How to Watch TV on Xbox One

Do you have an Xbox One and are wondering whether you can watch TV on it? Yes, Microsoft’s Xbox One can do more than just play video games; that’s said, you can use it to watch TV, live streams, shows, and movies. Today, you will learn how to watch TV on Xbox One.

Xbox One is a third-generation series of gaming consoles. It was launched in May 2013, and there are currently two models of Xbox on the market: the budget Xbox S and the 4K-gaming-ready Xbox One X. Read on to find out how you can watch TV on them.

How to Watch TV on Xbox One [With a Set-Top Box]

You can easily make the connections between your Xbox One and cable set-top box, then set up the TV Guide to watch TV via your Xbox One.

Step 1: First of all, plug one end of the HDMI cable into the set-top box. Plug another end of the same cable into the HDMI from SAT/Cable port of the Xbox One.

Step 2: Now, take another HDMI cable and plug one end of it into the HDMI Out to TV port of the Xbox One. Plug the other end of this cable into the TV’s HDMI port.

Step 3: Power on your TV, cable box, and Xbox One.

Step 4: On your controller, press the Xbox icon and head over to the gear icon on the screen. Under System, choose Settings.

Xbox Settings

Step 5: Navigate to TV & OneGuide > OneGuide.

OneGuide Option Under TV & OneGuide

Step 6: Tap on TV Lineup under the HDMI option.

TV Lineup

Step 7: Enter your zip code, then your TV provider. Next, enter your cable brand.

Step 8: Choose Enter it and type the set-top box number, which is on the face of it. Once entered, tap Next.

Enter it

Step 9: Next, choose a more accurate set-top box from the given ones.

Choose a more accurate set-top box

Step 10: Once done, go back to TV & OneGuide and choose Device Control.

Device Control Under TV & OneGuide

Step 11: Under Devices, tap on TV, then TV Setup. Now, Xbox will automatically determine what your TV is.

Done, your Xbox One is connected to the set-top box. Press the Home button and find the OneGuide app. Open it and enjoy watching TV.

How to Watch TV on Xbox One [With a Tuner]

You can easily watch free-to-air broadcast TV on your Xbox One console using the Digital TV Tuner accessory.

There are several benefits to watching live TV through your Xbox One, which include the ability to pause live broadcasts for up to half an hour, receive Xbox notifications and messages on the screen while watching TV, and watch live TV while downloading an Xbox One game in the background.

Digital TV Tuner

The Digital TV Tuner connects to the back of the console and also plugs into your TV antenna.

Step 1: Just plug the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One or Microsoft’s first-party Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One into one of the ports of the console and plug an antenna into the aerial port on the tuner.

Step 2: The Xbox One will automatically recognize it. Next, follow the on-screen prompts.

How to Watch TV on Xbox One [With On-Demand Apps]

Users can also watch on-demand TV shows and films with the help of different apps. To use these apps, you don’t have to pay for Game Pass; you only need a free Xbox account. Also, these apps require an internet connection.

There are several Xbox One apps for watching on-demand TV shows and movies. Some of them include Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll, Discovery GO, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Showtime Anytime, and others. Apart from them, there are several paid services too, but they require an active account.

How to Watch TV on Xbox One [With Live Streaming Apps]

Since many Xbox One apps offer live broadcasts, you can also watch live digital broadcasts of TV channels using these apps. Some of the apps that offer broadcasts include Bravo, Mixer, NBC, Twitch, WWE Network, and others. The good news is that you can download all these apps on your Xbox One for free.

How to Watch DVDs and Blu-rays on Xbox One

Xbox One comes with a built-in Blu-ray drive that can play DVS and Blu-rays to watch media on the console. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Install the Blu-ray player app from the Xbox One store.

Step 2: Once downloaded, launch it and put the Blu-ray or DVD into the driver.

Step 3: As soon as you do, it will automatically start playing.

Blu-rays on Xbox One

Wrapping Up

So, these are the different ways through which you can easily watch TV on the Xbox One console. If you have any questions related to the article, do let us know in the comments below.

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