4 reasons to connect your TV service with the Xbox One

Did you know you could connect your TV service with your Xbox One? Doing so makes the Xbox even more than just a gaming console in the living room. Still undecided whether or not you should set up your TV service with Xbox? We've got four reasons that might convince you. Watch our hands-on video.

1: Turn on the TV with voice

The first reason you'll love about connecting your cable box to the Xbox One is the ability to turn it on with your voice. When you say 'Xbox, On' your Xbox One will turn on along with your television, and immediately show the previous channel you were watching. You'll need to change some settings. Make sure the to enable 'On start, go to TV' under Settings – Power & startup.

Another reason to connect your cable TV to the Xbox One is to see the list of what's currently trending. The Trending tab displays the top 20 most watched TV shows, which is updated every minute. You can see a list of what's trending based on conversations from Twitter or the number of Xbox One owners currently watching that show.

3: OneGuide listings and favorites

The third reason is OneGuide. You bring it up by pressing X on the Xbox One controller. You can see TV listings here and even add your favorite channels for quicker access. One thing we'd like to see in an update is the ability to search for shows.

4: Snap TV app

Last but not least, the fourth reason to connect your TV service to the Xbox One is that you can snap the TV app. This means you can play a game while watching TV on the side. This is so awesome! You can play Call of Duty or FIFA 15 while watching football at the same time. In order to do this, just double tap the Xbox button on your controller and select TV from the list of snappable apps.

Have we convinced you? Will you connect your TV and use OneGuide on your Xbox One? Know another reason to connect the TV with the Xbox? Sound off in the comments!

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.