Netflix To Be Unlocked For Silver Xbox Live Members This Weekend
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On Xbox Live this weekend you'll be able to access the Netflix app whether you're a fully paid up Gold subscriber or one of those lowly Silver types. And you have to have a Netflix subscription too, of course.

What does that mean? It means that anyone can check out Netflix over the weekend and watch the Netflix original series 'House of Cards', which premieres today. The offer applies to all Netflix regions, so jump in.

Also, if you're planning on watching the 2013 NFL Super Bowl XLVII this weekend, then you can get loads of additional content via the various services on Xbox Live, such as all the commercials on Hulu AdZone (why?) and other such stuff.

You can read more about it all over on Major Nelson's blog. Hut hut.


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Comment #1 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:56:27 AM
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This is stupid anyway, you shouldn't need two subscriptions to access it.

Paying for gold or netflix should suffice.

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Comment #2 by Crims0nPenguin
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:00:14 PM
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Microsoft really needs to step their game up with these subscription costs.
Netflix is available for PS3 without the need for their subscription. Not sure about the Wii but I'm pretty sure they have it as well.

Other than being able to access online multiplayer, nowadays there seems to be less and less incentive to keep gold membership going(especially if you're like me and stick mainly to single player games).

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Comment #3 by ModernViking
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:00:22 PM
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Mo' Money.

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Comment #4 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:03:43 PM
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LOLWUT, Superbowl is shown on network TV in America and Terrestrial TV in the UK (BBC 2 at 11pm, btw) so I'm not sure who they're enticing with the promise of adverts.

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Comment #5 by Endyf
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:08:40 PM
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This is so pointless. If you already have a Netflix subscription, you'll already have some way of watching it. Honestly MS...

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Comment #6 by chach7171
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:12:09 PM
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No what's stupid is how microsoft limits Netflix bandwith to 720 and only Zune can stream in 1080.

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Comment #7 by DRNoob
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:14:19 PM
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Why would someone with a Silver account have Netflix on their 360????

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Comment #8 by Mini Madara
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:32:44 PM
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It should be like this anyway, what are they thinking -_-

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Comment #9 by rng cougar
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:37:20 PM
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Howabout bring back netflix party viewing, assholes at microsoft

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Comment #10 by Neohawk
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:41:17 PM
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Silver members are shit.

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Comment #11 by smacd
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:48:26 PM
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I'm one of the people who only watch the superbowl for the commercials, since some of them are pretty good. I'm pretty sure I can just watch them all elsewhere on hulu or whatever later, so I don't really need to waste my time with all the boring superbowl in between the commercials.

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Comment #12 by bedroom
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:56:20 PM
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@11 your a legend

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Comment #13 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:01:27 PM
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Here is an ad that's going to air this Sunday

And here is the full version

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Comment #14 by TacticalTodger
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:29:03 PM
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Will Superbowl be viewable on an UK account?

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Comment #15 by izzy702
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:49:11 PM
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Lol this is ridiculous. I'm renewing my live when gears comes out but I haven't been on lately and this is the reason why I haven't. No need to renew just to have access to something I pay for already. I can already do this on my computer or ps3 for free.

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Comment #16 by linktriforce007
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:43:58 PM
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@9 I am all with you on that idea. I don't think that was Microsoft though, I think that was Netflix's idea of "In with the old out with the new." Even though that was the one reason I actually had Netflix on my 360 instead of just streaming/downloading everything in better quality to my computer.

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Comment #17 by kgould01
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:26:38 PM
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i never had netflix. i never thought it was necessary to spend more money a month to watch more tv. i pay enough for cable as it is.

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Comment #18 by hibsta1992
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:38:41 PM
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I have never watched a full game of football, American or otherwise, and I only see "Super Bowel" commercials if they air sometime later during normal programming

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Comment #19 by Aversion
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:44:54 PM
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Just goes to show Microsoft's greed.

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Comment #20 by eiVaL
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:04:57 PM
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this has nothing to do with them seeing a loss in Netflix usage and increase on the PS3 and Wii and other devices that allow you to simply stream without any fees, Microsoft just decided to stop making money out of the kindness of their hearts.

either that, or they know their new console is coming out and they've already made enough overhead profit and they know as soon as the next console comes out, they'll shut everything off for the 360, much like an EA Sports game to entice you to buy the newer version

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Comment #21 by smacd
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:24:48 PM
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@17 that's really your mistake. My household cut the cable two years ago. Cable is a ripoff, I'm finding a digital antenna for local stuff, and netflix/hulu completely sufficient. I'm probably saving $1000/year now. I'm also considering a Roku or something similar. There's absolutely no reason to have cable anymore with all of the better options out there at a fraction of the price. The only thing that would make me even consider getting cable again is if they allowed us to specifically choose the channels I want and none others, a-la-cart style.

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Comment #22 by NghthawkMSU
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:42:39 PM
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@21 - ESPN. I'm glad nobody in your house likes college sports (or Monday Night Football). Give me a subscription based ESPN client (All channels not just ESPN3 when it's not blacked out) on my 360 or via the internet, and I'd drop cable too, but not a moment sooner.

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Comment #23 by InsaneKane87
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:03:07 PM
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As 1 and 2 said I must agree. Plus if I'm paying 60$ a year to access online services yet can't use them and have to pay more money then being gold is rather pointless unless you play online games and want the DLC.

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Comment #24 by awful
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:07:18 PM
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@22 - That's what sports bars are for.

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Comment #25 by Ultimo Godzilla
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:18:58 PM
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Just paying for Netflix should be enough. They don't make you pay extra on the PS3.

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Comment #26 by MikeCorruption
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:54:31 PM
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Seriously Richard Walker? the real point is WHY WOULDNT YOU want to watch the superbowl adverts, they're the best part of the superbowl

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Comment #27 by Delow317
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:01:32 PM
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@ 21 you are so right brother...

With XBL Gold and a sub to both Netflix and Hulu+ I'm saving $970 a year after canceling my Dish Network contract. Just like you, I pick up local OTA broadcasting with an indoor HDTV anntenna now and I use Hulu+ and Netflix for my TV programs and movies in conjunction with renting blurays of course.

The thing I have a problem with is the fact MS doesn't give access to these services for silver members when they are free everywhere else. I also have never agreed with having any adds on a premium paid for internet service like XBL.

In the end you are right, I think more people should cancel their cable/Sat Subs, it would save them close to $1K a year!

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Comment #28 by Sgt Scyther
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:19:55 PM
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It was absurd they made people need a Gold account to access Netflix anyway. No additional fee to use it on the PS3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, or anything else. Just the 360.

Hell, it's bullshit they make you pay $60 a year just to play your games online at all but that's anotehr can of worms.

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Comment #29 by Fire Hawk D
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 09:30:44 PM
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@21: I can't remember which tech company it was (Intel or someone like that), but they're getting licenses and contracts with cable providers to start something like that. Which, in my opinion, I'm amazed someone hasn't before.

And, I do the same thing. Netflix/Hulu+ and an HDTV antenna. More than enough and much cheaper.

We actually have a cable package in our bedroom, but that's only because the cable company MAY have neglected to come out and disconnect it... =3

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Comment #30 by The Kingslayer
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:09:22 PM
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Godbless Netflix for bringing Breaking Bad to the UK !

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Comment #31 by Delow317
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:33:28 PM
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@ 29

Join the club firehawk! We are all saving money because of Netflix and Hulu+!! :)

@ 30

Breaking Bad is Epic and all you British folks deserve to see it as well! :)

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Comment #32 by D-star
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:33:20 AM
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The Wii and PS3 both let you watch Netflix on their device for free if you have a Netflix Account. Only thing that holds the Wii back is non-HD streaming and originally the needed Netflix Disc which got solved as a free system App a couple months after it was introduced. I really don't understand why you need Gold to watch Netflix on your 360, they are no longer the only system with Netflix Streaming. Also I think a streaming device that gives you all of what Xbox Live Gold gives you is about the same price as XBL for a year.

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Comment #33 by RDrules
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 06:42:00 AM
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the people that only watch for the ads.... wheres the love for the best part of the superbowl...the half time show :D

though we dont get the ads in the UK as its shown on the BBC so doesnt have adverts at all

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Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 07:12:48 AM
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Hey Netflix, Why don't you come to Japan?

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Comment #35 by StinkyPete2021
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 07:39:31 AM
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When I read the title of the article I thought that starting this weekend Netflix was going to be available for Silver members offically; I though Microsoft come to their senses. But when I found out it was only for the weekend, so it would entice more people to buy Gold I realized that Microsoft is the same monster it's always been.

All of xbox's apps should be available to non-Gold members. On any other gaming device, apps like the ones xbox has are free to access. Then again other gaming devices also let you play online multiplayer without paying extra too. I guess Xbox just wants everyone to buy their Gold subscription.

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Comment #36 by The Bum-Mobile
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 09:11:20 AM
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Watched the first two episodes of House of Cards at this special screening the other day. Once I got past the fact that Kevin Spacey's character knew he was in a TV show, I found it to be really good.

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Comment #37 by The Dukenator
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 09:57:09 AM
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@2 Wii doesn't require extra to use Netflix.

@35 Agreed. I refuse to get Gold now since its mostly good for the apps and mulitplayer.

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Comment #38 by IceBlox
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 11:04:51 AM
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They just need to put the party feature back and I'll be happy.

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Comment #39 by i got squeezed
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:02:13 PM
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@17 Netflix has more variety, cable barely has anything good on

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Comment #40 by Arsenic 17
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 03:27:04 PM
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netflix is always free on a computer and roku. Xbox need to change this ASAP. My roommate literally pays for a gold subscription every year on my second 360 just so he can watch netflix. What a joke. I keep telling him to get a roku but he is cheap...doesnt care if after two years the roku would pay for itself instead of giving microsoft money.

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Comment #41 by ICGMU12321
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 07:59:09 PM
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Silver members with Netflix accounts should be able to watch Netflix regardless.

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Comment #42 by Nitnoid
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:05:57 AM
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Microsoft holds what people want hostage. I'd say you could compare them to techno-terorists. Want Netflix? Get our Gold subscription! Want the latest demo? We're gonna hold them hostage an extra week if you don't buy our Gold sub!

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Comment #43 by Doctor Gordon
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:56:44 AM
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Seriously, why do we need to buy some damn gold subscription for playing online, downloading from and even just to join a group of friend? We are already paying for the internet connection, seriously!

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Comment #44 by three15
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 05:47:35 AM
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Hold up, so not only do you get free Online play with the PS3, you get free Netflix too? That can't be right can it?

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Comment #45 by Zumato
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 12:40:05 PM
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PS3 users still have to pay for Netflix. The difference is that PS3 users don't have to pay another fee to use Netflix on their PS3.

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