Is Microsoft Ready to Take On Netflix and

May 21 is going to be a big day for Microsoft as it rolls out its next-generation gaming console, but it may also be introducing a digital video service.

Tech blogger Paul Thurrott is hearing that the new Xbox system will retail for $499, but that the software giant will also have a $299 price point for buyers committing to a $10-per-month subscription plan. The $10 plan would naturally cover the $200 price cut and perhaps an Xbox Live Gold subscription, but there has to be more than that. has been beefing up its Amazon Prime value proposition by loading up on digital goodies, including a streaming video service that is a distant competitor to Netflix .

Microsoft has made no bones about making its gaming console an entertainment hub for all things video. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings did leave Microsoft's board last year.

In this video, longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz explores the reasons that Microsoft may be ready to take on Netflix and Amazon with its own online video buffet.

It's incredible to think just how much of our digital and technological lives are almost entirely shaped and molded by just a handful of companies. Find out "Who Will Win the War Between the 5 Biggest Tech Stocks?" in The Motley Fool's latest free report, which details the knock-down, drag-out battle being waged by the five kings of tech. Click here to keep reading.

The article Is Microsoft Ready to Take On Netflix and originally appeared on

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of Netflix. The Motley Fool recommends and Netflix. The Motley Fool owns shares of, Microsoft, and Netflix. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.