Microsoft to lift Xbox Live Gold restrictions from streaming media apps?

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There are rumours spreading around the internet today that finally Microsoft may be listening to its users and are planning to remove the Xbox One Gold Restrictions surrounding streaming media apps on its marketplace.

Up to now it has been a requirement for users to have paid the Xbox Live Gold subscription fee before being able to access streaming media such as Netflix, however it’s now expected that just shortly before E3 they will announce that this restriction is to be lifted.

If I am honest then it’s always surprised me that Microsoft ever charged for access but then again it might even be the main reason some users subscribe, it is good news for those who currently subscribe to Netflix because their recent price changes did make it a little more expensive than it once was but at least now the Gold side of things is now optional.

Microsoft’s  Xbox Live service is available in two models the first a free “light” service and secondly a subscription-based service, known as Xbox Live Free and Xbox Live Gold respectively, with most features such as online gaming restricted to the Gold service. In the past the free service has been known as Xbox Live Silver.

In 2013 Xbox Live has 46 million users, this is an increase of about 15 per cent from around a year earlier, and no doubt this will only increase during 2014 as more users sign up on the back of purchasing the new Xbox One especially as there is now a range of consoles available on finance.

So what do you think, will the changes mean you still retain your Xbox One Live subscription? Let us know using the comments below.

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