Microsoft has announced plans through a post on the Xbox Wire to launch an Xbox Digital TV Tuner in order to allow users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to experience live TV on Xbox One.
Starting in October Xbox One users in those territories will be provided with “over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience” through use of the USB tuner. The tuner will support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards.
The Xbox TV Tuner enables the following capabilities:
Watch HD TV on Xbox One: With the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you can watch free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television channels without changing TV inputs. You can receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV and even watch TV while you wait for a multiplayer match to start.
TV Viewing in Snap Mode: You can watch TV using the Snap mode, watching TV on the side and leaving the main screen for games, Skype, or other applications.
Pause Live TV: Pause your favorite show when you get up to take a break.
TV Listings in the OneGuide: TV listings will be available in the OneGuide. From anywhere, say “Xbox show guide, what’s on BBC One?” to quickly navigate directly to that channel’s listings*.
Favorite Channels in the OneGuide: Create your own personal Favorites in the OneGuide so you can easily choose what you want to watch.
Channel Tuning by Voice: The OneGuide allows you to call out your favorite TV channel by name and start watching it instantly*.
The OneGuide on Xbox SmartGlass: Now you have access to the full OneGuide on the new Xbox SmartGlass app with the ability to tune channels on your TV.
TV On Demand: TV listings in the OneGuide will indicate which shows are available on demand from video apps.
The Xbox Digital TV Tuner will be available this October in the UK for ₤24.99, and France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99.