Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Now Available in UK

Video showcases how the small device can pause and rewind live TV, as well as stream video to phones and tablets.

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Microsoft has launched its digital TV Tuner for Xbox One across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The miniature peripheral receives TV signals from a coaxial cable (the old-fashioned wires used to air free terrestrial TV) and feeds that into the Xbox One via USB connection, though the console will need to be powered on in order to watch it.

The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner costs £25 in the UK
The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner costs £25 in the UK

The tuner adds several key features to the traditional Freeview experience. First, Live Pause, which allows users to freeze live TV for up to thirty minutes, as well as rewind and fast-forward footage. Owners can play their games while Live Pause is activated too.

Second, the OneGuide offers a basic panel of TV listings to peruse with either the controller or Kinect (although, how effective voice commands are remains to be seen). The OneGuide is available either as a full-screen menu or an in-picture window, the latter of which allows users to browse other channels while watching one station.

Third, the peripheral uses SmartGlass to stream video from the Xbox One to connected devices on a user's home network. This can also be done while playing games on the Xbox One, with television being processed in the background. (At the time of going to press, connected devices included Windows phones and tablets, as well as iOS devices, with Android support "coming soon").

As well as this, users can watch TV via Snap Mode, which fixes a small picture in a column on the right-hand-side of the screen while something else is displayed in the main picture.

The TV Tuner arrives nearly a full year after the Xbox One's UK launch. The peripheral costs £25.

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daikkenaurora12

Glad the price isnt ridiculous.

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Sefier1

Why isn't there a U.S. version?

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hystavito

@Sefier1 I'm guessing the stats just told them there isn't enough demand. Also in the US the feature they really push is the pay TV integration, so maybe they and/or their subscription TV partners don't like the idea of supporting OTA.


EDIT: It wouldn't surprise me if the tuner in there does both ATSC (for US/Canada) and DVB-T (or whatever Euro signals) but the ATSC is just disabled.

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sammoth

Want it now in the US.

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malachi

The Freeview Tuner for the PS3 was quickly discontinued after release so I don't know why this will be any different. Would make more sense if it turned the Xbox One into a PVR so you could record live TV.

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LeSquirrel

<< LINK REMOVED >> The Xbox One has a features and functionality specifically built for watching TV, such as the One Guide, so I fully expect this to be received much better. For me, someone who only has OTA Freeview, this is absolutely perfect. The additional features also suit me really well, now if I'm playing a game but my fiancee wants to watch Eastenders, she can stream it to her iPad and I can keep gaming, or I could snap it and we could watch/play together.

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indy_sigur

why would anyone connect tv via xbox is beyond me... i understand the idea but WHY?

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LeSquirrel

<< LINK REMOVED >> All in one entertainment on one TV source, so no more switching between HDMI 1 and 2, or HDMI and Ext 1 in my case. The One Guide, the ability to pause and rewind live TV (which I can't currently do), the ability to snap live TV whilst I'm playing a game, the ability to stream live TV to another device for my fiancee whilst I carry on gaming. Why WOULDN'T I want to connect my TV to my Xbox is a better question.

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BusterFriendly

<< LINK REMOVED >> Because it integrates your games, streaming video, and live TV all on one interface. I flip back and forth all the time especially with the voice control.

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PenKowalski

Wish this was compatible in the US. As a cord cutter, this would be very useful. Would eliminate the powered digital box I have now that's connected to the XB1.

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alaannn

do they have a full channel list also does that work with sky

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LeSquirrel

<< LINK REMOVED >> Yes, the One Guide is the channel list, and it works with Sky. The TV tuner is for peopel that don't have Sky though.

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HumdingerMarkie

Wait, so this makes it so you can use coaxial if you don't have an HD receiver? Got the HD upgrade last month anyway, best upgrade of my life makes such a difference when watching real football, but would have been nice to know they were eventually going to support coax users.

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BusterFriendly

<< LINK REMOVED >> You mean American Football or the one where faking injuries is a tactic?

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spasticus162

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The reason most of us don't consider American football as football is because for most of the game you use your hands.It should be called Handball. And yes faking injuries is a blight on the game(but one that is punished if players are found out to be doing it)

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LeSquirrel

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think it's actually all about the sport being played 'on foot', seeing as real football (soccer) and the like were all derived from Polo, which of course is played on horse. I think anyway, just from limited searching that I've done.

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BusterFriendly

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wouldn't a sport you mostly kick a ball be called kick ball?

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HumdingerMarkie

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>

It's not faking if they're real tears.

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Kryptonbornson

Even if this was available in the US, it's not enough. It needs to support cable boxes or CableCard. I can't even catch most "major" networks over air with antenna. CBS basically won't push out a high power enough signal to reach the whole city, so even outside of downtown can't really catch it. They basically expect you to get cable, so I basically just watch their shows online. Microsoft is Microsoft, I wonder why they haven't been able to get the "hook-up" with the networks. Why can't I get Fox, CBS, etc for free, just like if I turned on my television, but it being streamed on the internet? I mean, they still get ad revenue. Maybe it's important to their current largest sponsors that want a large audience watching the same show at the same time that they control what goes on the TV, but not on the internet. idk

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BusterFriendly

<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not sure what you mean. It already controls cable boxes. Cablecard might be nice but it has such small uptake in the US that there isn't much support.

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Kryptonbornson

<< LINK REMOVED >> Did they add DVR support?

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BusterFriendly

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It depends on what you mean by support. You've always been able to pause, fast forward, rewind, etc. They added more controls through smartglasss but you can't select a show off the guide and have it program it. I don't even see how it could do that unless the DVR had a control interface of some sort.

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Kryptonbornson

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Well, that's exactly what I mean it's not enough. It just kinds of sits on top of the TV. Without it being all internet based or 100% control of all content the One Guide seems useless, like you might as well just pick up the Universal remote, switch over to TV and back to the Xbox to play games. Watching TV is unnecessary and maybe impossible while playing a game. Audible audiobooks, or internet radio are already available and make more sense. They already have snapped Skype and broadcasting, so there's that. They'll just never rule the living room, or anywhere close to it, while networks have a general fear of not controlling how TV is distributed. Most of the TV apps on Xbox One that are worth anything require a full cable/dish subscription, even the free over the air one like FoxNow.

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spartanx169x

I'm confused, I thought the XB1 came with a digital tuner built into it. Wasn't that suppose to be one of the selling points?

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BusterFriendly

<< LINK REMOVED >> It has HDMI-in to plug in any HDMI video source but there's no tuner. If they did the hardware would have to be different based on region.

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peterhorner1867

No

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gajbutler

Got mine ordered, I cannot believe the console didn't come with an RF port as standard though. They had a big TV controlled vision and yet they forgot the millions of people who do not have cable boxes. Every single person I know uses Freeview built into the TV, so weird ignoring that market, it made the Xbox One TV stuff useless.

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GH05T-666

When is it coming to Australia?

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gajbutler

<< LINK REMOVED >> I'll trade you one for a New 3DS.

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peterhorner1867

Is it actually out today? All the listing state 24th

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prym8

<< LINK REMOVED >> yep it's Friday, some press release mistake has all the sites listing today

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ShiroEd

Mine has been shipped today from Microsoft to London.

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ShiroEd

Mine has been shipped from Microsoft today to London.

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peterhorner1867

Thanks I called GAME and they confirmed it's Friday.

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KkDrummer

nice!! who is selling it in the UK?

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LeSquirrel

@kkdrummer The usual places, try Amazon or the Microsoft store.