Xbox Live Gold membership needed for some Xbox TV providers

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".

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I love how people are moaning about having to pay for access to features!

It does cost MS something so don't pretend it doesnt, do you think the integration with these providers existed from the start wit NO development? no otherwise we would have had it from the start. MS will have poured a lot of money into getting this working and also being able to stream the media to us is no doubt going to go through the an Xbox Data Center, something your live subscription goes towards!

it's not like (and please let me know if I am wrong here) they are increasing the price of Gold to cater for this, they are just adding this on top to a service which in the past 2 or 3 years I have had this has been pretty reliable with barely any connectivity problems in games that wasn't due and fixed by the developers of games, not MS.

I honestly believe (as a PS3 and Xbox owner, so don't give me the bias crap) that the service given by MS for their online content and even just the feaures of the dashboard itself and how well it is integrated to some services like facebook, twitter and of course multiplayer gaming is SOOO much better than anything the PS3 has to offer I am happy to hand over my money.

This is bearing in mind that GoW3 and F1 2011 are the first games I think i have bought for my xbox other than a few Kinect games I got for Christmas last year and maybe Forza 3 before that so I do use my PS3 alot!

I think it is silly for AT&T to requre gold membership to use the X360 as a extra U-verse receiver. Does it even use the Live service? I had U-verse and all it should do is use the network bandwidth that U-Verse uses that is seperate from Xbox live/Internet.

I hope that eventually this will make way for the four major channels -- ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox -- to allow live streaming of their stations for free on the 360.

Isn't it cheaper than paying the cable provider to rent each set-top box at $10 a month for SD and $20 a month for HD-DVR? Make sense to me ...

How does it make sense? I'm not denying cable companies ripping us off, but just cause Microsoft rips us off for less doesn't make it make sense. Why should we pay Microsoft to view content we're already paying somebody else for? What is Microsoft's role in this? They're just flipping a software switch inside our console that lets us watch it. It costs them nothing. And it's not a box we're renting. It's a 400 dollar box that we paid for in full. It's a computer that's fully capable of doing anything our normal computers are capable of but purposefully locked down so they can charge us for every little thing.

i dont weant a gold membership, and shoul dhave to pay for if to access more features that u will be paying for

SCRISP said,
So even though some are going to be for free/silver, they still wont put the iPlayer on Xbox lol.

As far as I'm aware iPlayer is coming to the Xbox this Christmas.

Because something is cheep does not make it any better when your forced to pay for something you really do not need.

Not much of a problem really. If you really want this for your Xbox, chances are you already got the Gold membership. If you don't know about this Xbox TV thing, chances are you don't have a Gold membership. Plus it's cheap.

Sionic Ion said,
Not much of a problem really. If you really want this for your Xbox, chances are you already got the Gold membership. If you don't know about this Xbox TV thing, chances are you don't have a Gold membership. Plus it's cheap.

Sionic Ion said,
Not much of a problem really. If you really want this for your Xbox, chances are you already got the Gold membership. If you don't know about this Xbox TV thing, chances are you don't have a Gold membership. Plus it's cheap.