82 Reasons Why we Subscribe to Xbox Live Gold

xbox live logo 2013So why do we do what we do?

Well it really is all about the Games isn’t it!

It used to be before the Xbox 360 for most of us. But since then the idea of having a single entertainment entity has been Microsofts game plan, but what is the current availability to the Users of Xbox Live Gold?

Remember i am referring to Xbox Live Gold only. These features are only available to Gold Subscribers.

We walk you through the huge amount of Features and Apps available to you as a Gold Member.

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  • Online Multiplayer:

As said previously, the prime reason for getting a Gold subscription in the 1st Place

  • CameraParty Chat

A Unique system that is NOT available to Silver Memberships. The feature was introduced as part of the NXE (New Xbox Experience November 19, 2008).

This was t0 revolutionize chat online and once the small issues are fixed Xbox One Chats will further improve upon this feature.

  • Video Chat

Video Chat is often left unused in most scenarios is an option most people forget is available without Kinect. Originally designed to work with a Camera

  • Matchmaking

Unusually this is mentioned however with the Xbox One’s introduction to the Cloud, the appreciation of this system will be more apparent

  • SkyDrive/ Unlimited Cloud Storage

Sky Drive is more commonly associated with PC use however again with the advent of the cloud support more people will appreciate the availability it brings

  • Skype_logo-625x284Skype

SKYPE has been around for years and Microsoft have been a long term partner of the functionality

  • SmartMatch (improved version of matchmaking)

As we referred to above the appreciation of matchmaking will be more on Xbox One with the newest technology available

  • Game DVR

No longer the bastion of the PC. The availability to do this immediately is just dawning on most gamers. We will now see a massive spike in videos appearing on YOU TUBE

  • One Guide

The Xbox One ‘OneGuide’ will not be available in the UK until “some time in 2014″, Microsoft has confirmed.

OneGuide offers a personalised guide to channel surfing, letting users browse what’s on TV and highlight their favourite channels using their voice and Xbox One controller.

  • Games-With-Gold-ListGames With Gold

Currently only available to Xbox 360 gamers but Microsoft have a plan with Xbox One Games with Gold. It has also came in for a lot of criticism so far, but Free Games are Free Games.

  • Instant Video

Watching digital movies and TV shows directly from your TV screen has never been easier.

Amazon Instant Video is compatible with hundreds of HDTVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles.

Amazon Prime members can stream thousands of Prime eligible movies and TV shows at no additional cost.

  • AOL On

AOL On, as the new site is called, is a premium content portal that will work across desktop, mobile and tablet optimized sites and apps, as well as connected TV devices

  • AT&T Uverse offers over 300000 On Demand TV shows, movies, sports, music videos and more. U-verse TV members get even more

  • Avatar Kinect

Avatar Kinect brings your avatar to life, as your avatar mimics your own personal expressions. Create videos with your avatar and chat with friends


Blip is home to the best in original web series from professional and up-and-coming producers. Watch dramas, comedies and other online videos for free

  • C|Net

Come to CNET UK for product reviews and ratings, technology news, gadget blogs, technology videos, software downloads CinemaNOW

  • Comedy Central: Stand-Up

Comedy Central Stand-Up – over 10000 funny stand-up videos, comedian tweets & jokes + the latest in stand-up news, stand-up specials

  • Crackle

Watch hundreds of movies and TV shows online. Crackle offers all your favorite genres uncut, unedited, and unbelievably free — Just press play!

  • Crunchyroll

Official, legal streaming anime videos including Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online, Skip Beat, and Shugo Chara. Start watching now

  • Dailymotion

Dailymotion is a French video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos.

  • Disney
  • EPIX

It’s an original vs. remake stand off: Which Red Dawn do you prefer? Watch them both on

  • ESPN

Live sports, news, features and statistics for all major sports: Football, Cricket, Rugby, F1, Boxing, Golf, Tennis, UFC, as well as latest news

  • Cracked-Facebook-Logo-1500x1500-psd49009Facebook

Facebook is an online social networking service. Its name comes from a colloquialism for the directory given to students at some American universities

  • Flixter

A community where users share film reviews and ratings [free registration required].

  • Fox Broadcast

produces and distributes entertainment, factual, sports, and movie channels through television channels in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America using several brands, including FoxFXFox CrimeFox LifeFox SportsNational Geographic ChannelSTAR TV and BabyTV

  • Game Trailers

a media website that specializes in video game related content.

It provides free access to original programming (such as reviews and previews), game trailers and recorded game play.

Along with standard definition (640×360), many of the video clips are offered in a higher resolution (960×540).

  • Gamespot TV

X-Play (previously GameSpot TV and Extended Play) is a TV program about video games, known for its reviews and comedy skits.

The program aired on G4 in the United States, G4 Canada in Canada, FUEL TV in Australia, Ego in IsraelGXTin Italy, MTV Россия in Russia and Solar Sports in the Philippines

  • HBO GO

HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Home Box Office Inc., an operating subsidiary of Time Warner.

  • Hulu Plus

Watch any current season episode of dozens of popular TV shows with Hulu Plus™ on Xbox LIVE.

  • IGN

IGN’s Xbox Live Arcade channel is the ultimate resource for trailers, screenshots, cheats, walkthroughs, release dates, previews, reviews, soundtracks, guides

  • iHeartRadio

Listen to more than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast radio stations from 150 U.S. cities or create your own Custom Stations

  • Internet Explorer
  • Karaoke

Offering more than 8,000 songs, in the most popular genres like Pop, Rock, Country, R&B/Hip-Hop and more, there are songs for everyone to sing whether your favorites are in the style of today’s top-charting artists or yesterday’s legends


The world’s largest online music catalogue, powered by your scrobbles. Free internet radio, videos, photos, stats, charts, biographies and concerts.

  • Machinima is a gaming and media streaming website, and a Multi Channel Network. aims to be a hub for machinima, the art of creating animated videos in real-time virtual game environments.

  • Manga Entertainment

Manga Entertainment is a producer, licensor and distributor of Japanese animation in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand

  • machinima-logoMAXIM

Maxim is an international men’s magazine targeted at adult males and based in New York, and prominent for its cheesecake pictorials of actresses, singers, and female models whose careers are at its current peak


Watch live streaming Major League Baseball games online all season long with MLB.TV. All baseball games available in HD quality

  • MSN with MSNBC

explore MSN with content with your voice

  • MTV

MTV is a 24-hour general entertainment channel operated by Viacom International Media Networks Europe, available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel was launched as part of MTV Networks Europe localization strategy in 1997

  • Mustang Customizer

Build your dream 2013 Ford Mustang with custom colors, graphics, rims & tires & more. Challenge your Facebook friends

  • Muzu.TV

MUZU.TV is an independent online music video site with the largest legal catalogue of music videos available on the web

  • NBA Game Time

NBA Gametime Live is a television program, that is the flagship program of NBA TV.

  • NBC News

for breaking news, original journalism and videos. Stay current with the latest world news, business headlines, health, sports

  • Neon Alley

Now you can watch anime YOUR way with our new Catch Up Service available FREE with your membership


Netflix, Inc. is an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to North and South America, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland,

  • nfl logoNFL

The National Football League is a professional American football league that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America

  • NHL Game Center

Watch classic NHL hockey games online with NHL Vault™. Subscribe to get extended highlights and full-length video replays from this season’s games.

  • Nick

Nickelodeon is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom

  • OneBeat

a global media platform focused on EDM. We are storytellers creating lifestyle content for millennial consumers.

  • Paramount Movies

The Paramount Movies app allows you to stream or download your favorite Paramount movies

  • Pizza Hut

Order food to go with your new games

  • PopcornFlix

Watch free movies online at Popcornflix. Watch full length feature films, legally, streaming online at Popcornflix.

  • Redbox Instant by Verizon

Play movies instantly! Free 1-month trial when you subscribe to Redbox Instant™ byVerizon, which gets you 4 DVD credits every month

  • Revision3

Revision3 is the leading independent free online video service that offers hit digital TV shows including Diggnation with Kevin Rose

  • Rhapsody

Rhapsody gives you instant access to 18 million songs to play wherever life takes you. Build your perfect ad-free music experience

  • SkyGO

Sky Go is available for all Sky TV customers at no extra cost, and Sky Go Extra is now included with Sky  Watch online at or get the free Sky Go app

  • Slacker Radio

Slacker is the most complete music service on earth. Enjoy millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations for free – on demand

  • SnagFilms

SnagFilms is a website that offers advertising-supported documentary films. Films are streamed on the website, which contains a library of around 3,000 films. Filmmakers can submit documentaries for consideration as well.

  • Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. is the American television and film production and distribution unit of Japanese multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony

  • Sports Picks

Sports Picks is an application that uses an analytic mathematical model to predict the outcome of a given sporting event.

  • SyFy

Imagine greater at home with exclusive access to Syfy digital series, webisodes, clips, behind-the-scenes videos from your favorite shows and more, all available in high definition

  • Telemundo

Telemundo is an American Spanish-language broadcast television network that is owned by the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal.

  • TMZ

Celebrity Gossip and Entertainment News, Covering Celebrity News and Hollywood Rumors. Get All The Latest Gossip at TMZ – Thirty Mile Zone

  • Toys “R” Us
  • Twitch.TV

Twitch is the world’s largest video platform and community for gamers. More than 20 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast

  • Cracked-Twitter-Logo-psd47658Twitter

Start a conversation, explore your interests, and be in the know.

  • UFC On Xbox Live

Watch UFC events on Xbox Live. Find out what UFC events are coming up and which past events are available for viewing on your Xbox 360

  • Uvideos

Use the UVideos app to watch the best of Spanish-language comedy, drama, news, and sports through Xbox

  • Verizon FIOS TV

In-home live TV streaming requires Internet and TV subscription and use of FiOS router

  • Vevo

Watch your favorite artist’s music videos, see premiere performances and search for new music on

  • Vimeo

Vimeo is a U.S.-based video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. Vimeo was founded in November 2004 by Jake Lodwick and Zach Klein

  • Vudu

Vudu, Inc. is a content delivery and media technology company responsible for Vudu-branded interactive media services and devices. Vudu distributes full-length movies over the Internet to television

  • WSJ Live

Wall Street Journal Video includes original programming on-demand as well as news

  • WWE

24/7 streaming service that will include live content as well as on-demand content

  •  #XboxReveal The Music RoomXbox Music – Requires Xbox Music Pass, ($100 a year)

Xbox Music gives you access to millions of songs to stream for free with Windows 8 and on the web at Search for any artist

  • Xbox Tournaments


  • Xfinity

Comcast Corporation is the largest mass media and communications company in the world by revenue

  • Youtube

YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006, on which users can upload, view and share videos


Xbox Live Features

Comparison of Xbox Live Free and Gold services
Feature Live Free
Live Gold Additionalrequirements Currently available Xbox 360  Xbox One
Voice chat Yes Yes Headset (wired or wireless) or Kinect Yes Yes Yes
Party chat No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video Kinect No Yes
  • Headset (wired or wireless)
  • Kinect
Yes Yes No
Avatars Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable content Yes
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Online multi-player No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Live Arcade point results Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Games With Gold No Yes No Yes Yes Coming Soon
Xbox Video
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Music No Yes Xbox Music Pass Yes Yes Yes
MSN[b] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Halo Waypoint
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Sports Picks No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Avatar Kinect No Yes Kinect Yes Yes No
Kinect Fun Labs Yes Yes Kinect Yes Yes No
Game Room Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Bing Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Xbox Live Cloud No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Upload Studio No Yes No Yes No Yes
Game DVR No Yes No Yes No Yes
Social networking services
No Yes
  • Kinect
  • Skype account
No No Yes
No Yes account Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Twitter account No Yes No
No Yes Facebook account No Yes No
Television & other entertainment services
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
ABC iView
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Instant Video
No Yes Amazon account (Optional Amazon Prime subscription available) Yes Yes Yes
BBC iPlayer
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Canal+ subscription Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Crunchyroll premium membership Yes Yes Yes
Demand 5
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes WatchESPN affiliated ISP Yes Yes Yes
Foxtel On Xbox Live
No Yes Foxtel On Xbox Live subscription Yes Yes Yes
Hulu Plus
No Yes Hulu Plus subscription Yes Yes Yes
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes account Yes Yes Yes
Live events Yes Yes Requirements vary by event Yes Yes Yes
Live TV Yes Yes Cable provider subscription Yes Yes Yes
Miss Teen USA
No Yes No Annually Yes Yes
Miss Universe No Yes Club Universe Diamond membership No No Yes No Yes subscription Yes Yes Yes
Movistar Imagenio
No Yes Imagenio subscription Yes Yes Yes
NFL on Xbox
No Yes
  • NFL account
  • Cable provider subscription (Xbox One)
No Yes Yes
Netflix movie streaming
No Yes Netflix subscription Yes Yes Yes
Network Ten
No No No Yes Yes Yes
SBS on Demand
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Sky Go
No Yes Sky TV subscription or pay-per-view;
additional subscriptions required to access some content.
Yes Yes Yes
No Yes Optik TV subscription & kit Yes Yes Yes
AT&T U-Verse TV
Yes Yes AT&T U-Verse Subscription & Kit Yes Yes Yes
Verizon FiOS TV
No Yes Verizon FiOS TV and Internet accounts Yes Yes Yes
Vodafone Casa TV
Yes Yes Vodafone Casa TV subscription Yes Yes No
No Yes Xfinity Digital Preferred and Xfinity Internet accounts Yes Yes Yes
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Yes Credit card (to purchase fights) Yes Yes Yes
Vevo No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
No Yes YouTube account Yes Yes Yes
No Yes WWE account Yes Yes Yes
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes



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