Netflix and Hulu have become staples in the living room. You are almost expected to have a device of some sort that can access the vast libraries of entertainment they have, and for some time the easiest way to access them were the game consoles that most of us gamers own. But there was always a downside. If you had an Xbox you had to have the gold level of Xbox Live to access the services you already paid for. Kind of lame when you consider the fact that you have never need to pay extra if you have a PlayStation 3 or 4, AppleTV, ChromeCast, or any other number of devices capable of streaming. But that is changing, all for the better.
Stating in June Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will be able to access a number of streaming apps without needing Xbox Live Gold. We will get access to NetFlix, YouTube, Machinima, Hulu Plus and more for just having the console. This has been a long time coming. If you want to see more details you can check out this handy chart that Microsoft has provided us.