$60 tuner almost turns the Xbox One into a DVR


— 6:00 AM on May 21, 2015

Windows Media Center may be dead, but that doesn't mean Microsoft has given up on DVRs. The Xbox One can now tune in to over-the-air broadcasts with a Hauppauge tuner. The $60 unit is cheaper than a similar tuner introduced for Xbone preview members last month—and it's available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada. There's also a $100 bundle that includes an antenna.


Source: Microsoft

Microsoft has integrated a program guide into the console's software, and broadcasts can be streamed to SmartGlass apps on Windows, Android, and iOS. There's no support for scheduled or manual recording, though. Users can watch live television and pause programs for up to 30 minutes, but that's the extent of it.

According to sources cited by well-connected Windows guru Paul Thurrott, recording functionality will be added to the Xbox One "most probably this year." Microsoft said it introduced the OTA tuner based on user requests, and those same folks will probably want true DVR features. I'd be surprised if robust recording support didn't come to the console eventually.

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