OP, I doubt that MS will change its policy. Right now, there's no impetus for them to. They make a ton of $ from gold subs and, as a business, I can't see them removing the need for gold to do anything online.
What I would suggest is, instead of paying the yearly gold fee if you only use gold for Netflix and the like, get a Roku box or other such device. You can get the lower models for what a year of gold would cost and then the only fee you'd pay would be to Netflix, Hulu +, etc. I use one in my room and it works great. It's small, too, so it won't take up a lot of room.