Xbox One customers in the United States and Canada can access over-the-air (OTA) TV using a third-party tuner and antenna, which will work in conjunction with your console's OneGuide. Below are the options and instructions for using an over-the-air tuner.
Over-the-air tuners allow users to watch live, over-the-air digital TV channels (such as NBC, ABC, and CBS). The signal is captured by an antenna, transmitted via coax cable (RG6), and then received by an over-the-air tuner, which converts the signal to USB output.
Availability and performance of over-the-air content can vary based on your location. For example, you may not be able to use an over-the-air tuner if you live in remote areas like a desert region or a valley surrounded by mountains. See the following section to learn how to find out if there is over-the-air coverage in your area.
Xbox has partnered with the following over-the-air component suppliers offering tuners and antennas that are compatible with Xbox One.
Note Other antennas may work with Xbox, but they haven't been verified as compatible. You'll need both an antenna and a tuner for over-the-air TV to work.
Antenna: You can use a variety of over-the-air antennas to receive channels. Mohu offers several antenna options, based on the coverage in your area. Visit the Mohu Xbox page and enter your address to see which over-the-air channels may be available to you, along with recommended antennas. Keep in mind that if you live in a remote area, your options and performance will vary.
Tuner: The Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One is the only TV tuner compatible with Xbox One.
There are four steps to setting up your Xbox One to receive over-the-air TV:
Step 1: Place your antenna in a location that can best receive signals, such as a window. You may need to adjust the antenna for optimal performance later, so it's best not to permanently mount it just yet.
Step 2: Connect the tuner to your TV signal source and the Xbox One console using the configuration depicted below:
Step 3: Configure your OneGuide and TV settings. Once you connect the tuner, your console will automatically recognize it and prompt you to set it up. When prompted, press and hold the Xbox button on your controller to immediately be taken to the setup procedure. If you don't want to set up the tuner when prompted, follow these steps later to get to the TV setup section of your Xbox One settings:
Step 4: Review the channels you received and adjust your antenna if the channels you expected to receive don't appear, keeping in mind that you may need to find an alternate location for the antenna. Once you've adjusted the antenna, you'll need to re-scan for channels. If you can't get a satisfactory signal, see the troubleshooting steps below.
No signal comes through to the Xbox One console
Most TV signal problems are due to either a bad signal coming into the tuner, or an incorrect setup. If your Xbox One console isn't displaying your TV signal, try the following steps.
If your TV has a built-in over-the-air tuner, test the signal directly on your TV by unplugging from the tuner and plugging directly into the TV.
Note If the console appears to be frozen, press and hold the Xbox button on the console for 10 seconds, until the console turns off. After the console shuts down, touch the Xbox button on the console again to restart.
Troubleshoot your Xbox One TV & OneGuide settings:
Poor signal comes through to the Xbox One console
If you can see TV channels via your Xbox One, your setup is correct. However, you need to adjust your signal strength. Below are tips for adjusting your antenna:
Re-scanning for channels
If after using over-the-air TV on your Xbox One, you decide that you want to change your antenna positioning and re-scan for channels, follow these steps:
After the scan is complete, you'll have access to the channels you received.
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