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Microsoft releases Xbox One TV tuner in the US and Canada today

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Microsoft has revealed the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, which is available in the US and Canada from today.

The add-on, manufactured by Hauppage, costs $59.99 and can be linked up with any HDTV broadcast antenna to give you access to over-the-air TV.

If you don’t have an antenna, Microsoft is offering a package that includes one for $100.

With the TV tuner, you can also pause live TV for up to 3o minutes or have TV shows playing on one side of your screen with Snap.

You can also change channels using Kinect voice controls and stream to other devices using theXbox One SmartGlass app. Streams you cast will keep playing even when the Xbox is being used for gaming.

You can connect cable and satellite feeds to the console now as well, but there is no over-the-air support for DVR, so recording isn’t possible at the moment. That being said, it could always be introduced as an update at a later stage.

Microsoft said in its statement that live TV features were “one of the most requested” things on Xbox Feedback.”

➤ Over-the-Air TV Tuner Available Now for Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada [Major Nelson]

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Published May 20, 2015 — 16:22 UTC