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Xbox One adds over-the-air TV tuner support for US and Canadian preview users

Microsoft is adding over-the-air TV tuner support to the Xbox One. The new feature is being made available first for members of the console's preview program in the US and Canada.

Hauppauge TV Tuner

Watching over-the-air TV through the Xbox One will require the purchase of a digital HDTV antenna and the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q tuner, which will connect to the console's USB port. It's currently available via several retailers, including Amazon.com, which is selling it for $61.67. Microsoft and Hauppauge will sell a lower cost version of the tuner, under the name Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One, for $59.99 sometime in the next few months.

Once the TV tuner and antenna have been plugged in and set up, Xbox One users can enjoy the following features.

  • Watch Over-the-Air TV on Xbox One: With the supported TV tuner and antenna, you can watch free, over-the-air television channels available in your area without changing TV inputs. TV interweaves itself seamlessly with your gaming experience on Xbox One, enabling you to watch TV while you wait for a multiplayer match to start or even receive game invitations and notifications while watching your favorite show.
  • OneGuide for TV Listings across Sources: OneGuide provides a full-screen view of all of your TV listings. In addition, MiniGuide allows you to quickly browse the TV listings and see the latest Tweets about the show you're watching in the U.S. You can use your Xbox One Controller or the Xbox One Media Remote to navigate the OneGuide and MiniGuide.
  • TV Viewing in Snap: Snapping TV allows you to watch TV on the right side of your screen and leave the main screen for games, Skype or other applications.
  • Pause Live TV: Need to take a break? Pause whatever you're watching and Xbox will cache for up to 30 minutes so you can catch up when you get back.
  • Favorite Channels: Easily build your own customized OneGuide by marking channels as "favorites," so that you can easily see what's on the channels you care about and tune-in.
  • Changing Channels by Voice with Kinect: The OneGuide allows you to set up and call out your favorite TV channel by name and start watching it instantly. Simply say "Xbox, watch NBC," to quickly switch between channels.
  • Stream Over-the-Air TV to Xbox One SmartGlass: Now you have access to your full OneGuide in the Xbox One SmartGlass app with the ability to tune channels on your TV and stream TV within your home from your Xbox One to one or more of your devices. Xbox One SmartGlass is available on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

There's no word yet on when the over-the-air TV tuner feature will be offered to all Xbox One users in the US and Canada. Microsoft also announced today that the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, which is already available in parts of Europe and Australia, is now accessible in 11 more countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland) for preview members.

Get the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q from Amazon (opens in new tab) - $61.67

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

106 Comments
  • I wish there was support for HDHomeRun.
  • Agreed!  Or at least Windows Media Center.
  • Yes! This!
  • Having access to network tuners would be awesome, and make one less box I need to support in my house.
  • HDHR support would rock. It would.eliminate my need to keep my Media Center PC, which I could use for other things right now.
  • Agreed. HDHomerun Prime. This is a step in the right direction but that tuner is crap.
  • Same! With DVR.
  • We need to ask HDHR to make an app for XBoxOne. They just made one for Kodi.
  • Agreed. I've been contacting Silicondust.com who makes the HD Homerun Prime suggesting they make a Universal Windows app, with DVR. That way it would run on all Windows devices, PC, Xbox One, Tablet and phone. =)
  • Doesnt their dlna versions do that allready
  • What about support for coax digital cable with clear qam without a cable box?"
  • The currently sold(under the Hauppauge label) tuner supports clearqam
  • The one in the article? Because they only mention over the air tv. What about coax cable without a cable box?
  • I wonder if this service will ever come to EU.
    Hopefully the EU commission will abolish the internet borders between its own countries and then we will be able to use services wherever we are in EU.
  • I think its already available in the EU region, or at least some of the countries...
  • It is already available in EU. I know it works for sure in UK and germany 
  • the tuner launched in the eu first. this has nothing to do with the internet and it isn't a service. this is over the air tv reception.
  • What about the XBox One tuner?
  • Good question. I love the review on that btw, how they factored in being late on a Christmas gift.
  • That's the EU one.  Look at the connector in the picture.  Not coax.
  • that tuner doesn't support the North American ATSC standard.
  • Ah okay, thanks!
  • That's awesome, now I def wont get cable when I move to my new apt! Just get internet and pay for HBO go and hulu/netflix! If only there was a way to pay for ESPN separately, that will be the only thing ill miss from cable!
  • SlingTV includes several ESPN channels and, I believe, it is available as an app for Xbox one.
  • yep, Sling has ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line and SEC Network
  • Good call! Forgot about sling! Sling, ota, hbo go it is!
  • Use Kodi and Sports devil. Won't be in HiDef, but it'll be free.
  • Why can't they enable SmartGlass streaming for those of us who already watch live OTA TV on our Xbox One's via the Homeworx box?
  • I'm using the Homeworx box as well. Works pretty well. It integrated into XBox One fairly easily.
  • Because its got dvr support(which is pointless because they disabled clearqam)
  • I have the same question as coip. Here's hoping they do enable it for us. I have been using the HW150PVR (which is cheaper) for one year with my Xbox One with no issues whatsoever.
  • What remote code are you using for the homeworx box? I can't get the Xbox controller to work. Thanks for any help
  • If anyone is feeling generous I would certainly appreciate an invite! Pleaseeeee. My gamer tag is Makeshiftballer.
  • Finally! XboX one digital tv tuner available in Poland. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! Been waiting for this since launch!
  • That's freaking awesome! Finally!
  • guys i have a question, i have a bunch of satalite tv sport channels that require dual dycreption (card and reciver id) i can watch them using the hdmi in on my xbox, but i cant change the channels  how can i stream those around the house ? and have control over the channels ? with or without the xbox    the only one i could found the sling which basicly replicates the hdmi output, but its apps are redicoulously priced
  • Next step Ceton Tuner support
  • MSFT gets my money as soon as this is done. I am not about to leave Ceton.
  • I would love them to add a DVR function to this.
  • Legalities..
  • Can't wait to save $1.68 on the cheaper one
  • Lol:p
  • Ha!
  • Cool
  • Thats pretty cool. I wonder if it will let you record live TV. My old laptop with a tv tuner allows me to record live television.
  • That was an idea with 360 that never came to be(due to hdd size albeit)
  • Cool cool. Now I can Skype and watch TV at the same time.
  • When is this update going to be made available to preview members? That info would be helpful, no?
  • the update was already released, I think last week
  • There is no such thing as a digital antenna. The frequencies never changed from analog to digital, therefore the antennas never changed. So many people took the bait and bought new antennas and tossed their old ones.
  • Damn. That thing runs 100$ here in Canada. Pass.
  • Even higher http://promotions.newegg.ca/neemail/latest/index-landing.aspx?_ga=1.5715...
  • What about the WinTV-850? I'm using it with Windows Media Center
  • Guessing there not providing them to testers or a discount. Guessing smartglass is using a special version of wtv extend
  • Last week I hooked up the new Mediasonic Homeworx HWSTB180 (new version on Amazon) to my XBoxOne and I am able to use OneGuide and my Xbox One remote.  The XBox One recognized the Homeworx. I had a HW150PVR - which died - that was not recognized. Have not tried the DVR feature yet.
  • Strange. I have been using the HW150PVR for about a year with my Xbox One with no issues.
  • I also have used the HW-150-PVR with Xbox One with no issues since Day One.
  • OTA TV (Basically Local news and sports broadcasts) - no monthly cost Netflix for movies - $8/month Hulu for essentially "OTA On Demand" and a few other shows - $8/month Sling basic package - $20 OneDrive hosting all movies/music/tv shows I already own - No monthly cost Cord Cutting FTW!  
  • for most though internet cost is giong to be expensive, unless you go with a slower plan with ATT.    For me comcast cable is expensive, pilling all these services together would essentially make me pay more although i may be getting some sport channels. 
  • Don't forget high speed internet cost.
  • Working on getting ISP covered by my employer so that'll make it even better. You're right though, it is another cost. It just feels good not to have to pay for 3000 channels I'll never watch.
  • I have never understood the argument people make claiming they are paying for channels they (specifically "they") don't watch. Are they also irritated "they" have to "pay" for internet access to web sites they never visit? How about roads "they" never drive on? Free choice to opt in or not, is good.
  • Roads are a public utility, not a personal one so that's not a very good parallel. "They" are not paying for access to web sites, "they" are paying for bandwidth. If the cable TV companies used a similar model all channels would be available but only accessible a certain resolution or quality.
  • Internet access is for far more then just websites. I pay for access to a wide area network, not for access to websites.
  • You can get Hulu Plus for free using Bing Rewards. Save $8.
  • Hate to ask for favors but can anyone invite me to the preview program? Gamertag: WizardBTB looking to try this, thanks! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Android users don't get invited by me. Sorry.
  • Cool way to point out that you're a dick.
  • Yup I love windows phone! There is no other for me!
  • That's great and all, but not everyone has a choice. So you decide to descriminate based on zero info other than what OS he uses. Kind of ignorant dude.
  • Haha, thanks... Nothing wrong with wanting MLB At Bat for my baseball viewing fix. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Odd no update here. First time wc told me first.
  • While I would still prefer WMC support, I actually have 2 950Qs from when Circuit City was going under and got them cheap!!
  • Sweeeeden! Sweet.
  • Its weird that it does not support the ATI tuners out of the gate since the main chips are of ati origin.
  • My guess is this is a proprietary version of extend
  • I do have a theater 750 so I'm going to try it anyway.
  • Looks like they jacked up the price of the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q at Amazon all the sudden. Shows as $84.43 now. Probably just a conincidence.... 
  • Sounds cool, but I don't get any TV reception where I'm at...
  • oh...i want this....im using a hd box to watch  ota tv on my xbox one.....but sometimes it has glitches.
      how can i sign up for xbox one. preview or can someone send me an invite? thanks. im already enrolled in the phone version.
  • Invited
  • DVR support would be nice.. I have tons of space. I got a 5TB external hard drive and other 500 gig external as well.. I would use with the internal or external 500 gig to DVR shows..
  • Chances are internal only as that was the case I believe with the mediaroom beta for 360
  • I've been using this... http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/... $35, it has a built in DVR, just need the hard drive
  • So, let me get this straight.. Does this broadcast basic network television with the need for a cable provider like Comcast?.. Honest question. I was going to cut the cord once HBO is added to Sling but I was going to still keep Comcast just for basic network television channels like FOX, NBC, ABC, and etc. Will this provide those channels?
  • With OTA (over-the-air), you're using an antenna to pick up local broadcasts, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, PBS, ION and others. You don't need Comcast for it. Look at this site to find out what you can get with an antenna, it will vary based on your location of course. http://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
  • You only need an antenna for basic networks ^^
  • Good news
  • Lol I have had that TV tuner for 6 or 7 years. I can't believe they still sell it with no revisions. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Come on new zealand
  • question???
    can we just use the microsoft version if that the case,,,
  • If you mean the one that's available in Europe and Australia, you can't because the standards aren't the same. They use DVB-T, while North America uses ATSC
  • One question does the xb1 have psip support
  • This completes my set up. I'm never going back to cable SLING TV, NETFLIX, and this antenna is all i need. I have live sports and all the tv shows i watch. All under $35 a month
  • Exactly!! Power to the cord cutters!!! ;)
  • Bought one of their pci tuners a few years back to replace a faulty expresscard hp tuner worked okay would've preferred a colossus instead but they never seemed to get a price break unlike their external equivalent
  • I've had live tv on my xb1 since day one. My current setup does not pause live tv with the xb1 cache though. I'm using the homeworks digital tuner
  • Why is this different than say this box.... http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/... The video says something about connecting it to USB, they mean HDMI correct?
  • ...so what does this do that the $35 HomeWorx tuner that's been available for over a year not do?   Oh, and if anyone still have a preview invite, cjp1769 would love one! ( :
  • Yesss!!!!
  • Does anyone know if you can use this AND a cable box through the HDMI passthrough?  It might sound strange, but I wouldn't mind being able to stream OTA content using Smartglass while someone else is watching cable TV on the Xbox One.  Also, if my Tivo is recording two shows, I can use the FiOS app to watch a different cable channel, but would also like the option of using this adapter to watch local channels.  Also, I have an HDMI switcher hooked up to the HDMI input on the Xbox One, so I can switch between Tivo, Roku, Amazon TV, Xbox 360, and the Microsoft Display Adapter.  I would hope that I could still utilize the HDMI input if the OTA adapter was hooked up.  If I say "Xbox Watch TV", would it show the HDMI input or the OTA TV?  Or is it smart enough to combine the cable channels with the OTA channels in the OneGuide so you have access to both? 
  • well, my 2 950Q tuners will not work for some reason... and yes, i am a preview member.
  • I've had a $30 homeworx box since I got my xbox one that has worked fine the whole time. The fact that its USB is cool though, I guess, cause you could use the passthrough for something else.
  • This is awesome! I stopped paying for tv a long time ago and have always wished Microsoft would allow antennas to work with one guide. I'm super stoked.
  • question???
    can we just use the microsoft version if that the case,,,or what i mean is, why doesnt microsoft come out with a usa adapter  
  • I found a 950Q on CL for 15 bucks.  Will it work or do I really need the 955Q?  I have a TV tuner, but it's going to HDMI in on the One with IR blaster for remote, but I want to be able to pause live OTA TV, and I don't think you can with my setup.  Will an HDMI in to USB out adapter work?   I just spent 60 bones, and now this comes out and it seems much better for pausing live TV and jsut ease of access.   Anyone know?   Thanks.