PSA: Netflix, Hulu among apps now free to use on Xbox Live

Last month, Microsoft announced it will no longer keep entertainment apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Go behind its Xbox Live premium paywall. The change to its Xbox Live service structure is now in effect, allowing non-paying users to use the aforementioned apps in addition to ones like Twitch, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, YouTube and more.

Microsoft's decision to modify its free and paid Xbox Live service offerings was announced the same day as the $399 Kinect-less Xbox One console, which will be available starting Monday, June 9. Free-to-play and subscription-based games like The Elder Scrolls Online will still require a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online, however.
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Free games for Gold members. Access to entertainment apps for everyone.

We're pleased to announce that the important changes to Xbox Live Gold are now live. At Xbox, we are deeply committed to delivering the best gaming and entertainment experience to you – our most loyal fans.

Now on Xbox One and Xbox 360, all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy:

Free games with Games with Gold
Exclusive discounts on games in the Xbox Store with Deals with Gold
Multiplayer gaming on the most advanced multiplayer network

In addition, entertainment apps and experiences are now open to everyone, including:

Entertainment apps (e.g., Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO)
Gaming apps (e.g., Twitch, Machinima, MLG.tv)
Sports apps (e.g., MLB.TV, ESPN, NBA, NHL*)
Music apps (e.g., Xbox Music, iHeartRadio, Last.fm)

For more information, including how we've improved Xbox Live Gold, the latest lineup of apps available on your Xbox, or to cancel your Xbox Live Gold membership, read the FAQ at www.xbox.com/livefaq. Learn more about Xbox Live Gold at www.xbox.com/live.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.