Xbox Australia has announced that we are finally getting OneGuide as well as the Xbox One TV Tuner in Australia. This is something that has been severely lacking in Australia since launch and I don’t doubt that this will provide a big boost to the Xbox One.
The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner allows you to stream free-to-air TV to your smartphone or tablet. It will retail for $39.95 when release later in March.
Some key features of OneGuide include:
Favourite Channels in OneGuide: Create your own personal favourites in OneGuide so you can more quickly choose what you want to watch.
Channel Tuning by Voice: OneGuide allows you to call out your favourite TV channel by name and start watching it instantly*.
TV Listings in the OneGuide: Navigate TV listings using the controller or with Kinect Voice* control – e.g. say “Xbox show guide, what’s on Channel 7?” – to quickly navigate directly to that channel’s listings for free-to-air TV. Listings are available in both full screen and mini-guide, with the option of parental controls.
TV Playback in Snap Mode: You can now watch TV using the Snap mode, watching TV on the side and leaving the main screen for games, Skype, or other applications.
OneGuide on SmartGlass: You will have access to the OneGuide listings on the new Xbox One SmartGlass Beta app with the ability to change channels on your TV. You can download this app from the marketplace or store on your mobile device.
TV On Demand: TV listings in OneGuide will indicate which shows are available on demand from video apps.