OneGuide For The Xbox One Is Now Available In Australia

The Xbox One's premium TV features have finally launched down under. From today, Australian Xbox One owners can access a public preview of OneGuide -- a catch-all entertainment menu that negates the need for a set top box or universal remote. The catch is that you'll need to purchase a $39.95 digital tuner to access Live TV functionality. Bah humbug.

When the Xbox One launched in 2013, it's much-touted home entertainment features were found somewhat lacking; especially the Australian version which lacked any kind of Live TV functionality. Over a year later, Microsoft is finally adding a local version of OneGuide.

For those unfamiliar with the service, OneGuide allows you to combine live television with Xbox One's other apps and features. It provides limited support for third-party set-top boxes which means you don't have to swap between controllers or menus.

If you have a Kinect, you can also use voice commands to navigate TV channels. Another potentially useful OneGuide feature is Snap Mode, which lets you view TV on one side of the screen while simultaneously playing games or using other applications such as Skype. You can also stream TV shows across your home network to a smartphone or tablet using the Xbox One SmartGlass app, which allows you to pause, rewind and fast-forward TV.

As mentioned, you will need to purchase an Xbox One Digital HD Tuner (RRP: $39.95) to take advantage of most of these features. This won't be available until March.


Comments

    You don't need the TV Tuner to access Live TV & OneGuide. Any Freeview Set Top Box will also enable this feature via HDMI-IN. You can also control that Set Top Box via IR Blasting.

    The DVB-T USB tuner has been available in the UK/EUR for a few months. I'll have to test this when I get home, but OneGuide does not necessarily mean the tuner will work. I found I had to trick the tuner into thinking it was in London to pick up any channels in Brisbane. And even then the channel numbers were displayed as all just ch0's, not ch2 or ch7, etc.

    I have a feeling OneGuide is just for a STB in the HDMI port, not for the USB Tuner, as these aren't supported in Australia yet. I couldn't find the original source of this article so can't be sure.

    my dick smith brand STB works through xbox and samsung tv. cant wait for oneguide.

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