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Gold sub required for new and existing Xbox Live video content

Thursday, 6th October 2011 23:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft has confirmed that a Gold-level subscriber paywall will be in effect on some of its new video content services – and some of the existing ones, too.

“Starting in November 2011, all AT&T U-verse TV for Xbox 360 customers will be required to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. Without membership of Xbox Live Gold, you will no longer be able to access U-Verse TV through your Xbox,” a customer information letter received and posted by GiantBomb reveals.

Existing AT&T U-verse subscribers will receive a $60 credit on their bills in November in “recognition” of the new requirement.

The site noted that some of Microsoft’s new content providers will also require a Gold level subscription; Verizon made the requirement clear in its press release announcing the new partnership.

“Public service broadcasters, like BBC, and transaction-based applications, like Best Buy’s Cinemanow, will be available to all Xbox LIVE members,” a Microsoft representative said.

“Other applications and services, such as HBOGO, Bravo and Dailymotion, will require an Xbox LIVE Gold membership.”

Microsoft did not respond to a request from the site to provide a break down, saying only that more information is coming soon.

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  1. JimFear-666

    dear ms, ffffuuu with your xb gold!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    I should fucking hope the BBC stays free too!!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Deleted

    It’s bullshit like this that tops me playing my X360. Their whole approach just infuriates me.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. IL DUCE

    Who doesn’t have XBL Gold…quit being a bunch of cheap bastards and pony up…or just don’t watch TV on your 360…

    SHIT AINT FREE ANYMORE…people need to understand that, pretty much all console DLC costs money and everything else on both PS3 and 360 costs money…the only reason PS3′s online isn’t sub-required is b/c they were stupid enough to keep it free for so long that the backlash of making PSN Plus required would be unrecoverable…they are kicking themselves no doubt for not doing it earlier or at launch w/ the PS3…and I bet you they will soon enough or with the launch of the PS4…

    XBL Gold also seems to offer more, and have more features than Sony’s online suite…I mean CoD Elite is friggin 50 bucks a year, if you buy all the DLC its 60 bucks…you’re telling me you can’t throw that MS’s way when they offer much more than that? Quit being a bunch of cheap bastards or get a job…its 5 bucks a month, gimme a break…

    #4 3 years ago