Over-the-Air TV Tuner Available Now for Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada

Today, we’re excited to deliver one of the most requested live TV features on Xbox Feedback to our fans. All Xbox One owners in the U.S. and Canada can now enjoy over-the-air TV alongside their gameplay with the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One.

With the Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One and an HDTV antenna, Xbox One owners can look forward to a variety of useful features, such as the ability to pause up to 30 minutes of live TV, watch TV on the right side of your screen while playing games with Snap, and navigate channels using Kinect voice controls. Additionally, users can stream over-the-air TV to other devices within the home using the Xbox app on Windows 10 devices or the Xbox One SmartGlass app on WindowsWindows PhoneiOS and Android, even while someone else is playing a game on Xbox One.

An over-the-air TV bundle, including a Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One and a Mohu Leaf 50 antenna, is now available exclusively at your local Microsoft store and at microsoftstore.com for US$99.98 – a $30 savings. The tuner is also available separately for US $59.99 at Microsoft stores and Amazon.

Purchase Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One from the Microsoft Store

Purchase Live TV Bundle for Xbox One from the Microsoft Store

Purchase Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One from Amazon (temporarily out of stock)

Before purchasing the TV tuner or over-the-air bundle, remember to visit gomohu.com/xbox to check which channels are available in your area and find the HDTV antenna that’s right for you. For more information on how to set up your tuner and antenna with Xbox One, check out my how-to video or go to Xbox Support.

Grab your Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One today at participating retailers and check out the Xbox Wire for more information on the Over-the-Air TV Tuner for Xbox One.

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  • rahlquist

    One question this brings to mind for me. If the Xbox one is capable of pausing live tv, why isnt it capable of doing so for hdmi streams from other sources? Is it merely licensing issues?

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    • Michael

      I believe they said because mainly cable companies don´t want their signal tempered with. That´s also why you cannot stream their signal to another device via smartglass.

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        So why can’t we pause or stream live TV to other devices via SmartGlass if it’s free OTA via a different device like the Homeworx box? Why is Microsoft not allowing us to do that?

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      • Infrablade

        Did you know the Homeworx 150 is actually already capable of this? PVR functionality is enabled by adding a USB HDD or Jump Drive.

        Not sure if this is the model you have, but if so, you can take advantage of this. It’s a little bit awkward, but it works fairly well; well enough!

        I while it was kinda nice and could actually Record shows, I disconnected mine after getting the tuner, due to how much more integrated the USB Tuner is.

        My son uses the Homework unit now, he really likes it, even though he’s unable to use the streaming features exclusive to the USB Tuner.

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        I have the “HomeWorx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box w/ Media Player & Recording PVR Function / HDMI Out”.
        You’re saying I can now stream live TV from Xbox One to my Windows Phone, Surface tablet, or Windows PC using SmartGlass and that HomeWorx box?
        Or you just meant I could use it as a DVR (I’m not quite sure what a PVR is)?

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      • Infrablade

        I’m sorry, no… I was referring to the fact that the HW-150 is actually already capable of DVR like functionality; Its PVR (Personal Video Recorder) functionality is enabled by adding a USB HDD or Jump Drive. Adding either of these will activate the HW-150PVR ability to Time Shift Live TV and even record what you are watching for later viewing.

        There’s no Scheduling feature that I’m aware of though, so unless someone found otherwise, you can’t do things like set it to record a series or record something coming on at a later time.

        Streaming remains exclusive to the USB Tuners, so the HW-150PVR won’t help anyone there.

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    • Nick Peck

      Pretty much Michael said below. That’s why HDMI has strict drm built into it as well, if all of the devices don’t support the HDMI handshake, stuff won’t work.

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      • Capt4chris

        So I have a 3rd party digital tuner taking my antenna signal and plugged into my Xbox One via hdmi. Should the Smartglass TV streaming work or only digital tuners that plug into the Xbox via USB?

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      • Nick Peck

        That I’m not sure as I haven’t done any of this as of yet. I messed with stuff like this on the pc many moons ago but am currently reading up on it now because of my interest in it.

        I think I remember seeing/hearing that smartglass would work with it, but I’m not 100%. Also, not sure if it works now or if it’s meant to work in an update down the road. If I see anything I’ll post it, though I’m sure someone else might know more.

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      • http://summified.com/ Ry L

        in previous announcements, they said something like “for those with the official Xbox, or Hauppauge tuner, you can stream to smartglass” So that sounds like it’s USB only to me.

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      • Capt4chris

        I’m guessing it’s through USB pass through only. I tried it with the Smartglass app on Android phone but couldn’t get it to work (but maybe I just don’t know what the steps are to do it on the app).

        The Android app says the last update allows streaming to 19 countries but doesn’t say if USA is one of them.

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      • mc_365

        Smart Glass streaming only works for the USB Type Tuners. The HDMI port is a pass through port.

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        Why can’t they do it for HDMI-in devices like the Homeworx box too? Is it technical limitations, licensing limitations, or laziness? Or what about USB ones that aren’t Haubpage? Why’d they specify only one brand?

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      • Infrablade

        None of these, it’s about prioritizing the promotion of their brand, not simply opening the door for other company’s benefit. They are still a business and they are looking for ways to strengthen their brand, not give way to others.

        They allow the others to function with them, but premium features like this are sure to be kept close to the chest for growth sake.

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        The Hauppage TV tuner is not their brand. It’s 3rd-party, just as Homeworx is, and people have been using the Homeworx box to watch live TV on Xbox One since Day One. I don’t see the rationale of forcing all of them to “upgrade” to a similar device if they could just as easily unlock these features for the Homeworx box. That angers customers, which is not in the company’s benefit.

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      • Infrablade

        The Hauppauge tuner is their brand in accordance to the agreement made with the company to brand for Xbox One…

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        That doesn’t make any sense, especially since Microsoft has their own official brand of the TV tuner.

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      • Infrablade

        This makes perfect sense, it’s called a ‘Joint Venture’…. the two companies working together to bring about the fulfillment of a product and its features; a venture both can profit from in the partnership.

        What Microsoft has already is a similar Tuner product, they paid to have built for them, which works with entirely similar, yet different technology across Europe/UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. *Supporting HD digital terrestrial and cable TV standards: DVB-T2, DVB-T and DVB-C*

        Just like what they’ve done here, no other device was given the power to do what it does in conjunction with the One.

        The company needed to focus on a USB variant of Tuner tech, which works for the rest of the world where OTA (not Free -to-Air) TV would be the standard.

        Hauppauge had only recently just created the 955Q (an improved version of their popular 950Q) which could be managed to take advantage Live TV Features of the Xbox and fulfill its need for an OTA tuner.

        Seeing it fit to create a quick means to an end (rather than ‘redesign the wheel’), Microsoft opted to enter this ‘Joint Venture’ with Hauppauge to fulfill the need/desire for an OTA USB TV tuner.

        Deals don’t always work out the same way as you see in a prior device created for Microsoft in Europe while here the company obviously agreed to tie-in the Hauppauge name with what is now The ‘Official Xbox One TV Tuner’ for the US and Canada.

        Bottom line is these two tuners, (the one for Europe and other countries, and now this one, for the US and Canada) are the absolute only devices that will allow users to access these advanced Live TV & TV Streaming functionalities.

        There isn’t a likelihood there will be others, unless they decide to create a more advanced version of these; allowing for something like Dual Tuners. Something I’ve personally requested on Xbox Feedback (Uservoice)

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        I still don’t understand, because Microsoft is still bringing their official adapter to the U.S. anyway. Plus, there have been tons of USB-variant tuner products on sale in the U.S. for nearly a decade now. What does the Hauppuage one have that those don’t? And why do they have to limit it to USB-variants? Why can’t it work with HDMI-in ones? (You would think it would, since they bothered to make an HDMI-in port in the first place).

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      • Infrablade

        The HDMI-in is purposed to allow ‘External input’ while the USB TV tuner is ‘Integrated Input/Output’. I’m afraid you’re mistaken in regards to Microsoft bringing another Tuner, the Hauppauge unit is the official device for the US and Canada. They currently have no intention of adding support for others, nor creating another other than this one which is again, now ‘Designed for Xbox One’.

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      • kftgr

        Because the USB tuner produces a compressed stream for the xbox to display or stream to smartglass. The input from the HDMI passthrough is not compressed and will take way too much cpu to compress into a format suitable to send to smartglass.

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        Thank you for that clear, concise explanation. As a follow-up question, then, why is it just limited to Hauppauge’s tuner? Why can’t any USB tuner do it?

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      • dfjdejulio

        Each tuner chipset requires different device drivers, and unlike on the PC, you can’t just use the PC driver CD-ROM to get them. Even if another tuner happens to contain the same chipset, the Xbox would need to be “taught” about each different USB device.

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      • mc_365

        dfjdejulio is correct. The Hauppauge device is an off the shelf tuner that MS has made an agreement to support, market, and promote. Any usb device would need some code running on the xbox in order to work. The entire concept of a console revolves around plug and play with little to no fuss. MS does not won’t to have a thousand different companies writing drivers to run on their system, and they are not going to support third parties with out some financial benefit, and any benefit would surely diminish once you have to write code, bug test, provide customer support, defend against virus / hacking, etc.

        HDMI as a standard has heavy DRM requirement to defend against illegal redistribution of copywrited content. In order for MS to include the HDMI pass through it is very likely that the circuitry had to be designed in fashion that prevents the signal from being captured or MS has made an agreement with TV and Movie industry organizations like Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) to not allow capture of uncompressed HDMI Streams. In a nutshell Users are allowed to record for personal use (IE: Time Shifting) but not uncompressed original quality.

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      • http://www.projectspark.com coip

        I see. Thanks.
        Wouldn’t the arrival of Windows 10 to Xbox One later this year mitigate the “drivers” issue, since those companies would be writing drivers for Windows 10 anyway and Microsoft will be writing Windows 10 to support them?

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  • Elan Gabriel

    Fix the store listing, it has CPU and RAM requirements under “System Requirements”. A bit weird.

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    • Jan Václavík

      Its most likely PC compatible.

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      • Elan Gabriel

        Well, they fixed it🙂

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      • dfjdejulio

        It is definitely PC compatible. Hauppauge on their support page says that it comes with a license and code for their WinTV desktop application.

        The only difference I can see between this and the WinTV-HVR-955Q is that this is nothing but an ATSC tuner. The 955Q also has a QAM tuner, an analog AV input, and an IR receiver (for remotes).

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  • Defiantly

    Possible game changer for me. I really REALLY want to ditch cable.
    My issue is I live in the suburbs and can’t bring myself to insvest in an HD Antenna to test my reception. I also know very little about the various antennas. I wish there was a website that would give me an idea of my reception capabilities in my area, versus just the channels available.

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    • http://summified.com/ Ry L

      The websites tell me I get nothing, but i actually get a ton of channels. You should just buy an antenna and return it to the store if it doesn’t work out for you.

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    • ChrisC3

      Find a friend that has a cheap one (not mounted anywhere) and see if he’ll let you borrow it for 30 mins. Plug it in to a tv with a built in tuner and see what channels you get. If you dont have a tv with a tuner built in, oh well.

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  • josh dyson

    The Microsoft Store doesn’t appear to have the bundle yet; the link goes to the Tuner itself.

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  • Adam Acuo

    The link to check out channel availability doesn’t accept Canadian addresses. Hey Microsoft, we’re just a little to the north. Big country, can’t miss it.

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  • http://twitter.com/rogXue rogXue

    How does this one differ from the WinTV-HVR-955Q? Are there any perks of buying the Xbox One version over the WinTV version?

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    • spaceadet

      $20

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      • dfjdejulio

        A few minutes ago on Amazon, the answer was actually “$10” for me.

        I already bought the more expensive one, because the drivers for that are already in the Linux kernel source tree. (I bet the drivers for the new one end up there next week, though.)

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      • spaceadet

        yeah, it looks like hauppauge has it listed for more on their site as opposed to amazon.

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    • http://summified.com/ Ry L

      Wondering the same thing. The housing looks almost the same too.

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    • Michael Burden

      The official Microsoft one is cheaper, the other will also work with your PC.

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    • mmm206

      So when the announcement came out last month (april) that this was “released” to the US I quickly went out and bought a WinTV-HVR-955Q, only to find out this was only released to the “preview” audience. So I patiently waited for this update to come out only to find out that the device they are releasing this with is somehow different than the one I purchased, and Xb1 will not recognize the WinTV-HVR-955Q. I’ll look for the linux patch to see if I can update my device, but it seems like a completely botched rollout. Great F’n job Major Nelson and team.

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  • Cory

    Now please announce a CableCard tuner (from Ceton) and DVR capability on the Xbox One since MS is ditching our beloved Media Center in Windows 10!!

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    • Nick Peck

      They already commented that there will be a DVR function at some point. So that will be cool.

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      • Cory

        Last I heard it was a rumor from Paul Thurrott, citing unnamed sources. That’s nice and all, but I’m holding out for a big E3 reveal in June… am I warm, Major?

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      • Michael Russo

        I hope they do reveal it, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for any non-game related news from XBox at E3. They got burned too bad at E3 2013.

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  • Derek

    The price on this is so inflated its ridiculous. This should be a $15 accessory at most.

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    • Nick Peck

      Look at any device made by Hauppauge and you will see that will never happen. Plus they are a solid company in the field imo, they make good stuff. Plus you need an antenna (the $99 option).

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    • josh dyson

      Based on what? It’s actually less expensive than the standard version.

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    • Michael Burden

      Someone obviously has never priced any digital TV tuners. Even the cheapest OTA digital tuners cost at least $30, and they aren’t this compact nor do they have an HD output (standard RCA video output) – they were made for old CRT TVs. The HomeWorx tuner I currently use on my One was $50 on sale and it is also not a small USB card like this – it is a set-top box with HDMI output (but also does record to USB drives, which is an added plus). So given the other options, this is fairly priced for what you get.

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      • Nick Peck

        Exactly. Good post.

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    • Infrablade

      The Tuner was already an $89 device, (with its lowest offering still being $69.99) before Microsoft made this deal with Hauppauge… $59.99 is a bit better than $89.99/$69.99

      On top of that, the Mohu Leaf 50 alone is $69.99, so there’s actually a lot of value to even the $99 bundle they’ve created here…

      These are obvious savings: You always have the option to pay more, or get raped by cable/satellite companies …
      $59.99
      $69.99
      ________
      $129.98

      $89.99
      $69.99
      ________
      $159.98

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  • paulo

    Another useless for the rest of the customers outside the US & xbox Canada, like many other Xbox services. Path poorly chosen.

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    • Catalyst

      Tuner support already exists in Europe, and other parts of the world. This is actually an example of the US/Canada getting something after the rest of the world.

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    • GypsyMic

      Not really considering the largest demographic of Xbox console owners are US & Canadian residents. Sony pretty much has Japan and Europe on lock down and most of the other countries are split down the middle. Aim for where you know the money is, business 101. You simply CANNOT place a large portion of your betting money on the slowest horse just in case the fastest horse breaks his leg which is very unlikely.

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      • paulo

        I understand what you mean. I may have made a bad choice of words. What I meant is that Microsoft has the Xbox services such as Xbox Live Rewards and others who do not reach the majority of countries, only come to countries such as Usa, Canada, UK, France, Germany and little else. The rest of the world is connected in xboxlive and can not have access to promotions, contests, etc. Yes, the best bet is because these countries are more populous and richer, but the rest do not have access and maybe this is one of xbox errors to poor sales. But maybe I this mistaken about this, is my opinion.

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    • josh dyson

      DVB-T was actually first, and cheaper (£25, about $40 with today’s exchange). ATSC (this tuner) covers the Xbox’s home market, and was STILL second. Can’t imagine what reason there is to complain about that.

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  • http://summified.com/ Ry L

    Why does it look so gross? I was hoping it’d be slick like the non-US version that already exists.

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    • dfjdejulio

      Because they basically just filed the serial numbers off the Hauppauge-WinTV-HVR-955Q, which looks virtually identical to this one.

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    • mc_365

      That’s why the price is $59, if they repackaged it to look xbox specific it would drive the cost up and therefore drive the price up. This is a rebranding of an existing product.

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      • dfjdejulio

        I really think you might be completely right. It might be that the only reason it’s $10 cheaper is that it doesn’t come with a driver CD-ROM or a license for the WinTV application.

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    • Riekopo

      Yeah I’m disappointed with this. I was going to get one, but not now. They should have used the same packaging as the previously released European one.

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      • TallinHarper

        You’re not going to get it because a tuner that plugs in to the back of your console and you’ll see for all of a minute when you plug it in is ugly? It a USB dongle, not a centerpiece. Personally, I’m more concerned about it only having one tuner. For DVR, you’re going to want at least two.

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  • Michael Russo

    Now give the Xbox One full DVR functionality and I’ll be right there at the MS Store buying one. If I can’t record shows, this is not so compelling.

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    • Michael Burden

      That is a rumored upcoming feature.

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      • Michael Russo

        I’ve seen the rumor, and I hope they do it. I’d be fine with buying an additional external HD just for the DVR, if that’s required. I already have a 2TB just for games. Help me retire my Tivo HD, Microsoft.

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    • mc_365

      Yes it would be nice but without cable card or some way to get that functionality with content besides OTA it would be of very little benefit to me. Not much OTA content I would need to record, basically I only watch Local news OTA and the rare sporting event on Network TV.

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      • Michael Russo

        Agreed, they need to add a USB cable card dongle, similar to this, and then roll out DVR features at the same time. This would be a “killer app” for Xbox, IMO

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  • Arcnail

    Here’s a feature for the US and CANADA, and here’s a link to see what channels you can get, unless you’re in CANADA.

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    • Michael Burden

      So you don’t have Google in Canada? Or do you need everything hand fed to you?

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      • GypsyMic

        I think he’s just stubborn and not worth our time at all honestly.

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      • Arcnail

        Microsoft is trying to promote a product to the US and Canada, and provide a link that is useless… in Canada.

        I would rather use something that is a Microsoft approved method to see what I can get here, rather than hoping Google gives me the proper info, before spending any money on anything.

        That’s basically what I was saying initially.. some people, such as yourself, need the message broken down and hand fed to them I guess.

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  • dfjdejulio

    You know, this actually makes me want “SmartGlass for Linux”.

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    • GypsyMic

      Linux is alright but it’s a pain in the rump to get working. Even the latest version of Ubuntu requires you to go on a google search for how to play audio cds and movies and usually the music and movie players aren’t full featured or bug free enough to even be worth the effort. Honestly with Windows 10 being rumored to be the last ‘distro’ windows and falling into updated apps and kernal versions instead of new versions the entry into Windows as a consumer media center is totally viable now. Hell, even people who pirated Win 7/8 are getting a free legal upgrade to Windows 10 in July 2015 – July 2016 because Microsoft wants to show people in China and other piracy heavy countries the joys of legitimate working OS software.

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  • Scott Dibble

    When trying to order this through MS store I get the following message from a CSR: “I’m not able to access that website here. Actually, to inform you, I’m
    not sure that the website is eligible for announgcing that promotion, as
    I can see here on our website, the promotion you were referring is not
    available on Microsoft Store.”

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  • Generalkidd

    Does this work with Digital Cable? My college dorm has Comcast cable but there’s no HDMI available to plug into the Xbox One’s HDMI in port. There’s only a coax cable available. I know it previously worked with the WinTV USB Tuner when the cable was still analog (they just recently switched to digital)

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  • ElektroDragon

    I wish Microsoft had bought Aereo and fought back against the silly lawyers.

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  • ElektroDragon

    Also now that you’ve killed Windows Media Center, essentially, how am I supposed to DVR the things I can view with this tuner? Why not enable a DVR function, Microsoft, when Windows Media Center had it?!? 1 step forward, 3 steps back Microsoft.

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    • dfjdejulio

      They long ago announced that they’re doing exactly that. Some time this year the DVR functionality will be turned on. (Want to see it sooner? Volunteer for the preview program for system updates.)

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  • Defiantly

    Thanks Dan! According to that site, I get 12 channels with strong reception and another 5 are moderate.

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  • Karl Cramer

    Maybe a dumb question, what’s the difference between an HDTV antenna and regular bunny ear ones? One Yahoo Answers page said that there’s no difference, just marketing. The newer flat leaf design gets better reception but it’s the same signal.

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    • Michael Russo

      HDTV antennas only pick up the stuff you need. The older antennas work for HDTV as well, but they’re kid of overkill. I have a giant aerial on my house that’s probably been there since 1975, and it picks up all my HD channels perfectly.

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  • Eugene Flash

    When it will be available in Russia?

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  • Lucky13X

    This is gonna be great. No longer am I cut off from this one feature of Xbox One because I refused to pay for cable services.

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  • Lucky13X

    @majornelson . Your “Purchase Live TV Bundle for Xbox One from the Microsoft Store” links are all broken.

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  • StephenKJ

    It’s really frustrating when I see an announcement like this, take the time to drive to my local Microsoft store and they look at me like I’m from Mars. They have no idea about this product or when it’s arriving on shelves.
    Okay, I guess I’ll temper that frustration with the consolation of ordering it from the Webster. Nope! Currently offline with an unhelpful error message.
    Moral of the story is, if it’s only available on US (and not Canadian) shelves, at the moment, please indicate that next time. I’m really irritated, not that anyone from Microsoft cares.

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  • http://twitter.com/jrronimo jrronimo

    Awesome! Thanks for getting this out there! Definitely interested in grabbing one of these.

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  • Mando44646

    Will this work with non-cable box cable if I plug in the coax cable?

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    • dfjdejulio

      If you mean the kind of cable that works with cable-ready TV sets, that’s called ClearQAM, and the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q does indeed support that. Since this looks very much like a simple rebranding of that tuner, I’d be shocked if it doesn’t work. (And if it doesn’t, just get the 955Q, as the XB1 also supports that part.)

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      • Infrablade

        Actually the Xbox does not support ClearQAM currently, although they are looking into it being that many have been asking for it.

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    • dfjdejulio

      Sorry, I just found the tech specs for this on Hauppauge’s site, and it turns out that it *doesn’t* have a ClearQAM tuner. But it *does* have *Windows* drivers and a license for their WinTV windows app. I thought it was cheaper because it didn’t come with the Windows software, but it turns out that it does come with the windows software and it looks like it’s cheaper because it doesn’t do ClearQAM.

      (But the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-955Q will do ClearQAM and will work with XB1.)

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