Earlier this week, Microsoft officially announced that it would offer live television services to Xbox 360 console members around the world. But at least some of those services will require a paid Xbox Live Gold membership in order to access these features. GiantBomb.com reports they received a note from Microsoft that partly answers which Xbox TV services will be free for all Xbox 360 users and which ones will need a paid membership to Xbox Live Gold.
The statement said, "Public service broadcasters, like BBC, and transaction-based applications, like Best Buy’s Cinemanow, will be available to all Xbox Live members. Other applications and services, such as HBOGO, Bravo and Dailymotion, will require an Xbox Live Gold membership. We’ll have more details to share about each of these experiences soon." In addition, Verizon FiOS customers who want to use the Xbox 360 as an additional cable device will also be required to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership.
In 2010, AT&T's U-Verse subscribers here in the US were able to hook up their Xbox 360 console and use it as a DVR and cable set-top device. That service was free to all Xbox 360 users on U-Verse. But GiantBomb.com reports that a note sent to U-Verse subscribers show that's changing soon. Starting in November, AT&T will require that U-Verse customers have an Xbox Live Gold paid membership in order to hook up their Xbox 360 console to AT&T's service. Xbox Live Gold is priced at $60 a year. The good news is that AT&T will offer a one time $60 credit on customers' U-Verse bill "to assist in this transition".