Xbox One hopes to be the media center of your living room, if not your world. Today, Xbox has announced a more formal release of a special TV Tuner and antenna package, for their customers in the U.S. and Canada. This solution has been available, across the pond, for some time now and allows users to access over-the-air television.
The TV Tuner bundle, announced today, includes the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner and the Mohu Leaf 50 antenna. Where purchasing both of these items would cost around $130, the package — available through Microsoft stores (both physical and online) — would cost $99.99 (a savings of $30).
While using this method doesn’t involve the HDMI-in, available to Xbox One users who want to plug in their cable box, many of the same niceties are available to over-the-air users, including:
- The use of the Xbox One OneGuide for viewing channel listings
- Snap mode: You can watch TV while playing a game or browsing Internet Explorer
- Pausing of Live TV: This requires 4GB of Xbox One storage and will only pause for up to 30 minutes
- Favorite channels: You can use the OneGuide to collect your favorite over-the-air channels
- Kinect integration: You can still use the power of Kinect voice to change channels without having to fumble for a remote
- Xbox One Smartglass integration: In one of the coolest features, while the Xbox One is on you can stream over-the-air channels to any device running the Xbox One SmartGlass app. This can even be done while someone is using the Xbox One for something else.
If you’re looking to cut the cord, or whittle down your TV watching expenses, this is a good place to start. You can grab one, right now, at the Microsoft store, or from Amazon.
Source: Major Nelson