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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 that you launch the TV app, the console will walk you through the steps described below. If you want to set up live TV later, or 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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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 (European countries only).
  • A connection to Xbox Live to download channel line-up information for the OneGuide.
  • A Kinect sensor or an IR emitter cable.

Connecting your console to your home cinema

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

For more information, see Connecting your Xbox One to your home cinema system for TV.

Setting up TV for the first time

You'll be prompted set up TV the first time you launch the TV app.

  1. Select Start to begin set-up.
  1. Select HDMI for your TV source.
  2. Verify that your console is receiving a signal from your set-top box:
    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.
  1. You can configure all the devices in your home cinema 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. Select your TV manufacturer from the list of common providers. If it's not listed, select I don't see my brand and enter it manually.
    1. Once your console has identified your TV, the console will try to identify the model of your TV by sending it a series of commands.
    1. Follow the steps to help your console learn how to control your TV.
  1. Select Set up OneGuide to configure your channel line-up and TV information.
    1. Enter your postal code and select Continue to find TV providers in your area.
    2. From the drop-down menu, select your cable or satellite TV provider.
    3. If your provider doesn't appear in the list or if you watch broadcast TV only, select Broadcast TV and then press Continue.
    4. Select your TV line-up, and then select Continue.
    5. Enter the provider of your cable or satellite set-top box.
    6. Follow the on-screen guidance to help your console learn how to control your set-top box.
      If the process is successful, you'll see the message, "OK, now we know how to talk to your cable or satellite box".
  1. Read the informational screens on how to navigate OneGuide and get the most from TV on Xbox One.
    • If your TV provider isn't listed, it might not be compatible with the OneGuide at this time. Channel line-up and specific show information is 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. Say "Xbox, go to Settings" or select Settings at My games & apps.
  2. Select TV & OneGuide.
  1. Update the settings that you want to change.

Watch TV with the OneGuide

To watch TV with the OneGuide, say "Xbox, watch TV" or select TV from My games & apps.

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

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