We know that as long as you have a set top box with HDMI out you can connect it to the XBox. If you have a Freeview box rather than use a built in tuner you'll be fine. What's not been determined at all is whether you can use voice to browse an EPG and change channels on any system. Actually if Sky and Virgin and Youview don't play ball with MS Freeview will be the only way to use the DVR part, because the EPG for Freeview is available online as pure data that any system can access (for example Mediaportal, which is the version of XBMC which can use TV cards). The tricky part is how to go from there to actually changing channel. Convention is to use an IR Blaster, which is the same LED in remotes attached to a wire that you put near the receiver of the TV box. They are notoriously unreliable, though, and somehow the XBox has to know your set top box model so it can send appropriate signals. Like a universal remote. There are so many Freeview models out there though so it'd be a tough system to maintain.|
There's just no guidance from MS about this, how it would work, who can use it, etc. Instead we have faff about recording length and format and microphones and charging making the news. It's the height of irony that MS introduced the XB1 to the world with "TV TV TV" and we know so little about how it works that everyone pre-ordering is doing so on the strength of everything except its TV capabilities.
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