If you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, then you in store for a bunch of treats. If you do not have an subscription to XBL Gold, then get one. If you do not have an Xbox 360, ask for a console for a Christmas present. This is due to new services in the form of web apps being available for anybody that has an XBL Gold account.
The online news site called Engaget, which is owned by AOL, reports of new apps
that will be available to anybody that has an XBL Gold account. The two applications are Vimeo and AOL On.
With the first app, Vimeo, users can share videos through XBL and Facebook. However, that might be a tactic to get people to subscribe to the Vimeo Pro service.
The second app, AOL On, will provide users with almost 400,000 videos. If you have an account with XBL Gold, then you can get access to content from various sources such as CNET, Huffington Post, and so forth.
If you have a subscription to Verizon FIOS and XBL, then you be able to access almost 80 new channels. With these apps, it really turns your Xbox 360 console into a portable entertainment system. With that said, perhaps you may not need to get a cable or satellite TV subscription. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection, Verizon FIOS for those to get the special service features, and an Xbox 360 console with a subscription to XBL Gold.
However, that's not all.
For those that are into independent films, there is the SnagFilms app
that's also available for XBL.
If you are a fan of Japanese anime and Asian drama, you can take advantage of the Crunchyroll app
. That's provided that you have a subscription to XBL Gold. Having this app as an XBL Gold subscriber gives the same benefits as those that have a premium membership on the website. First, you can watch anime and Asian drama titles without commercials and in HD. Currently, the premium membership plan
for Crunchyroll is almost $7 per month.
Another benefit of having the Crunchyroll app is the simulcast. That means you can watch the latest episodes of currently airing Japanese anime one hour after they air in Japan. In the case of free members, they have to wait a couple of days before accessing the episode. It works in a similar way as Hulu and its Hulu Plus plan.
With these apps available, perhaps one may want to get a subscription to XBL Gold. As for Crunchroll, the service is also available for the following: Apple iOS, Google Android, Google TV, Roku Box, Windows Phone, and the Playstation 3.