Microsoft is planning to release a digital TV tuner adapter to allow European Xbox One owners to turn their consoles into a TV set-top box. Launching in October in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK, the accessory will plug into a USB port to pick up channels using free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C television standards. This will enable the TV functionality on Xbox One alongside TV listings from OneGuide and a pause live TV option without the need for a separate set-top box and IR blasting through Kinect.
Microsoft has announced an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner that will cost £24.99 or €29.99, and will be available in late October. That’s in UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The tuner connects via USB and is an alternative to plugging a satellite or cable box in via the HDMI-in port. The tuner accesses digital terrestrial channels and supports free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C TV standards. Watching through your Xbox One has benefits, such as using your voice to control the experience – using Kinect – utilising the OneGuide and being able to split-screen watch TV and also play games at the same time.