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Netflix subscribers can Watch House of Cards free this weekend on Xbox 360, Super Bowl ads on Hulu

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Microsoft is unlocking the Xbox 360's Netflix and Hulu apps this weekend, so that all Xbox 360 members with Netflix subscriptions can watch a Netflix original show and Super Bowl ads, according to a post on Major Nelson's blog.

Xbox 360 users with Netflix subscriptions can watch House of Cards, an original show produced for Netflix staring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher, through the Netflix app. They can also access Hulu AdZone to "watch your favorite commercials from this year's Super Bowl, as well as commercials from as far back as 2008." Other Super Bowl-related content will be available through the "Ready to Rumble" tile on the Xbox dashboard.

Under normal circumstances, services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Go each require separate subscriptions and are restricted to Xbox Live Gold members. For this weekend, the subscription to Xbox Live Gold will be waived so that viewers only need a Netflix subscription. A 12-month Gold subscription is $59.99 or $9.99 a month.