If you want to view TV on your Xbox One but you don’t have a cable or satellite box you can use a standard aerial and the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – and here is our review.
The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, providing Xbox One users 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. The new digital TV tuner will also support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards.
- 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*.
- 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 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.
What’s in the Box?
The box contains the Tuner along with a quick start guide and manual.
A Closer Look
The Tuner itself is very small and connects to the Xbox One via USB with the aerial connecting to the tuner itself.
Setting Up the Tuner
Once you have connected the Tuner to the Xbox One, it is automatically detected and the configuration and set up begins. You need to enter your post code, details of your TV provider and then wait whilst the channels are scanned. This could take a few minutes so be patient.
You are then asked if you want to use the Pause Live TV option and if you want to turn on the TV when you say Xbox On. Then it’s a case of finishing the configuration and away you go!
The One Guide then shows you all of your channels, and what is on and coming up. During the time I was doing the review there was a problem with the guide data so for a number of the channels “No info available” was shown (as you can see below).
You can easily choose to watch something, add a channel to your favourites and even see what is trending.
I really like the TV Tuner – it’s small, easy to set up and configure and it just works with no fuss!
If you don’t have either a satellite box or a cable box this is an easy option to add TV to your Xbox One.
The One Guide works really well and is very quick (ignoring the issues with the guide data I had during my review).
The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is available now for £24.99 and is a must for anyone who want digital over the air TV on their Xbox One.