When it first launched, the Xbox One's potential as a media device was very much a work in progress. Especially if you live outside the United States, as it was only on its home turf that the Xbox One's OneGuide feature worked, allowing you to use the Xbox to work with and control your TV set top box.
That's all about to change in Australia though, with Microsoft promising the arrival of its OneGuide feature in a firmware update in March. There will also be an optional Xbox TV tuner for sale for $39.95.
In the meantime for Australians though, it's a lot easier, and also a lot less rewarding.
Our international correspondents tell us that the OneGuide menu is accurate, but not fast, and certainly not populated with a lot of content. Using Kinect commands with the OneGuide can also be a headache. While it easily understands page up or page down, telling it to go to specific channels can be rather inaccurate. It often tripped over all the different acronyms that make up station names, and sometimes struggled with something as simple as Comedy Central.
Our favourite part of the Xbox One's cable integration wasn't the OneGuide, is was being able to save specific channels and movies to our Pins for fast access. We also liked how TV listings were integrated in search results alongside streaming services. For example, if you used Bing to search for a movie, the results will include the next time it's showing on TV, as well as places to buy or rent it.
Lastly, while that HDMI-in is meant for TV, you can use it for anything with an HDMI port. Before you get too excited, we should tell you that it's slightly too laggy for gaming. Forget about playing Killzone: Shadow Fall or Super Mario 3D World via the Xbox One, it's a much better experience plugged directly into your TV.