Xbox Adds Over-the-Air TV Tuner8 Apr, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Gamer partners with Hauppauge Computer Works offering live TV
Xbox April 8 announced it is now offering Xbox One users in the United States and Canada an over-the-air live television tuner with digital access to broadcast networks CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC and PBS with no subscription cost.
Xbox One currently enables users access to on-demand apps such as HBO Go, Netflix, Comedy Central, Hulu Plus, Sling TV or live TV through a cable, satellite or telecom set-top box.
Now, Microsoft-owned Xbox is working with New York-based Hauppauge Computer Works — manufacturer of the “Hauppauge WinTV-955Q” tuner ($79.99) — which when coupled with an HDTV antennae captures over-the-air digital signals.
A lower-cost branded “Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One” ($59.99) is expected in the coming months. Xbox said interested users should check the website (www.gomohu.com/xbox) to see which antennae works in their zip code.
With the supported TV tuner and antenna, Xbox One users can watch TV at the same time while waiting for a multiplayer match to start or receiving game invitations and notifications.
Additional features include full-screen TV program listings, split-screen viewing, pause functionality, remote control via mobile device and “favorites” channel option, among others.
Xbox One live TV access differs significantly from shuttered Aereo TV, whose embattled service also captured over-the-air digital signals but charged users a subscription fee to watch them. That drew the ire of broadcasters who successfully litigated Aereo all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Separately, Xbox is expanding to 11 countries rollout of the “Xbox One Digital TV Tuner” from an initial country base consisting of Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. New territories available later this year include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.