Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe

Don't have a set-top box to connect through your Xbox One? Microsoft has you covered with the newly launched Xbox One Digital TV Tuner. This handy device provides an "over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience," negating the need to connect a set-top box via HDMI. The digital TV tuner is now available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99.

The Digital Tuner supports free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards. Users with a Kinect-enabled version of the Xbox One can use voice-guided navigation to access content through OneGuide. As noted previously, here are some highlighted features of the TV Tuner for Xbox One:

  • Watch HD TV on Xbox One: With the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you can watch free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television channels without changing TV inputs. You can receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV and even watch TV while you wait for a multiplayer match to start.
  • TV Viewing in Snap Mode: You can watch TV using the Snap mode, watching TV on the side and leaving the main screen for games, Skype, or other applications.
  • Pause Live TV: Pause your favorite show when you get up to take a break.
  • TV Listings in the OneGuide: TV listings will be available in the OneGuide. From anywhere, say "Xbox show guide, what's on BBC One?" to quickly navigate directly to that channel's listings. Favorite Channels in the OneGuide: Create your own personal Favorites in the OneGuide so you can easily choose what you want to watch.
  • Channel Tuning by Voice: The OneGuide allows you to call out your favorite TV channel by name and start watching it instantly. The OneGuide on Xbox SmartGlass: Now you have access to the full OneGuide on the new Xbox SmartGlass app with the ability to tune channels on your TV.
  • TV On Demand: TV listings in the OneGuide will indicate which shows are available on demand from video apps.

Pick up the tuner from the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab). Will you be picking one up to really get down for some serious visual entertainment?

Source: Xbox Wire (opens in new tab)

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  • DVB-T...
    I might get one and see how it works in Australia. Even if I need to change regions, or if the experience is limited. Has anyone else tried using a tuner outside of the designated region?
  • I second this! If this device works in Australia, I'm all for buying one. I'm almost convinced to take the plunge myself!
  • let us know how it goes, I would be interested too.
  • I second the second of this!!!
  • Same with me
  • Me too!
  • It seems all eyes are on you, buddy! (or me. Whoever takes that first step) heh. :)
  • Yes please, do let your fellow Aussies know! ;D
  • This is an interesting view into a different world. In Canada, virtually everyone has a cable box. The number of channels you can get over-the-air is pathetically small here. The few people I know who don't have cable also don't have antennas, and have simply chosen to not watch TV anymore. Been that way since the late '60s/early '70s. Reading these comments from Europeans and Australians has been absolutely fascinating.
  • Actually according to latest statistics Canada has the highest number of cord cutters, earlier this year we were listed at 30% which is pretty high. I've been part of that statistic for 3 years already. What the Xbox One needs is the ability to scrape sites for available legal content like the Boxee Box does.
  • I mentioned in my original comment that most people have cable in Canada (they do), but also acknowledged that I know those that don't.  The difference is that the "cord cutters" in Canada don't commonly seem to have a television antenna either.  Whereas watching TV over antenna is far from unheard of in Australia, the UK, etc., based on comments to this article!  :) Canada's geography isn't kind to terrestrial TV.  Much of Canada is very rugged, making signal propagation difficult.  Where it's not, such as the prairies, the population density tends to be low which works against terrestrial TV making sense. And I don't know any true "cord cutters".  Everyone I know is still on terrestrial *something*.  In many cases it's a terrestrial internet connection, for example.  A true cord cutter wouldn't use cable or DSL internet.  :)  That said, television subscribership is undoubtedly down in recent years.  Though I think some of those people are still watching TV shows, through digital distribution.
  • I can't see it working. In the UK we get our free channels through the aerial on the roof, so all this dongle is doing is replacing a separate receiver box under the telly. The lead from the antenna still needs to plug into the dongle first before it goes through the Xbox to the tv.
    You need to already be receiving the signal before the dongle can do anything.
  • Sweet
  • I want this in the US so I can cut the cord and enjoy OTA TV with the benefits of the XBox One features. Bring it on MS.
  • Good luck, i bet the US cable companies has that on lock and key
  • They don't. That's why CableCard exists. Currently, I use a 3 tuner with one cable card to record on Microsoft Media Center.
    *grumble grumble* I can watch those shows through the 360. Not supported on XboxOne. Furthermore, OTA NTSC is digital and HD.
  • Yea, me too, I have a 4 tuner cablecard tuner. Some areas still use clear QAM with cable (of course not mine) where you will get basic local channels in HD. If your in a strong signal area. you should be able to get all local HD channels over rabbit ears. Now it's just how to get it into the xbox one... Still anyway about it, Microsoft should support Media Center supported USB based tuners on the Xbox one. I wonder, I still have a ATI cablecard tuner sitting around(unused right now), maybe I should drop my cablecard in and pulg it into the Xbox one to see what happens
  • I can't imagine it will work. Worth a shot.... If I remember correctly, the driver created a network card and communicated through that interface.
  • For the CableCard people,  you have to read what the President of Hauppauge is saying. It looks like the politicians and the cable companies may be getting rid of CableCard soon with the stroke of a pen:
  • Thanks for the link!
  • Windows Media Center, Xbox 360, and Silicon Dust Homerun digital tuner.
    Microsoft needs to add it all to Xbox One and a US cable card tuner.
  • Isn't there a digital box equivalent of the "bunny ears" that people used to use for broadcast TV but now that networks have gone digital, we should be able to get something similar to this... Tell me I'm wrong. =[
  • You are not wrong. It's been discussed in the forums. I've been using a Homeworx MediaSonic settop box since 2013 to watch free, OTA live TV on my Xbox One here in the U.S. With OneGuide. In other words, U.S. Xbox owners don't need this product. We've been able to do this since Day One.
  • Homeworx for the win at $35. Points to MS for full control of the box too.
  • Yes. With the correct tuner, you can use those 'ol bunny ears on it.
  • The difference is this device goes through USB not the HDMI which the digital converter boxes go thru.
  • I agree with ya whole-heartedly, but because of the cable companies hold on the airwaves, that won't be an easy fix....
  • Lol. Now you can have two tuners in europe. One of them completely useless. Genious.
  • Why the * in 4&5?
  • I intend to buy one as a test, I have cable on my main TV through the Xbox One but in the bedroom we don't, we currently have a TV hooked up to a Humax freeview box. My wife doesn't use this boxes facilities so it just serves the telly, I intend to buy my wife an Xbox One and hook up the TV tuner so she can use the simple interface and it will be the same as she is used to in the front room.   Will try and get it this week from a shop but if not will order it from MS.     Bob
  • where is the pcmcia slot. useless    
  • I've preordered mine from Amazon and it has a release date of 24th Oct. Annoying. Oh well, patience is a virtue.
  • Would buy it with pcmcia support for CAD.
  • What about DVB-S2
  • If this gave XboxOne DVR capabilities, I would be out bying three Xboxes with the tuner this minute.
  • Then everyone would try to do that then bye bye cable companies lol
  • YES, goodbye indeed... * cue evil laugh * =P
  • The main question is why it is not available on HDMI port but rather and USB Coaxial port? Also applies to HDMI streaming.
  • That is what Windows Media Center did.....a DVR that you can edit the registry on and customize to your needs, even go as high as 12 tuners and use Xbox 360's as extenders to view all content (some acceptions to this) on other tvs. With a 2 second regstry change, I could pause tv for 12 hours....Yep, pause tv, get up the next morning and continue watching...I've done it before...
  • Microsoft need to migrate the DVR feature of the Windows Media Center, Xbox 360, digital tuner solution to Xbox One.
  • I also want that DVR feature!
  • In Germany we need an DVB-S2 device much more than this one... Plz Microsoft, create and release one!
  • I hope this comes to Scandinavia also.
  • It looks like it's DVB-T and DVB-C so it should already be compatible, they just need tomake it available.
  • Windows central needs a comment vote feature
  • It does have a comment vote feature if you're on the website.
  • App needs comment vote
  • Here's an idea, instead of just the Reply To when you press and hold, there could be two more options...or not, whatever lol =P
  • Code is hard
  • Couldn't wait so just ordered it after seeing the video with the streaming to smartglass feature.       Bob    
  • I'm down for the count here in Germany!!! Even when I have DVB-T, i want to experience the Multiversum the Xbox Entertainment Console can give me!!! i'm on it....
  • Voice control is to temperamental on Xbox One and I don't see it working with this device. Might as well get a primer smart tv box and simply plug into your tv and use apps on iOS or Android (again MS are behind in this department!) to do most things this service does
  • You need to re set up your Kinect if you thinkt that is the case. Mine works flawlessly.
  • Unless you have environmental noise ir other people talking in the room. Those can impact voice accuracy.
  • True, but i find if you have some constant background noise like a washing machine and set the kinect up whilst that is going on, then Kinect learns to ignore the noise a bit better :)
  • Looks good, but seems like something they should have built into the console itself. I'll wait and see if the next 'xbox one slim' has it (but only if it allows recording to hard drive)
  • In theory that could be done with a software patch. I've had one on pre order for the last 3 months, I'll post in the forums how I get on and if it gets any updates.
  • How can they software patch a coaxial port into the console?? :P
  • Sorry i​ meant the DVR function.
  • If this came to Australia I'll ditch my PlayStation 3 with PlayTV immediately. That's all I'm using it for these days (well that and GTA V, but that's coming to PC in January). One thing I really want to know is if this can record TV to the hard drive automatically (i.e.. I set a recording in advance, the Xbox turns on by itself, records and then turns back off when it's done). My PS3 can do this so I really hope the Xbox can.
  • Yep, just got rid of the Virgin box. This should work much better with out the silly IR integration
  • I downloaded Minecraft on windows phone!
  • I'm from the future
  • You should go back there.......or forward there.....idk
  • I would defininatley get both an XBOX One and this if it could be used as a full PVR (if it can live pause then surely this is possible?), but then two or tuners would be a must, next version MS?
  • Great!! now Microsoft just need to launch a version compatible with the brazilian standard
  • Might be interesting indeed. Not only for the UI, but to fully use my old home cinema system (which only have optical, no HDMI). Plus with the MKV support coming, the xbox will really be the center of media that Microsoft sold us
  • Couldn't you just connect your tv via USB to the Xbox and achieve the same without having to spend 30 pounds?
  • Actually, let me rephrase that, why don't they just let you connect your tv via USB to the one and help people save 30 pounds?
  • Do TVs output video by USB? And would a TV be outputting regular channels while on the input channel needed for the Xbox Onr to display on screen?
  • I know some TVs allow recording to USB, so that means they also send information as well as receive it.
    However whether this means the tv actually needs to be set up to send the information or not (for this specific case), I'm unsure.
  • Now that I've thought some more on it, it's not feasible, it could be achieved but would require the tv to be set up in such a way for it to happen (an app for a smart tv could probably do it).
  • Please bring to US
  • OK, so THIS is awesome. Im actually considering buying a Xbox One just for this. Can you record TV too?
  • Unfortunately, no. But I feel like a software update could fix that!
  • Ordered. I bought a Bush set top box to take advantage of the TV functions, while it's great the box itself is a bit clunky as unfortunately there isn't really much of a selection of Freeview HD boxes so it was a essentially the best of a bad bunch. The streaming TV sounds cool although I'm not sure if I'll use it.
  • Nice!
  • It's too bad MS sold their soul for Xbox One, with all the devices capable of running Windows, the desire of many to buy the cable, it seems the stupidest time to kill Media Center. They should be ashamed of themselves that I should have to run a 360 through my One. Furthermore, when friends come over and see, they want, until I explain MS is in the process of killing it, and just because they are even more stupid, 8 wont work with Ceton Echo.
  • What ?!
  • Yeah, that was said b4 coffee. Oh, and cut the cable, not buy. I'll at least try to fix that. :)
  • I bought my 360 a couple of years ago primarily to use as an extender to my W8/Ceton PC. Were I in the same position now, I would just get a Roku 3. I am currently transitioning from WMC to Plex because I think MS is very likely to drop it altogether with W10. 
  • Need it for the usa
  • We have been able to watch OTA live TV in the USA on Xbox One since Day One with the Homeworx media box, actually.
  • Yes, please bring this to the USA!
  • Ordered :)
  • Just ordered from the MS Store (UK) had a £10 voucher so got it for £15 so not bad. Best I get my ariel connected now lol Kimbie
  • Okay, so I currently have my XB1 going to my monitor and my SP2 into the HDMI in, therefore allowing extended desktop when on the TV app in XB1. Because I don't have a Freeview box or it built into the monitor, I was looking at this.
    My concern is, with this plugged into the USB, how will the XB1 use my SP2 in HDMI in and this when I go to the TV app (if they allow the XB1 to act like a HDMI switch, prompting me to choose this USB or my HDMI in, problem solved, if not, problem).
    Anyone know what would happen, or am I going old school back to a HDMI switch to the monitor?
  • Had mine preordered since last month from the MS store. Should ship soon!
  • Like with USA carriers, TV providers have a lot more power, which could explain why it didn't launch in the USA, yet anyway. xd
  • I have my 360 connected to my One via HDMi. When I say, "Xbox, go to TV". Does it take me to the tuner, or the 360?
  • +925
  • I have been using windows media centre for years. Recently got sky tv on special offer, about £3/month. OMG WMC is miles better and free. If their tuner is as good, will be worth getting.
  • Not available in UK if you go to game.
    I went today as I preordered it and they knew nothing of a tuner.... Turns out it is now out on the 24th
    And still they know of no tuner so close to the date.
  • Wish they had this in the United States.
  • Have had this on order for a while should arrive Friday which suits me as I am on business.
  • Has anybody noticed the terms that state it wont stream to windows phone? (see terms on xbone page) not a huge biggy as I have my surface pro 3 but weird they wont support smart glass streaming to wp
  • Will this work instead of 955Q model?  I found 950Q on CL for 10 bucks.  I want it, but don't know if it will work.   The specs are the same, I can't tell what the difference is??   HELP LOL