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How to use your Xbox One to manage your TV and set-top box/DVR

Derek Walter | Dec. 18, 2014
The Xbox One is strong video-game platform, and it's a conduit to all sorts of fabulous online entertainment for those looking to cut the cord. But did you know you can also use Microsoft's gaming console to control your cable- or satellite-TV set-top box using voice and gesture commands? Allow me to show you how.

Next you'll be presented with a channel guide, showing the details for each program. Links to other categories are displayed on on the left-hand side.

In the last couple of years I have switched between DirecTV, U-Verse, and Comcast. OneGuide looks better than any of them. It does have its limitations, however; the biggest issue is that you can't use it to initiate a recording on your service-provider's DVR or call a program you've previously recorded on that DVR.

You'll navigate the OneGuide using your voice, Xbox game controller, or the Xbox One Media Remote. You'll be able to select a channel to watch and pause live TV or a recording you're watching, but that's about it. 

So why do I think OneGuide holds value? Because it provides useful information other guides don't, including a list of trending TV shows and quick access to any Xbox One entertainment apps. It's smarter than other guides, even if it can't control your DVR.

But my favorite feature is being able to the Home button on my Xbox controller (the button with the Xbox logo) to minimize the TV and call up the main Xbox screen when I'm ready to game.


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