Xbox 360 owners who don't have Live Gold accounts can join in on some of the usual festivities this weekend.
Xbox users who log in during Microsoft's extended weekend will find free access to SyFy, Crackle, Epix, YouTube, Vevo, and other entertainment sites. Netflix and Hulu Plus are kicking in free 30-day trials. And other online providers will offer streaming music and movies.
The promo is obviously aimed at drumming up more Xbox Live Gold memberships for Microsoft. But the offerings seem a bit slim. YouTube and some of the other sites can be accessed anywhere. And free 30-day trials for Netflix and Hulu Plus are always available to new users.
Microsoft is also focusing strictly on entertainment, meaning no free access to online gaming or other perks that Gold members enjoy.
As an Xbox user but non-Gold member, I'll certainly fire up my console this weekend to peek at the action. I'd enjoy a weekend of free access to Epix, SyFy, and a couple of the other services. But otherwise, there doesn't seem to be much being offered here that I can't already find elsewhere.