Xbox One now supports OTA TV broadcasts in US

Over-the-air TV is finally supported in the US on Xbox One thanks to a partnership with Hauppauge.

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Microsoft has announced its Xbox One now supports over-the-air (OTA) television broadcasts through a new partnership with Hauppauge.

Starting today, Xbox One Preview program members in the U.S. and Canada can get OTA TV by purchasing the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q and an HDTV antenna. The WinTV-955Q retails for approximately $79.99, but Xbox is partnering with Hauppauge to release a lower-cost version of its tuner, called the Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One, which they expect to cost $59.99.

With OTA TV, Xbox One owners will be able to watch live programming straight from their dashboard, access OneGuide for TV Listings, pause live TV, adding favorite channels, and stream OTA TV to Xbox One SmartGlass on Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices.

Up until now, the only way to watch any kind of TV programming on the Xbox One has either been through subscribing to a cable or sattelite company's service or through SlingTV. Supporting OTA TV broadcasts only offers Xbox One owners yet another option to watch broadcasts in a way that could be the most affordable as spending $80 and the cost of an HDTV antenna to watch your favorite shows is much more wallet friendly than spending the same amount per month on a cable TV package.

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    April 8, 2015 8:03 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Xbox One now supports OTA TV broadcasts in US

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      April 8, 2015 8:09 AM

      Do you need an HD antenna?

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        April 8, 2015 8:12 AM

        Certainly would have to, otherwise isn't it the same aereo problem as before?

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        April 8, 2015 8:19 AM

        Sounds like you need the Hauppauge device and an antenna.

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        April 8, 2015 8:21 AM

        "can get OTA TV by purchasing the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q and an HDTV antenna."

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          April 8, 2015 8:38 AM

          I was on my phone earlier so I didn't read the article. Kind of a bummer that you need two different pieces of external hardware to make it work.

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            April 8, 2015 8:44 AM

            Well, since it's OTA, and the courts called that mobile tv service (drawing a blank on the name) illegal, yeah it would have to go this route.

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              April 8, 2015 8:45 AM

              Yea, I wasn't sure if MS was able to build an HD antenna into the XB1 chassis or not.

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                April 8, 2015 8:46 AM

                ah, yeah, I see where you're coming from. No, I assume they expected to eventually provide this through the wire, but that isn't happening yet. Too many kinks in our broadcasting system to allow that to happen.

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      April 8, 2015 8:22 AM

      I really need this functionality but with my HDHomerun :(

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        April 8, 2015 9:21 AM

        Yeah, exactly. I already have a tuner with my HDHomerun as well.

        I would probably only consider this with Sports anyways though, as they are the only things I don't record and watch weeks later.

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      April 8, 2015 8:40 AM

      Have any Euro-shackers tried this out yet?

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      April 8, 2015 8:46 AM

      that's actually pretty cool. i've been pretty critical of XBone's focus on conventional television but this is a step in the right direction imo.

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      April 8, 2015 8:58 AM

      Honestly, this is such a pain. Gotta setup the antenna and get it tuned. I doubt it's changed much, but fine tuning a digital signal can be a chore. You'll want it up above your roof line, and probably your neighbor's, for best signal. Then you have to run the cable. Hopefully this is the only use, but if not you'll get to wade through splitting signals and probably having to boost it. Most indoor HD antenna are just worthless, so you're stuck with the traditional route.

      I get the broadcasters are NOT in any hurry to allow digital re-transmission of their signal due to all the headaches it can bring when trying to quantify their viewership numbers when it comes to set their rate card for advertising time. But, it's time to get current and this stuff sorted out. I mean, even Verizon is stepping up to the plate with 2gbps service. We need the content providers to help us reach our data caps that much faster!!!!

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        April 8, 2015 9:01 AM

        You have to tune digital antennas just like the old analog ones? That sounds like a big pain in the ass. I figured they were omnidirectional.

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          April 8, 2015 9:06 AM

          When digital signal was new, it was. Most of us early adopters used this to help 'point' us in the right direction.

          http://www.antennaweb.org/

          Signals are still mostly LOS. Buildings and such breakup the signal and cause reflections or multipathing. There's not a lot an antenna can do to avoid that, though being more sensitive helps. I think it's the receiver/decoder that does most of that heavy lifting to sort and filter that noise out. I could be wrong on this. It's been 10 years since I've messed with this stuff. Took my antenna down a long time ago.

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          April 9, 2015 3:04 AM

          Like others have pointed out, it has a lot to do with where you live. I bought a Mohu Leaf years ago, stuck it in the window on the first floor and I got a bunch of channels. I had other houses nearby and some trees. When I moved (not too far from my previous location) I decided to get an antenna for the attic since I wanted to hook up two TVs. I bought a GE antenna at Walmart for about $18 and I get a few more channels now. I've never had to reposition or tune anything, I just stuck it in the attic, pointed it toward Detroit, and plugged it into the TV. I'm less than 40 miles west of Detroit though. However, the antenna only has around a 50-mile range I believe and is not multi-directional, but I pick up one Canadian station and two Toledo stations as well. I've got the Mohu plugged into my PC now on the second floor and stick that in the window and get plenty of channels. So I think if you live within 50 miles of a big city you'd be alright. Maybe the ones people struggle with are those rather large outdoor types which are more for the people who live far from any cities. Both antennas I have are quite small and light.

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        April 8, 2015 9:09 AM

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          April 8, 2015 9:19 AM

          It's all going to depend on where you live, what's between you and the tower, immediately around you, etc. I'm nearer the edge of the beam from Cedar Hill to the Dallas area and downtown Dallas with all it's skyscrapers is between me. I got okay signal, but like 85-90% and couldn't quite grab ch 5 and 8 since it was splitting uhf and vhf. Glad to give up that mess for DirecTv, but sad that I don't get the sub channels any more.