I did it to test it out and show it off to a few relatives—not intending to leave it in place—and I was instantly in love. Saying "Xbox, watch BBC America" never gets old. The picture is just as fine as if you plugged the HDMI from the cable box into the TV (or to an A/V receiver then onto the TV).
The channel changes a bit slowly, as the voice command gets processed as individual number keys getting pressed (there is a speed setting somewhere in the menus that you'll want to make faster). If I want to go to ABC, 506 on my Verizon, you'll see the 5, then the 0, then the 6 pop up as if you'd pressed buttons. Perhaps a tad slower if the remote was next to you, but if you'd have to stretch to reach it and it's upside down and pointed towards you, totally faster. And certainly faster if you rarely watch a channel and don't know its number on your system offhand. For AMC, which I watch once a week at best and can never remember, its a godsend.
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