of an Xbox Live Gold member is $59.99 for the year.
The policy change is reportedly related to the departure of Don Mattrick, the president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, who left to become the CEO of social gaming company Zynga in July 2013.
The news comes just a few weeks before the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, where Microsoft is lined up to make a keynote presentation on June 9.
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