Microsoft‘s digital TV tuner dongle for the Xbox One launched back in August is now available in European countries. From today, Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain can watch free-to-air HD TV directly through their games console.
The miniature TV tuner receives TV signals from a coaxial cable and sends that to Xbox One via USB port, though the console will need to be powered on in order to watch it.
The Tuner adds several key features to the traditional Freeview experience. You can pause your favorite TV show for up to thirty minutes while you get up for a break and the program will be buffered to the Xbox One’s hard disk for watching later. The pausing works even if you switch back to a game. The device also supports rewind and fast-forward footage.
The snap mode lets you receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV. Alternatively, yu can snap the live TV to the side of the screen and use the main screen for games or other applications great to keep you occupied while waiting for a multiplayer watch.
The OneGuide offers a basic panel of TV listings and you can navigate using controller or use Kinect Voice to quickly navigate directly to that channel’s listings. It also enables users to add their favorite channels for a more personalized viewing experience.
Smartglass can stream video footage from the Xbox One to any SmartGlass-enabled device, enabling you to instantly access OneGuide listings and tune channels on your TV.
The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is available for £24.99 (€29.99) from the Microsoft store and various online stores.