Microsoft announced today that Xbox One owners in the U.S. and Canada will be able to use their console to watch over-the-air TV without a cable subscription.
The new feature, already available in other countries around the world, will support live programming of channels like CBS, NBC, FOX, and PBS. Xbox One owners will need to purchase an $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q tuner and an HDTV antenna. Microsoft is partnering with Hauppauge to offer a $60 tuner later this year.
The company also recommends you go here to make sure you have adequate over-the-air TV reception around your home. The over-the-air TV functionality is currently open to Xbox One preview program members, and everyone else will have a chance to use it in the coming months.
The Xbox One will let you access the over-the-air channels via its OneGuide, let you quickly switch between the TV programming and other apps, or use the “Snap” feature to multi-task. You can also pause live TV for up to 30 minutes or stream over-the-air TV to Xbox One SmartGlass.
Here’s more about the new feature: