Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Enables Anyone With an Aerial to Watch Live TV

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Currently, to watch TV on an Xbox One, European users require a cable of satellite set-top box hooked up to the console's HDMI in socket. Soon, it'll be possible for Xbox One owners in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to watch live TV through their console, thanks to a peripheral coming later this year.

Using the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you'll be able to watch standard 'over-the-air' digital terrestrial television through a normal aerial connection, accessing TV shows and channels using Kinect voice controls and OneGuide using the USB device. The peripheral will also support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards.

Here's a rundown of the features the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will have to offer:
• 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*.
• Favourite 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.

You'll be able to pick up the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner from late October in the UK for £24.99, and in France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99.

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I actually would be interested in picking up one, I wonder if/when an ATSC/QAM version will be made available.

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