I'm not sure where you're going with this about how it's going to work for those people who doesn't have HDMI out/cable box. those people will just be stuck with using the console the traditional way (just like they would any other console). are far as it seems and I've read TV is not the only thing that the xbox one can take through the hdmi in, it can take xbox 360, PC or hdmi output from other devices.
anyways, there are many DTV tuners with HDMI output so to me you're just trying to find a problem where there really isn't one.
also it's not Microsoft's fault those people don't have cable/satellite box, but other people shouldn't suffer because some people can't use a certain feature. but to me its better that the feature be there until those people can use it rather than not have the feature at all.
or is it that you wanted Microsoft to have also included a DTV tuner inside the xbox one????
I'm not trying to make a problem where there isn't one, I'm trying to work out how MS are going to make the TV features work. MS are marketing it as a great TV experience, but from what I know of different TV systems around the world (not a huge amount, I admit), it's only going to be that for quite a small percentage of people worldwide, given what info (none) we currently have.
Take the UK as an example. There are 5 main ways of getting your TV.
1. OTA into a set top "Freeview" digital decoder for older TV.s
2. OTA into a more modern TV with a built in Freeview decoder
3. Satellite via "Freesat" into a set top box
4. Satellite via SkyTV into a set top box
5. Cable TV from Virgin Media, into a set top box.
#1, which is the largest group, is served by literally HUNDREDS of different makes of set top box, and quite a lot of these are "el cheapo" ones with no HDMI out as they're designed for old TV's. Most of these just have an RF out, or maybe a SCART out. These just aren't going to work with XB1.
#2, the second largest group. I don't know of any TV models that actually have HDMI out, though there might be a few. No idea how these will work with XB1.
Numbers #3 to #5 will mostly have HDMI out so should be OK, BUT, only newer STB's are sure to have it. I know plenty of folks with old boxes that work perfectly well, that do not have HDMI out.
So, with just the UK alone, you have quite a lot of options. Also, all that hardware have their own ways of talking to the box with IR codes, so this isn't exactly a minor issue. Multiply that by the number of countries they're launching in and, well... I'm glad I'm not on that project!
As for your comment about MS's fault. Not once did I say it WAS their fault! If they want to launch with just support for one way to get TV, that's entirely their choice. Doing so however, WILL affect sales. Personally, I'd only be interested in buying one if ALL of its features work without me having to buy extra gear. if it doesn't, then I doubt I'll bother. FWIW, I'm in group 5 so might be fine, but I'm thinking about more than myself.
So they shouldn't do it because it wouldn't work in the UK? This is like they shouldn't offer downloadable games because someone with poor internet connection might not be able to download them.
Where did I say that? Please don't put words in to my mouth.
Microsoft are releasing this console in quite a lot of countries and are touting this feature big time; therefore this feature needs to work in all those countries. If it's US only, then that's going to hurt their sales figures rather a lot.
Stop being so US-centric. The world is larger than your little corner of it.