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Xbox Live Entertainment Applications Are Free For Five Days

Xbox users that haven't yet subscribed to any of the online entertainment applications their console has to offer will be getting a free trial for the whole lot between the 19th and 23rd of April. This includes:

  • 4oD
  • Blink Box
  • Crackle
  • Daily Motion
  • Demand 5
  • Last.FM
  • LoveFilm
  • MSN Video
  • Muzu.TV
  • Netflix
  • Screenrush
  • Sky
  • Vevo
  • Youtube

This isn't just a deal for Gold subscribers either. If you rarely venture online and have yourself one of those free accounts (Silver), you'll still be able to access all available applications. Some of these usually cost several pounds per month, including LoveFilm and NetFlix - though they'll be completely free over these few days.

The official Microsoft statement reads: "Along with BBC iPlayer, Zune Movies and Zune Music, which are all available on Microsoft's Xbox Live free platform, you can unlock a comprehensive world of live and on-demand television, movies, sports and music controlled using your voice and gestures, thanks to the power of Kinect, the Windows Phone companion app or via a standard Xbox 360 controller."

Along with the other console manufacturers, Microsoft is keen to push the Xbox as an entertainment platform as much as a gaming system. Considering some analysts and developers believe the traditional console market is dying, that might not be such a bad idea.

Source: MCVUK (opens in new tab)

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