At this point, as long as you have a steady internet connection, I can’t imagine not having Xbox Live if you own and use an Xbox 360. Sure, it is a premium subscription service with some subscription services that are available to everyone else on most platforms as long as they subscribe to the product put behind a further pay window of Xbox Live. Stuff like Netflix, Hulu Plus and streaming music services are available to anyone with a smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, even PlayStation 3, Wii U and just about any other internet connected device, but Microsoft makes you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription to get to them. Weird.
Even with all of that, it really does seem like you need to have a Gold account if you have an Xbox 360 and use it. If for some reason you never had one or you let yours run out due to disinterest or because of using another console more, next weekend you’ll have the opportunity to once again give Xbox Live Gold a test drive. The promotion lasts from March 8th to the 10th and there should be some cool multiplayer events going on for select games as well.