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Xbox One TV tuner now available in the US and Canada for $59.99

Xbox One TV tuner now available in the US and Canada for $59.99


Or get a bundle with an antenna for $99.99

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Last month, Microsoft announced that Xbox One owners in North America would soon be able to watch live TV via an over-the-air antenna — a feature that's already been available in other countries. And today the company is rolling out an Xbox-branded TV tuner (manufactured by Hauppauge) that serves as an inexpensive gateway into the world of free OTA TV reception. The TV tuner costs $59.99, which is a pretty great price in its own right. But since you'll also need an antenna to get started, the Microsoft Store is offering a bundle with both pieces of hardware for $99.99.

Xbox TV tuner

The Xbox One lets you do a bit more than simply watch live programming. You're able to pause live TV for up to 30 minutes (though there's no way to record anything DVR-style) and watch TV in a smaller, snapped window on the right side of your screen while playing games. Microsoft automatically pulls down a guide listing based on your zip code, and TV can of course be controlled with Kinect voice commands. But simply buying the TV tuner and antenna doesn't guarantee that you'll get a strong OTA signal. Microsoft is encouraging all interested customers to visit to see exactly which channels are available in their area.