Microsoft has downsized the Xbox One’s TV features since launch, but the Xbox One still offers useful TV integration. It’s even enhanced: You no longer need a cable or satellite subscription to watch TV. You can watch free TV with antenna.
If you have an Xbox One, you should seriously consider a TV-integrated setup. Microsoft has spent a lot of time on this tool.
What you need
You can watch TV on Xbox One in one of two ways:
With a cable or satellite subscription: If you have cable or satellite TV service, you can connect your Xbox One to your cable box. You hook everything up so that the Xbox One can control your cable box by sending an infrared signal, and you can watch live TV on the Xbox One.
With one antenna: If you don’t pay for your TV, you can now use your antenna to watch free, over-the-air (OTA) TV on Xbox One. You just need an adapter. The only officially supported adapter for this in the US and Canada is the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. It comes with a basic antenna, but you may need a better antenna to receive a stronger signal, depending on how far away you are from your local broadcast towers (see this guide). for more information). For other countries, Microsoft makes its own “Xbox One Digital TV Tuner”. Don’t ask us why Microsoft didn’t make a separate regulator for the US and Canada.
Of course, there are other ways to watch videos on your Xbox One. You can use apps from services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO. There is also Sling TV, which streams TV channels to you over the Internet. These apps no longer require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, as they did when Xbox One was released. However, you will have to pay for a subscription for each service you want to watch.
How to set up TV integration on Xbox One
To set things up, open the OneGuide app on your Xbox One. Xbox One TV features are located here and can be accessed from this app.
OneGuide can direct you to apps for services like YouTube and Netflix, but you can press the menu button and select “Set up live TV” if you’re not prompted.
You’ll be prompted to set up your cable or satellite box or USB TV tuner. If you have a cable or satellite box, you’ll need to plug the HDMI cable from the cable or satellite box into the back of your Xbox One instead of directly into the TV. If you have a USB TV tuner, you need to connect the USB tuner to one of the USB ports on the Xbox One – one of the two on the front of the side unit and connect the antenna to that USB tuner.
Once done, you will choose the option “Set up cable or satellite” or “Set up USB TV tuner”.
If you’re setting up a cable or satellite box, your Xbox One will try to find the HDMI input and prompt you to confirm that it recognizes it correctly.
However, you are setting up a wireless TV, you will be prompted to enter your ZIP code. OneGuide will then be able to find local channel guides for your area to see what’s playing on your nearby channels. It then scans for nearby channels that you can receive with a clear signal.
Next, you can choose to enable pause live TV. This allows you to pause, rewind and fast forward up to 30 minutes of live TV. It seems to work automatically, but your Xbox One is actually just recording TV in the background so you can watch it seamlessly. This takes up 4GB of hard disk space, but it’s a useful feature you should leave permission for unless you need the space. You can always change this option later in the settings of the OneGuide app.
If you have a Kinect, you’ll be prompted to set up TV integration. Your Xbox One can turn on the TV when you say “Xbox, On,” and you can control the TV’s volume with Kinect voice commands. This requires a Kinect, as the Kinect itself sends an infrared (IR) signal to your TV to power it on and control its volume. Your Kinect sends the same TV signal that your TV remote does.
To do this, you will need to go through the wizard and provide your TV brand. It will then try to send mute, volume up and volume down commands to your TV. You’ll need to tell the Xbox One whether the signal sent was successful, as it has no way of knowing.
If the Kinect cannot connect to your home theater equipment, you may need an IR extension cable.
When it’s done, you’ll be asked if you’d like your Xbox One to keep track of the TV shows you watch so it can provide you with personalized recommendations in the Xbox OneGuide app. Depending on the board.
You can then select “start settings” – you can tell your Xbox One to start watching TV or go to the home dashboard by default. TV integration will then be set up.
How to Watch TV on Your Xbox One
To watch TV, just open the OneGuide app. Then you can use the Xbox One or Kinect voice commands to control TV playback and switch between channels. You can also open the OneGuide menu and select “TV List” to see the complete TV guide.
The TV can be captured with the game you are playing, so you can watch TV and play the game at the same time. Simply use the Xbox One’s Capture feature to capture the OneGuide app.
Microsoft is reported to be working on a DVR feature that will allow you to record shows and play them later. This feature only seems to work with over-the-air OTA TVs.
(Update: Microsoft has announced that the DVR feature is currently being “on hold” for the foreseeable feature after we publish this article. Unless Microsoft announces another change of plans, we won’t be able to. surprised if the DVR feature was never released.)