Microsoft announces Xbox One Digital TV Tuner for European markets

Microsoft has long touted the television capabilities of its Xbox One, and soon more European markets will be able to use the console's TV features, such as OneGuide, thanks to a digital TV tuner that will launch in October.

Xbox One owners in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain will be able to use the TV tuner, which will plug into the console's USB port and act as an alternate to its HDMI-input method of controlling subscription TV service set-top boxes. With the tuner, users will be able to access over-the-air TV signals in the aforementioned markets; the tuner will also work with OneGuide, the programming listing found in Xbox One.

According to a post on Microsoft's Xbox Wire website, the tuner will "support free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television standards." Microsoft notes the tuner will work with all the current Xbox One TV functionality for cable and satellite services, such as pausing live TV, navigating through channels with Kinect or SmartGlass, and using the console's snap mode to watch TV while simultaneously using games or apps.

The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available in "late October," costing ₤24.99 in the U.K. and €29.99 in France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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