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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner brings live TV service to European customers

US-based customers have been able to access live TV on their Xbox One by connecting the console to a set-top box, but customers in other regions have not been able to access the feature. Microsoft is now addressing the issue by rolling out a USB-based Xbox One Digital TV Tuner that provides an "over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience," negating the need to connect a set-top box via an HDMI-In cable. The digital TV tuner will be available in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain in October, and will support 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.

Here are some of the features that you'll be able to enjoy using the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner:

  • 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.

The digital TV tuner will be available at the end of October in the UK for ₤24.99, and France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99. There is no word as to when the device will be available in other regions.

What are your thoughts on the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner? Are there any other OTA alternatives that are worthy of consideration? Let us know in the comments.

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Thanks Sebastian for the tip!

118 Comments
  • So there is no DVB-S support? That's a pity, Microsoft will find hardly any customers in Germany then. Dear Microsoft, time to react...
  • Sad but true I use DVB-S
  • Nevermind that. We need this in the US.  http://xbox.uservoice.com/forums/251610-live-tv/suggestions/6268145-brin... Votes People!
  • But, but, how about The Netherlands? We would love DVB-C. Well, we will wait, again. Looks awesome.
  • You know the Netherlands in always the last in the chain to get Microsoft support. So, this doesn't surprice me @ all.
  • It is only for countries with OneGuide support.
  • You can import it from Germany as it supports DVB-C. The same as I live in Ireland , I'm importing from the UK as my country uses DVB-T
  • DVB-S2 you mean ;) DVB-T has miserable quality, channel quantity and coverage. T2 will take years and C is the only interesting thing for some. So you are right that the lack of S2 is a no go and a deal breaker for many (including me).
  • Maybe one day they'll realize that the rest of the world is not America. At least it seems like they are making an effort to adjust to the Chinese market. If they do that for any other market next, it will likely be either the UK or Germany.
  • DVB-T would be lovely. Hope it's on the cards!
  • Will in work on the Xbox 360?
  • Don't think so.
  • No. Xbox 360 doesn't have the TV capabilities at all and is very unlikely to have it in the future. Its very much a Xbox One only feature
  • Actually the 360 has better support for Media Center TV than the One does at this point. So if you have a media center setup that supports your local standards you can do more with the 360 for live TV than the One at this point. Having said that I do like the fact that MS is rolling something like this out for Europe but personally I would love to see the addition of MCE on the One or TV provider apps that would allow for live TV, which doesn't currently exist.
  • His would be handy in the us for ota it would negate a separate box Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Frontier NW set top box sucks, will this launch in US?
  • You think american cable companies are going to go for that?.... No.
  • To hell with them, I'd import it. Just have MS add support for the ability and let us order it from overseas.
  • Over the air, cable comps have no say.
  • Yet no Windows Media Center client and this probably won't show up here either.
  • Needs to come out here in the USA!
  • This might actually give me a reason to buy an XBOX ONE... I only play on PC so i never had much need for it before.
  • Can you use 2? Then you can watch one and record one or record 2 while watching a recording.
  • Can you record at all? It doesn't say it's a DVR per se, just that you can pause live TV.
  • No. Xbox One does not store video. It's not a DVR. Once it leaves the hard drive's temporary cache it's gone.
  • I really hope they will delivere the DVR feature very soon, without it is useless.
  • And why exactly can't we get a version of this in the US?...this would convince me to get an Xbox One to replace my 360...only reason I haven't is because of the lack of media center extender capability...this would alleviate that
  • I agree, though what I did in my setup was I just ran my xbox 360 HDMI into the X1's HDMI input, then in the X1's settings when you select your cable box I told it my cable box was an xbox 360.  So now when I turn on the xbox one it automatically turns on my TV, receiver, and xbox 360 (which boots straight into media center, of course).  So I basically have a media center extender on the xbox one.  Basic voice controls work when watching TV/recordings as well like play, pause, mute, etc. It's by no means as elegant a setup as if MS would've just put a damn extender app in the xbox one but it gets the job done and lets me snap live TV/recordings while playing games!
  • Yea, having to run a 360 through the One to get to MCE is just stupid. My current setup utilizes an old Linksys Extender which uses much less power than the 360 but it provides less functionality than the 360 as an Extender. It does work, though and I hope it's a temporary solution.
  • Yup. I would also argue that WMC users are some of the most passionate Windows users, yet get the shaft.
  • ^ THIS. It also saddens me to see WMC getting kicked to the curb.  It was/is an incredibly powerful feature of Windows and when I've shown it to any of my friends, even if they're anti-Microsoft, it is universally "awe'd" over.  Sure getting it setup in it's current state isn't for the mass market, but if MS would've just devoted a little R&D funding into the project it easily could've been a game changer.  I don't know who to blame more for WMC's fall into oblivion MS or the cable company's.  Oh well, preaching to the choir I know :-).
  • I would lime to see this in the U.S. too. Right now I have cable. That might change in the future.
  • Finally!!!!!!!
  • Pretty sure dvb-t is used is Australia as well. I've been waiting for this to come out before buy an xbox one to replace my (very old) media centre...
  • How easy do you think itll be to get one of these? eBay? im hoping to get one.
  • SBS is the question here, took a while for Sony to sort that one out on the play TV.
  • Yeah no need to a digital receiver now with a hdmi out :D:D
  • It should have a live recording function otherwise not quite useful to me.
  • i bought the homeworx antenna and hooked it to mediasonicHW-150PVR and it works like a charm with xbox one doing OTA with channel guides and you can record tv found it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/1rfcqb/oneguide_control_and_hom... products i use: http://www.amazon.com/Homeworx-HW110AN-Super-Indoor-Antenna/dp/B008KVUAGU http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-150PVR-HomeWorx-Converter-Recording/...  
  • I do the same! Well, I don't have the HomeWorx brand antenna, just some digital flat antenna I picked up at Walmart, but it works! I haven't done too much recording with it (a little) but it annoys me that the remote can be slightly laggy at times. The box itself is a bit laggy, like when I use voice control over the xbox to change the channel it can take a few seconds to actually change the channel. Decent overall.
  • Same here, Winegard Flatwave and HW-150PVR Total investment? $60 plus external USB disk which I had laying around for a year.  
  • Your article implies that US based customers are able to access Live TV on an XBox One without the need for a set top box. However, I don't think this is really the case, is it? As far as I know, it only provides the capability to connect a set top box via HDMI, basically just acting as a pass through with the ability to control the remote via IR blaster. This is why I have opted to stick with my HTPC instead until/unless this changes.
  • Why is it called a tuner then if it is only a passthrough? But i hope You are right.
  • The article states tuner for European customers. For the US, there is only a pass through. However, the beginning of the article implies that this new capability for European customers is already available in the US. The pass through has always been available for European customers as well. The only difference was the TV guide data wasn't available in Europe.
  • TV guide is the only feature I am looking for. Let's see what This actualy is. First i will Read the manual .....
  • I should have mentioned that a set-top box was necessary to stream live TV. Added it in the article to state that now.
  • I use DVB-C only, but its there a way to decode Conax? I have it all setup in my TV - a Conax decoder plus a smart card from my cable company.
  • This takes in the free to air signal and makes it viewable on the Xbox. It indeed does simulate the function of a tuner.
  • ... We need this for CableCARD in the US!
  • Yes they should have put a cable card slot in these.
  • No they shouldn't have. Cable co's have already moved past cablecard as it requires a tuning adapter and was never very well supported by the Cable industry. Integrating a DOA standard into a new product wouldn't be very wise. MS has tried to get the industry to move to an IPTV model for years, but they have resisted other than a few notable exceptions. Personally I would love either a MCE app on the One or better yet the ability to use network tuners within the One TV app for live TV. That way we wouldn't have to boot up the One just to boot into Media Center. It's just a bit overly duplicative at this stage.
  • Cable card wasn't supported because the cable companies don't want to lose the $20 a month or more rental fee for their DVR. Not every cable company (mine is one of them) requires a tuning adapter. Media center is a great product, the problem with it was put trying it into a PC where people are constantly installing junk that breaks things. It would have been ideal in a closed box like the Xbox.
  • Cable companies in the US are legally required to offer and support Cable Cards since late 2011.  It's one of the few things that our congress has done that is actually useful in recent years.   http://www.fcc.gov/guides/cablecard-know-your-rights   As long was cable boxes are still in use, Cable Card will still be a viable standard.  The cable companies would probably be much happier supporting Cable Card instead of IPTV.  They want to retain as much control as possible and IPTV gives consumers a lot of freedom.   At least with cable cards the cable company can still tie you to a peice of hardware and limit the number of devices you can use to view their services.  Not so much with IPTV.
  • Make a Mini-Xbox/Apple TV competitor with this!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  $150 and I will buy more than 1!
  • Totally agree. Think Microsoft should so an Xbox Mini. With media and small indie games only.
  • go and vote for this then please!! should have far more votes than it does!
    https://xbox.uservoice.com/forums/251650-console-accessories/suggestions/6030683-xbox-mini
  • That would be awesome, would consolidate my video needs to one box for living room and another 'mini' for bedroom viewing. Problem is pricing sucks for digital ownership/renting and there's no subscription model for Xbox Video which would make this a worthwhile competitor. I think there should be huge discounts for Gold members on the Video marketplace.
  • Isn't that essentially an Xbox 360 now?
  • No... The hardware probably could be.  We're just missing the ability to snap and all the new stuff.  The apps aren't as updated as what's on the xbox 1 either.  xbox 360 you have to start up media center, and that's only if you have a win 7 or 8 machine.  If you don't have that, you won't get a tv guide or anything.
  • A bit useless without a slot for my Sky smart-card sadly :/
  • Can you use a Sky Card with other DVB tuners?
  • No, but that doesn't make it any less useless for a huge chunk of people in Britain.
  • Except ask if those people paying their tv tax for free view. Why don't you just connect your sky box to HDMI in? That's what the Americans do with their cable boxes.
  • This should hopefully get rid of my sky box as I only use it for the terrestrial channels.
  • Wow, only 30 euro.
  • I'm looking for a way to get out my hefty monthly sky bill. Could this be the answer with a nowtv movie subscription? Any thoughts
  • Netflix, Free view and the myriad of catch-up TV services does it for me.
    I cannot see why people ever pay for Sky. It's a ridiculous amount of money for very little reward!
  • Yeah my bill is like £50 with everything apart from sports. There just isn't really a better alternative that is as convenient
  • If you have BT broadband, you get access to BT Sport for free...(just ask for a friends/relatives subscription details and login).
    £50 is quite a price to pay for something that isn't in the slightest bit necessary. Then again, if you earn the money, you can spend it as you wish.
    To me though, there are so many better things to spend £600 a year on.
  • I use a WDTV https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2Fcli... with a Hauppage WinTV http://www.hauppauge.com/wd/ and a Winegard Flatware Amped Atenna http://www.winegard.com/get-free-tv/hdtv-antenna/flatwave-amped/ works very well  
  • But you can't use the OneGuide, and voice commands are useless with the WD TV Live.
  • You can. Just select The Western Digital in the setup and antenna in the setup.... Off course the tv app need to be opened in order to change channels
  • I have a Media Center with a 4-tuner Ceton InfiniTV and an Xbox 360 connected to my TV. The Xbox One currently cannot take over the functions of either. If Microsoft ever adds backward compatibility, or comparable to Media Center DVR capability I'll upgrade. But one of the devices will need to be "supported".
  • With you bro! I MUST be able to have DVR functionality. If they do that then I can replace my Media Center finally. Are you listening Microsoft? I'll buy three Xbox One the day this gets DVR functions!
  • All they need to do is integrate with the Cable Co's, or Sat providers at the datacenter level in order to provide Live TV streaming to the One and recording would utilize Onedrive for easy access to your recorded TV from any of your MS products. Let's go MS get crack-a-lacking!
  • Yeah, "All they need to do...".  The Cable Co's are not getting on board with that anytime soon.  Not until Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are on the verge of putting them out of business.
  • We're already headed strongly in that direction. Clearly the model of "charge them $3 per month to rent a remote control" doesn't cut it in this day and age. I am fully aware that the biggest impedement to progress on this is the Cable Co's. Why do you think it took so long to get Cablecard tuners approved in Media Center PC's? Because the Cableco's held back approval forever. I would think that they should be more motivated to provide better solutions to what their business is which is content distribution. If they don't, they will lose subscribers. Let's hope they start being a bit more proactive.
  • I wonder how it'll work with the "Watch TV" voice command. Will they update it to direct to the device's input instead of the hdmi in channel? If so will there be another command/way to access the hdmi in? I currently have my 360 plugged in to the hdmi in and the only way to access it (as far as i know) is to say "watch tv".
  • Yea good point! I have my 360 plugged in the hdmi slot, so I say watch tv to use that. Maybe we'll have to say go to usb or something.
  • Great news. I'll be all over this!
  • They should have a slot for the cable card like the Ceton InfiniTV does.. bummer
  • And once again Microsoft misses the mark. For this to be of interest to the average person it'd have to support DVB-S/C as well as T. In addition several countries (I know, none of the ones this is aimed at but why have yet another SKU for those later on when even the ones announced now broadcast encrypted channels for subscribers) require a smartcard even for freeview channels, something that'd require a CI...
  • PLEASE make one with an ATSC tuner for the US!!
  • Please!
  • I use DVB-C but I need to use my CI+. Free to air only is not good enough for me:)
  • All mine! That's what I think.
  • About time !
  • On my buy list and ticked off my missing features list. OneNote it's great for lists.
  • Hmm I wonder if ill be able to use it in Australia. Meh ill just try get one off ebay and try.
  • The only issues would be whether they made it 7MHz switchable and whether it will scan VHF band III. The contries mentioned use 8MHz wide channels and only on UHF. That shouldn't be an issue as most of the tuner components on the market support the ranges and switching from 6/7/8MHz channels - but it also would depend on them implementing that in the software on the console.
  • THAT  is what I was waiting... now Microsoft just needs to create a brazilian version..
  • FYI, the pound symbol looms like this: £
  • This is a nice idea, but it needs a CI+-Slot. In germany there are just a few HD Channels avl. and only via DVB-C. DVB-T in germany is crap. So there is just DVB-C left and for the most HD Channels you'll need a Smarcard. As long as this tuner doesn't have a CI+-Slot it'll be less usefull.
  • I would love to get this, I'm in USA, with no need to pay for cable services, as I use an hd antenna for Ota channels. I'm hardly home, so I don't watch tv much..
    I really want this for sure
  • Can you use it on a pc, too?
  • I want it in the US!
  • Why does an MS proprietary tuner have to be used? Is it Digital Tick certified or, like most PC sticks, a rogue device that may fall if changes are made to the broadcast methods used? Is it compatible with mpeg4 HD or just mpeg2? Does it support mheg? Why not just let us use the usual Freeview set top boxes? I believe US types aren't required to buy an MS cable box, so why are we I wonder? Kerching!
  • I'm not sure what problem this solves? In the UK I have my Virgin media TiVo plugged in the Xbox one and can use OneGuide with no problems. I assume Sky or any freeview customers can do the same as they have hdmi too?
  • What about people who don't have a set-top box? People who just use their TV's integrated tuner can't use OneGuide at all. They can now
  • Better living without unnecessary set top boxes.
  • Calling it now. After this is released worldwide, they will bring Media Center Extender support in.
  • Have never been able to get sky to work via hdmi into my xbox one, picture and sound are there but terrible lip sync, sound behind video so the usual fuxes of slowing the audio track doesn't work fir obvious reasons.
  • AFAIK, everybody has a set top box in France... Well, not everybody, but those who don't probably won't buy an XBox One anyway, since they don't have a sufficient bandwidth to fully enjoy either.
  • Well im lost. Im in the UK and have live tv and one guide running through my Freesat box, everything works fine inc the kinect
  • Useless without CI+ Modul Slot... :(
  • Fantastic news. I always wanted this and i've been endlessly searching for a Freeview tuner good enough for my Xbox One. My patience paid off and Microsoft will provide an official tuner. I used my Xbox as a media center ever since the 360, the TV capabilities of the Xbox One and this new tuner is perfect for me. The price is right. All that will make it supreme would be to add TV slinging to any of my Windows Smartglass devices from the Xbox One, and recording tv to hard drive.
  • This actually sounds better than the clunky hdmi pass thru method we have to use in the U.S.
  • homeworx hw-150pvr and either a Winegard Flatwave or Solidsignal HD blade. around $65. BYOUSB.
  • I want this in the states as I don't have cable.
  • This would be nice for the States too...
  • I need a version of this for NZ.
  • I really hope that we get this Down Under (We have DVB-T in Australia) And of course we need OneGuide for Freeview as well.. (plus MS need to add OneGuide for Foxtel and FetchTV, the only 2 'cable' Companies in Oz.
  • Thank God Ireland uses DVB-T. Gonn import it from the UK. If I'm lucky I'll get UK channels as well as the Irish channels but probably not
  • My sky box is already plugged in via the HDMI input, so this is pretty useless for sky subscribers like me.
  • Finally!!!!! I had a huge problem with this! I couldn't decide whether to get X1 or PS4. I currently have PS3 and was leaning towards PS4 but with this I am seriously considering buying X1. In Poland we use free DVB-T TV so I won't have to buy additional decoder (yes, I have an old TV without DVB-T capability). I will finally be able to play Fifa and watch a game both at once.   PS. Of course the HALO Master Chief collection will be a must as well :D
  • What about support for CI+ standard. In Romania the main cable TV providers require that you buy a CI+ card or a top box set in order to be able to receive HBO for example. There are also other channels that are scrambled and need a CI+ card to be decoded.
  • I just purchased one of theese digital tuners for my Xbox one. I use it together with a HU8500 UHD TV. Unfortunately the picture quality when using the xbox one comparred to the tv's own tuner is terrible. It is so bad that I have decided not to spoil my veiwing expirience by using this thing. It is a shame because to be able to control everything through xbox one is a nice one. The sacrifice on picture quality is way to high. Lars Dam
  • Wel ive bought it fot in the netherlands, and its not working, first of all, if you put your language on dutch (nederlands) you cannot use voice speech and so also not the tv function, not even to setup, if you put your language and location on english, its possible, but when to enter zipcode, is wont work also, so its useless in the neterlands... imma going to try if it works with the setup box of upc, cause, still if we want to use commands, we need to put the language and location to english. dutch is never supported! stupid. or for example a english man lives in the netherlands, he is force to put his console to dutch, im dutch. but i preffer english text. looks nicer though...