Xbox Focus On TV features Again, Digital Tuner Announced for $40

Bullet Aug 7, 2014

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    When Xbox One was first announced there was a massive focus on the 'All In One' element and a lot of attention was placed on the TV side of the Xbox One, some may even say too much attention was on the TV element and not enough on the Gaming side of the next gen console.

    Since Phil Spencer took over as head of all things Xbox there has been a definitive shift on focus from TV, TV, TV, to Games, until now that is!
    Microsoft have announced an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner which will allow Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to experience premium live TV features on Xbox One.
    Here is a breakdown of what the tuner will do:
    • 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.
    Interestingly there has yet to be any news on whether this new feature will be released in other regions including North America and Canada.

    The Xbox One digital tuner will be available in Europe in late October.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014

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