Microsoft, Hauppauge Woo Cord-Cutters With Xbox One TV Tuner
Microsoft and Hauppauge are making it easier for consumers in the U.S. and Canada to say good-bye to their cable TV providers.Microsoft and digital video specialist Hauppauge are helping prospective cord-cutters take a major step closer to breaking up with their cable TV companies. "Starting today, members of the Xbox One preview program in the United States and Canada can get over-the-air TV by purchasing the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q (MSRP $79.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Micro Center), and an HDTV antenna," said Microsoft in an April 8 announcement. A growing number of consumers are parting with cable TV giants. These so-called cord-cutters rely on streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku, and online services like Netflix, Hulu and the newly independent HBO Go, to enjoy televised entertainment without a pay TV subscription. Now, some North American Xbox One owners can fill in a major piece of the cord-cutting puzzle: over-the-air broadcasts.
"Support for over-the-air TV on Xbox One means access to broadcast networks available in your area, like CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS, with no subscription cost," added Microsoft. For more live TV options, customers can pair it with Dish Network's Sling TV app. Launched during this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sling TV enables live viewing of ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, AMC, Adult Swim, Disney Channel, Food Network, HGTV and the Cartoon Network for $20 per month. Themed add-on packs (sports, kids, movies, news and lifestyle) are available for an extra $5 per month each.