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Xbox One TV Tuner review: Just short of over-the-air perfection

Jared Newman | May 27, 2015
When Microsoft launched the Xbox One in late 2013, the message to cord cutters was that they hardly mattered.

That's not to say the Xbox One tuner is worthless in its current state. If you watch a lot of live events, late-night TV, or anything else that isn't available for immediate streaming, the console's channel guide and time-shifting are fine enhancements. I can imagine the tuner will also be great for Football Sundays, with the game and fantasy sports scores displayed side-by-side using the console's Snap feature.

But if you want one antenna setup that does both live TV and DVR, for now that means turning to other options, such as TiVo, Tablo, or Channel Master. The Xbox One is so close to cord-cutting perfection — especially if you're already a gamer — and while it's not quite there yet, at least it's finally showing some respect.

 

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