This is something i have been thinking about lately as i really thought at this point in the life of the 360 online play would be free. I think its total bullshit at this point for them to charge 50 bucks a year for a big part of your gameplay experience when you are still paying full price for the games you buy and thats really all it gets you.
They dont offer anything close to what PSN offers for Plus subscribers in terms of benifits and discounts, there adds are really intrusive and in your face all the time on the dash board and the excuse that Live has better support really doesn't fly anymore. I was sent a email last week from them saying that i need to renew by the 15 of October or i cant play online, which also caused me to say fuck buying NHL 13 as im not going to buy that and also keep my live sub up for it when i could get it on ps3 and pay nothing to play online.
With how far the internet has come since 2006 i dont think theres anyone at this point who can present a good reason for why they charge for things like party Netflix streaming. I mean I already pay Netflix to watch the movies... why do i have to pay Microsoft to play them on my 360? I will not buy there next system at all if i am required to pay for these basic features.