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Xbox One can now act like a classic bunny-ear TV

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UPDATE: Starting today, all Xbox One users in the US and Canada are now able to buy a Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner to use with their systems for free over-the-air content.

Most Xbox One owners who use the console to watch live TV pay for either a cable box or a Sling TV subscription, but there's another option on its way.

Microsoft today announced a new way to watch broadcast and local channels - CBS, FOX, NBC, etc. - on Xbox One for free.

Well, it's free after the upfront cost of buying a digital TV tuner - the $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q - and an HD antenna, which can cost around $40.

Starting today these two accessories will together let Xbox One Preview Members pick up broadcast channels and integrate them into the console's TV-watching experience, including bells and whistles like OneGuide and voice controls.

It's the US and Canada's equivalent of Europe's Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, currently also in preview mode but rolling out to more and more regions.

Microsoft and Hauppauge will release a cheaper tuner, the $60 custom TV Tuner for Xbox One, to everyone in the US and Canada over the next few months.

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