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.
- Online Multiplayer:
As said previously, the prime reason for getting a Gold subscription in the 1st Place
- Party 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
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 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
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.
- Amazon.com 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
Uverse.com 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-
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
Watch hundreds of movies and TV shows online. Crackle offers all your favorite genres uncut, unedited, and unbelievably free — Just press play!
Official, legal streaming anime videos including Naruto Shippuden, Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online, Skip Beat, and Shugo Chara. Start watching now
Dailymotion is a French video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos.
It’s an original vs. remake stand off: Which Red Dawn do you prefer? Watch them both on EPIX.com
Live sports, news, features and statistics for all major sports: Football, Cricket, Rugby, F1, Boxing, Golf, Tennis, UFC, as well as latest news
Facebook is an online social networking service. Its name comes from a colloquialism for the directory given to students at some American universities
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 Fox, FX, Fox Crime, Fox Life, Fox Sports, National Geographic Channel, STAR 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
- HBO GO
- Hulu Plus
Watch any current season episode of dozens of popular TV shows with Hulu Plus
IGN’s Xbox Live Arcade channel is the ultimate resource for trailers, screenshots, cheats, walkthroughs, release dates, previews, reviews, soundtracks, guides
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
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.com is a gaming and media streaming website, and a Multi Channel Network. Machinima.com 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
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 MSNBC.com content with your voice
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 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,
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.
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
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
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 is the leading independent free online video service that offers hit digital TV shows including Diggnation with Kevin Rose
Rhapsody gives you instant access to 18 million songs to play wherever life takes you. Build your perfect ad-free music experience
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 skygo.com 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 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.
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 is an American Spanish-language broadcast television network that is owned by the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal.
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 is the world’s largest video platform and community for gamers. More than 20 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast
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
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
Watch your favorite artist’s music videos, see premiere performances and search for new music on VEVO.com.
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, 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
24/7 streaming service that will include live content as well as on-demand content
Xbox Music gives you access to millions of songs to stream for free with Windows 8 and on the web at music.xbox.com. Search for any artist
- Xbox Tournaments
WIN CASH AND PRIZES with XBOX TOURNAMENTS with Virgin Gaming™
Comcast Corporation is the largest mass media and communications company in the world by revenue
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
||Live Gold||Additionalrequirements||Currently available||Xbox 360||Xbox One|
|Voice chat||Yes||Yes||Headset (wired or wireless) or Kinect||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 Music||No||Yes||Xbox Music Pass||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Kinect Fun Labs||Yes||Yes||Kinect||Yes||Yes||No|
|Xbox Live Cloud||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Social networking services|
|Television & other entertainment services|
|Amazon.com Instant Video
||No||Yes||Amazon account (Optional Amazon Prime subscription available)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
||No||Yes||Crunchyroll premium membership||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|
||No||Yes||Hulu Plus subscription||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
|Miss Universe||No||Yes||Club Universe Diamond membership||No||No||Yes|
|NFL on Xbox
|Netflix movie streaming
|SBS on Demand
||No||Yes||Sky TV subscription or pay-per-view;
additional subscriptions required to access some content.
|TELUS Optik TV
||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|