Xbox One Digital TV Tuner launches in the UK

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From today you can get Freeview HD TV directly on your Xbox One in the UK – by picking up the Xbox One TV Tuner.

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We’ve known about it since August, and it has finally landed. Essentially, Microsoft has cut out the middle-man, so to get the TV functions through your One without needing a Sky box, you can now simply plug in the £24.99 tuner instead.

Plugging in the device will activate a number of DVR style features on your console. Here’s Microsoft’s description of what is new:

TV Listings in OneGuide: Navigate TV listings using the controller or with Kinect voice to quickly navigate directly to that channel’s listings. Listings are available in both full screen and mini guide. OneGuide also enables users to favorite channels for a more personalized viewing experience.

TV Viewing in Snap Mode: Simultaneous TV and gaming in Snap mode. Receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV. Alternatively, watch TV on the side with the main screen for games or other applications – great for filling in time while waiting for a multiplayer match!
Pause, rewind and fast-forward Live TV: Pause your favorite show while you get up to take a break.

OneGuide on SmartGlass: SmartGlass can stream TV over your home network straight to your tablet or phone*, enabling you to instantly access OneGuide listings and tune channels on your TV. This is ideal for settling living room arguments with simultaneous options – gaming on the main screen and TV viewing on your SmartGlass device.

TV On Demand: TV listings in OneGuide will indicate which shows are available on demand from video apps.

Apparently if you want one, you’ll need to pick it up from the Microsoft Store directly.

James O’Malley