Xbox 360 sports-themed apps unlocked this weekend for all users

If you follow professional sports, this is a pretty busy weekend all around. The NFL pro football Draft is happening right now, and the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs is also underway. Mixed martial arts fans are gearing up for UFC 159 on Saturday and of course there are lots of MLB baseball and NHL hockey games to go around.

This weekend, Microsoft has decided to give U.S. and Canadian sports fans a way to access many of its streaming media apps on the Xbox 360 without having to sign up for a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription. From now until Sunday, April 28th, the app will be free to access with the free Xbox Live Silver subscription (although some apps still require you have a working cable TV subscription).

The Major Nelson website has the details on which apps will be free this weekend, including the ESPN app so that users can follow all of the NFL Draft excitement alongside the rest of the sport news the cable TV network covers. The MLB.TV app will give baseball fans access to over 50 games this weekend, without the need to sign up for an MLB.TV subscription.

The UFC app has a number of videos that let people prepare for the big UFC 159 pay-per-view event on Saturday, and the NBA Game Time app will give basketball fans highlights, racaps and info on the first round of the playoffs. Finally, the NHL GameCenter app will allow hockey fans a way to check out highlights, recaps and more from this weekend's games as we get closer to the NHL playoffs.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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Would be nice if they actually gave us the premium features of NHL Gamecenter. While the free version is nice and all but would be cool to watch some of those old rivalry games for free.

I've let my Gold lapse for the first time in 4 years. I didn't realize you couldn't even use Netflix without a Gold subscription even though you pay for a Netflix subscription. But, XBox live itself is still worth it in general. But I do think apps for things that you pay a subscription for should be available for use freely. Just my opinion.

I agree with you completely and it's the same kind of feedback I gave Microsoft when I did a survey for them providing ways to improve the the value of XBL Gold. Though this gesture is small and no where near what I want Microsoft to due to make XBLG worthwhile, it's great that they are taking small steps like this.

With that said, if Microsoft doesn't announce anything that's appealing to me next month for their reveal of the next XBOX, I will also let my Gold account lapse and will be on my PC going forward.

If Xbox indeed runs some iteration of Windows 8, and all indications are it will, it will make it easier to develop simultaneously or port more quickly and with more quality to the PC. So PC gaming will get good. Just wish MS would develop and nano adapter for the Wireless Gamepad for Windows. It too will most likely skip this generation of consoles without something compelling and do the PC. I may add a discounted PS3 to my Xbox Slim though.

They seem to be doing this quite a bit lately. Maybe a nod at the upcoming XBOX not requiring a monthly paid for subscription? (except for subscription subsidised models of course).

Mikeffer said,
They seem to be doing this quite a bit lately. Maybe a nod at the upcoming XBOX not requiring a monthly paid for subscription? (except for subscription subsidised models of course).

That thought crossed my mind as well, they did the same thing with Netflix before. It could be a way to test demand and see if the servers can take it or it could be a way to wet your appetite to get you to pay for live.

We'll have to wait and see how the new Xbox works with live and how they change gold.

GP007 said,

We'll have to wait and see how the new Xbox works with live and how they change gold.

Pretty much. I have no problem paying for Gold, however i wouldn't say no if it went free