Oh Microsoft. We like the fact that your consoles support streaming media services, but when every other device from PS3s to Smart TVs offer this functionality as standard, we still can't quite understand why access is buried behind an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Especially since the likes of Netflix have their own subscriptions on top of that.
It's a bit silly and astonishingly cynical, to be frank, but things may be about to change.
According to a new report from Ars Technica, "multiple sources within Microsoft” confirm that the Xbox Live Gold requirement will soon be removed for streaming apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. With Don Mattrick now (thankfully) departed for Zynga, Phil Spencer and the new guard are apparently keen to relax the restriction, which could well be announced during Microsoft's E3 presentation on June 9th.
We suspect that the BBC might also be indirectly be responsible for the move, if true, since iPlayer is still resolutely absent on the Xbox One due to their unwillingness to make us pay extra for TV license-funded content.
Consider this a rumour for now, but one we'd love to see become reality. Followed by full DNLA and Windows Media Extender functionality on Xbox One, which is still shockingly absent from a device that claims to be "all in one."