This is not a joke: I checked and April 1st is still months away. Microsoft has patented a device that counts the people sitting in front of the TV and negates access to media content if too many people are watching until you pay more money.
Basically, in the (near?) future, shows and movies you rent on XBOX, Netflix or what have you, may come with a user limit, past which playback will stop and you will need to pay extra money for it to resume. Simply put, the more people you invite to sit in front of the TV, the more you're going to pay.
The way I see it, this is an orwellian nightmare: imagine if you decide to rent a movie and unexpected guests comes visiting and you welcome them on the couch to share the movie, at which point playback stops until you pay extra for each new viewer.
Also, this sounds a lot like a rib of Kinect technology and we all know how well that crap works, right? Imagine the stupid device mistaking a table lamp for a head or a coat rack for a person and negating playback out of the blue. And let's not even go on the potential privacy violation of having a camera constantly watching you whenever you want to watch something.
Is there no bottom to the Microsoft barrel? And then they complain about piracy.