One of the biggest complaints about the Xbox One for users in both the US and Canada, has been the lack of an over the air tv tuner. For those who don’t have cable or satellite, this would be the only way to enjoy TV on their Xbox One systems. On Wednesday, Microsoft finally released this for all.
The over the air tuner for the Xbox One has been a product that has been hinted about, but never fully realized. Its announcement on Wednesday squashes all the rumors about the product, and actually gives users something to buy, starting on Wednesday from the Microsoft Store.
How It Works
The over the air tv tuner plugs directly into the Xbox One console, and requires a HDTV antenna. With this, users can view tv content on their Xbox One consoles that is available over the air. It doesn’t require a subscription to cable or tv services, and gives users the ability to watch broadcast channels for free.
Generally the over the air tv tuner will run $60 at the Microsoft Store and Amazon, and will require the HD antenna, like the Mohu Leaf 50 antenna or others. It’s a fairly simple setup, but does require a good spot for the antenna to reach the signal. It works just like that, and makes the Xbox One complete.
What Can You Do With It?
With the over the air tv tuner, Xbox One users will be able to pause up to 30 minutes of live TV, watch TV on the right side of their screens using Snap, navigate channels using Kinect voice controls, and use the SmartGlass apps to view TV. It also tightly integrates with OneGuide to view listings.
This is a big update to the Xbox One for tv viewers, and gives those who are cordcutters a way to enjoy TV content on their Xbox One. Millions of users currently don’t subscribe to tv or satellite services, and over the air signals are their only option. Now, they can watch TV on their Xbox One units.
It’s available today from Amazon and the Microsoft Store. At under $60, its a great bargain for all to pickup today.