Microsoft has announced a Digital TV Tuner for the Xbox One.
Posting on the Xbox Wire website, Microsoft said that, based on feedback, “Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to experience premium live TV features on Xbox One, such as the ability to access your favourite shows and channels with the sound of your voice through the OneGuide”.
The Digital TV Tuner, which will be available at the beginning of October, will provide Xbox One owners with “an over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience through the USB single tuner, an alternative to accessing TV content from a cable or satellite set-top box connected through the HDMI-In port”.
Microsoft added: “The new digital TV tuner will also support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards.”
The full list of the capabilities enabled by the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner are:
- 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 favourite 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 SmartGlassapp 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.
The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be priced at â‚¤24.99.