Add to the ever growing list of Things Your Console Can Do a new function for the Xbox One. Revealed at Gamescom, and arriving in 2016 is subscription-free DVR functionality. Over-the-air television has already been available on the Xbox One in nearly 20 countries including the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK. For that you just need to purchase the appropriate tuning device -- the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner
in North America or the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner
in Europe and Australia. Soon Xbox One users will be able to record programs, schedule future recordings, and take their recordings with them to watch anywhere.
There are no time constraints limiting how long you can keep a recorded show, and the only size restraint is the size of the hard drive to which you're downloading content. Keep in mind over-the-air television is itself limited to non-cable channels, so unfortunately you can't go saving entire seasons of Silicon Valley
and Game of Thrones
to your hard drive. You will be able to access any channels which are available in your area, which you can look up here
if you're in the US.
Mobile apps like Smartglass on tablets, PCs, and smartphones can all stream your saved programs and manage your recordings, or you can download content to your Windows 10 devices to watch them even when you can't get online. It's another big step for the Xbox brand as it tries to catch its black and blue competitor, and it comes at the right time too. Every year more and more people are looking for ways to cut the cord with cable companies. This might just be their exit strategy.