We’re excited to announce a partnership with Hauppauge, 23-year veterans in the over-the-air TV space, to deliver one of the most asked for Live TV features on Xbox Feedback to our fans in the U.S. and Canada – an over-the-air TV tuner. Support for over-the-air TV on Xbox One means access to broadcast networks available in your area, like CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS, with no subscription cost. When paired with the recently released Sling TV, you can get all of those networks, plus ESPN, TNT, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, and more, live, on your Xbox One.

Starting today, members of the Xbox One preview program in the U.S. and Canada can get over-the-air TV by purchasing the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q (MSRP $79.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Micro Center), and an HDTV antenna. In the next few months, Xbox will be partnering with Hauppauge to release a lower cost version of this tuner, the Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One, retailing for MSRP $59.99, and available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada.

We are also pleased to announce that we are expanding support for the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner to preview members in 11 more European countries starting today, adding Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is already available today for those in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and will be available at retail in these 11 new countries later this year.

For more information about over-the-air TV including setup, availability and summary of features, check out this article over at Xbox Wire.

We’re pleased to be expanding our TV offerings, bringing TV tuners for over-the-air TV to a total 19 markets and helping gamers stay connected to their gameplay, even when they’re watching TV. Stay tuned for more news on entertainment and gaming coming soon!

In January, we announced that Sling TV, the new live TV service, would be making its way to Xbox One. Today, we’re proud to announce that Xbox One is the first gaming console for which the over-the-top television service is available, and the best part is that only our members get an exclusive extended free trial for 30 days.

Sling TV on Xbox One offers the same great features our fans have come to expect, including the ability to Snap while enjoying other activities, Pin the app to your Home and use voice or gesture controls with Kinect for Xbox One. Check out the walk-through video above for a deeper look into how it all works on Xbox One.

We got a chance to sit down with Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch to learn more about the new service and what it means to bring Sling TV exclusively to Xbox One as the first gaming console. Read the full interview at Xbox Wire.

Following up from the Windows 10 announcement earlier this week and the impacts it will have on the future of gaming, I posted an article over at Xbox Wire discussing the initial preview of the Xbox App available in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

We want our fans to help shape the Xbox on Windows experience and plan to ship regular Xbox app releases that deliver new functionality by making changes based on your feedback. There is a lot more work for the team to do, but here are some of the features that you can check out with the initial preview release in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview:

Your Profile – provides you quick access to your Xbox profile and recent activity and achievements. With the initial preview build, you can see your Gamerscore, recent Activity, Achievements, Following lists and Game Clips.

Home – the Xbox app home page will provide you quick access to your Recently Played games, your friends and their online status and an Activity Feed of recent events, game clips, etc.

Friends – you can see your friends across devices and search and find new friends. Additionally, you can go the profile page for your friends and followers and view their recent activity, achievements, friends, games they follow and game clips.

Activity Feed – you can view your activity feed and post text, like and comment on your friends’ recent achievements and Game clips. In this version of preview build, the sharing functionality is not yet enabled.

Settings – Within settings, you can see the current Version number of the Xbox on Windows app, and choose to Sign out from the app. Additionally, you can turn on/off the following items:

Messages – Users can view messages from other users and system messages / notifications.

For more information about each of these items, read the Xbox on Windows Feature Summary for the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview at Xbox Wire. Stay tuned for more updates from the Xbox team on the features coming to Windows 10 in the coming months.

To learn more about the Windows 10 Technical Preview and how to obtain updates when they are released, check out the Windows Insider Program.

Your support and feedback has made the Xbox One better and I look forward to continuing this relationship in the future with gaming on Windows 10.

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Sling TV
Today, we’re pleased to share the news of a relationship with the newly announced Sling TV, which is backed by DISH. Sling TV is an over-the-top, television service that will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand (VOD) entertainment, and the best of Internet video for $20 per month.

What’s more, as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live members will get an exclusive extended free trial for one month at launch.*

For more details, check out the announcement over at Xbox Wire.

*Sling TV is offered at $20 per month; Xbox Live members must sign up for extended free trial

The White House (yes, THAT White House) has a “We Are The Geeks” event today. In case you don’t know, “We Are The Geeks” is a series of Google+ Hangouts to discuss science, technology and innovation in the United States. I just found out that my good friend Alex Kipman will be joining an amazing tech cast for what I am sure will be a lively discussion:

Tom Kalil and Cristin Dorgelo from the White House Office of Science and Technology will join Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices, Alex Hawkinson, CEO of SmartThings, Alex Kipman of Microsoft Kinect, and Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift to discuss:

  • What new computing advancements might we see in the next few years? What about 10-15 years from now?
  • What are the technological breakthroughs that need to happen to get there?
  • And finally, what might be the impact of the ever growing intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things?

The event takes place today at 2p ET – via The White House blog



Want to be one of the first to see Star Trek Into Darkness?

Well I can try and help with that! Working with Paramount Pictures, I’ve got my hands on Fandango passes that can be used to see Star Trek Into Darkness Fan Sneak Shows in IMAX 3D.

How do you enter? Easy:

Answer this question by leaving a comment below: What you are looking forward to seeing most from Star Trek Into Darkness?

I’ll then randomly choose 15 people to win a code to redeem for a set of tickets on Fandago. Since the codes will only work on Fandango, this is a US contest only…sorry.

PLUS: Did you know that director J.J. Abrams did a Q&A with Xbox fans? Watch a clip of it here, and look for the entire video on your Xbox 360 dashboard the next time you sign into Xbox LIVE.


The rules: Deadline to enter is 11:59am Pacific on May 10, 2013. 15 randomly selected winner will be notified by e-mail or Twitter. One entry per person. Read this if you have questions about the Disqus commenting system. Contest is open to US residents only.

Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter name associated with your Disqus login, you must include your Twitter information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to my notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you won.

Contre Jour Returns with More Online Levels

Back in October, Internet Explorer introduced the online world to the creature, Petit, by bringing the groundbreaking game Contre Jour to the web with Internet Explorer 10 and HTML5.

Today, the team has announced that Petit is back with even more beautiful gameplay, including two new “worlds” with 20 free levels.

Here is a little about the game to get you started: Joining Petit on his new adventures is his sidekick, Amie. Amie is a brand-new character who helps Petit along his journey to save his one true love, the Rose.

Just like the first online version of Contre Jour that debuted in October, the new levels really showcase the power of IE10 as a touch browser. We also saw great response to Contre Jour around the world, and are pleased with the positive global exposure we’ve seen with visits from fans in more than 100 countries.

If you’re playing this game on a tablet, check out how responsive the multi-touch gestures can be. The gameplay is so immersive that you’ll probably forget that the game is running in a browser and not just a stand-alone app. We’re excited for Petit to continue to reach new fans worldwide with more gameplay.

Play the twenty new free levels at www.contrejour.ie

IE 8 Now available


If you use Internet Explorer for your web browsing needs, you may be interested to know that a final, release version of IE8 is now available for download*. For security and stability, it’s always best to run the latest release version of your preferred browser.  If you’re already running Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera or any the other browsers out there, maybe it’s time to check to see if you’re on their latest released bits (as we say in the software industry.)


*Windows Vista and Windows XP users only. If you’re running the Windows 7 Beta, read the special message on the IE8 site.