Live TV support has been available to Xbox One owners in Europe and Australia for a few months, and now it’s coming to the United States and Canada. It’s currently only available to users who are in the Xbox Preview Program. Microsoft also switched up their strategy on their home continent. Instead of developing their own ATSC over-the-air tuner, they partnered with long-time tuner manufacturer Hauppauge.
To watch live over-the-air television in the United States and Canada with your Xbox One you’ll need to purchase Hauppauge’s WinTV HVR-955Q. The process of setting up the tuner with the Xbox One isn’t incredibly complicated, but it’s also not the most intuitive to a typical Windows PC user. In addition to walking you through setting up the tuner we also setup the Xbox One to use a Windows Media Center PC through the console’s HDMI input. The idea is that you can have your live TV, but also continue to use another device, be it an HTPC, another gaming console, or streaming stick, and easily access it through the OneGuide.
We expect that Microsoft will release TV tuner support to North American users in the coming weeks, so if you’re thinking of picking a tuner up we hope this video will help you get it setup as quickly as possible.