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Set up live TV with your Xbox One

This page describes the requirements for using the OneGuide on Xbox One, which combines TV service with your on-demand video apps. It also describes how to configure your Xbox One console to control your TV, audio receiver, and set-top box.

The first time you launch the TV app, the console will walk you through the steps described below. If you want to set up live TV later, you can select Live TV Setup from the OneGuide hub. Or, if you want to change any of your hardware settings after initial setup, you can do so by selecting TV & OneGuide from Settings.

Note Channel information in the OneGuide is not available in all regions. You can still use HDMI pass-through to view TV content through Xbox One, but the OneGuide will not show your TV listings. For a list of Xbox One features and the regions where they're available, see Xbox One feature availability.

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Requirements

To use the OneGuide with your TV and Xbox One, you need the following:

  • A cable or satellite set-top box with HDMI output, or an Xbox One USB TV Tuner.
  • A connection to Xbox Live to download channel lineup information for the OneGuide.
  • A Kinect sensor or an IR emitter cable.

Connecting your console to your home theater

Before setting up the OneGuide, confirm that your console is correctly connected to your home theater system and is ready for live TV.

For more information, see How to connect your Xbox One to your home theater system for live TV.

Setting up TV for the first time

  1. Select Live TV Setup from the OneGuide hub. You'll be asked a series of questions in order to complete your TV setup.
  2. On the Watch TV on your Xbox screen, select either Set up your cable or satellite box or Set up your USB TV tuner. This depends on the source of your TV signal.
A screen labeled “Watch TV on your Xbox” includes two options. They are “Set up your USB TV tuner” and “Set up your cable or satellite box,” which is highlighted.
  1. The Let’s watch TV screen will try to detect an HDMI-in signal. If the source of your HDMI signal shows up on the picture of the TV screen, select Next to continue and skip to step 5. If the source of your HDMI signal doesn’t appear, go on to step 4.
The “Let’s watch TV” screen includes two buttons that are labeled
  1. If you don’t see the source of your HDMI signal displayed on the picture of the TV screen, you’ll have to verify that your console is receiving a signal from your set-top box:
The “Looking for your TV picture” screen includes two buttons, labeled
    1. Confirm that your set-top box is connected by HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your console.
    2. If, after a few seconds, you don't get live TV on your Xbox screen, see You see a black screen or experience poor video quality when watching TV with Xbox One.
    3. Once live TV appears, select Next.

5. On the Let’s set up OneGuide screen, select Next to begin the setup of your cable or satellite TV provider’s channel guide. Follow the steps below to help your console learn how to control your cable or satellite set-top box.

The “Set up OneGuide” includes three buttons, which are labeled
    1. Enter your postal code and select Next to find TV providers in your area.
    2. From the dropdown menu, select your cable or satellite TV provider.

      Note If your provider doesn't appear in the list, or if you watch broadcast TV only, select Antenna, and then press Next.

    3. Select your TV lineup, and then select Next.
    4. Enter the provider of your cable or satellite set-top box.
    5. If your console recognizes your brand, you'll see the message, "Your cable or satellite box has been set up." Select Next. If it does not recognize it, follow the onscreen guidance to help your console learn how to control your set-top box.
    6. If the process is successful, you'll now see the message, "Your cable or satellite box has been set up." Select Next.
A screen labeled “Turn on your TV when you say ‘Xbox on’” includes three buttons, labeled
  1. You can configure all of the devices in your home theater system to respond to "Xbox, on" and other voice commands by enabling your Xbox One console to control your TV when prompted. Here's how.

    Note Voice commands are not available in all regions. For details, see Xbox One feature availability.
    1. On the Turn on your TV when you say “Xbox on” screen, select Next to continue.
    2. Select your TV manufacturer from the list of common providers, and then select Next. If it's not listed, select I don't see my brand and enter it manually.

    1. Once your console has identified your TV, it will then try to identify the model of your TV by sending it a series of commands. When finished, you’ll see “OK, your TV is set up.”
  1. On the Pick your start setting screen, you’ll be asked to decide which screen your console will start from when first turned on. Select one of the two options, and then select Next to continue:

    • On start, go to Home – this option will display Home when you first power on your console.
    • On start, go to TV – this option will display live TV when you first power on your console.

  2. Read the informational screens on how to navigate OneGuide to get the most from TV on Xbox One.

Notes

  • If your TV provider isn't listed, it might not be compatible with the OneGuide at this time. Channel lineup and specific show information are currently not available in all regions.
  • For more information about finding your TV provider, see our TV Hardware Information forums.

Making changes later

It's easy to make changes to your configuration after you've set it up. Here's how:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
    Note Double-tapping the Xbox button will open the guide from any other screen on the console.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select All Settings.
  4. Select TV & OneGuide.
The main Settings screen shows a column of categories on the left, with
  1. Update the settings that you want to change.
This screen shows four options under

Watch TV with the OneGuide

To watch TV with the OneGuide, say "Xbox, watch TV," or select Live TV from the OneGuide hub.

For more information about how to use OneGuide, see Watch TV with the OneGuide on your Xbox One.

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