Xbox One Will No Longer Let You Stream to Your Phone Using a USB TV Tuner

Posted on November 5, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Games, Xbox One with 21 Comments

When Microsoft originally launched the new Xbox One, TV was a huge focus for the company. Over the last few years, though, that has changed rapidly, with the company removing features like Snap for multitasking while watching TV, and slowly phasing out Kinect.

And now, the company is removing another TV-related feature. As spotted by Ars Technica on Reddit, Microsoft has started sending out a notification to Xbox One users who have used a USB TV Tuner in the past.

The company is now killing support for the ability to stream TV content from your Xbox to the Xbox app on iOS and Android. “You may have streamed TV content using a USB TV tuner from your Xbox console to the Xbox app. In 30 days, the Xbox app on iOS and Android will no longer support this functionality. You will still be able to watch TV content on your Xbox One console and via streaming to the Xbox app on Windows 10,” the company said in the notification.

USB TV Tuners allowed the Xbox One to receive over-the-air antenna TV signals, which users could stream to their phone via the Xbox app. The feature obviously isn’t used widely, and that’s likely the reason behind Microsoft taking the feature away.

Microsoft probably doesn’t want to deal with maintaining code for such features. Plus, not a lot of people are likely going to be annoyed with the feature’s removal, but those who are still using the feature will likely be quite displeased

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21 responses to “Xbox One Will No Longer Let You Stream to Your Phone Using a USB TV Tuner”

  1. RonV42

    I really think this is due to copyrighted content being casted from Xbox to the mobile device. Microsoft doesn't want to be in for a lawsuit.

  2. dab2kab

    Removing features is no good, but the tv tuner became basically pointless once microsoft decided to never release their dvr features on the xbox one, despite announcing it was coming.

  3. Rob_Wade

    LOL. We don't have any OTA stations. We're 155 miles from any OTA stations.

  4. secretlyclever

    Although this only impacts a small audience, those users will be understandably frustrated by the removal of this feature.

    I am glad to have my HD Home Run. Works great to stream OTA channels to my phone or PC.

  5. VTScott

    Disappointing. I used this feature to avoid battling the kids for the TV.

  6. maethorechannen

    The feature obviously isn’t used widely, and that’s likely the reason behind Microsoft taking the feature away.

    If that logic was applied to all of Microsoft's products there wouldn't be much left.

  7. JCerna

    "The feature obviously isn’t used widely, and that’s likely the reason behind Microsoft taking the feature away."

    Maybe: The majority of people don't really call 911 so maybe we should remove that feature from all phones.

    I don't really get why more and more it's OK to sell us something with promised functionality and then just remove it or not even finish it. It's sad the Xbox had a lot of promise for being the one item I needed for entertainment. There are days that I can't even watch Netflix without the app crashing. If it was not for Plex my Xbox would be collecting dust by now.

    Yes I am a gamer and I do play games, but I bought into the Xbox ecosystem to make my life easier. There was a time where I would search for a show or movie title, Xbox would list all channels I could watch it on and I could click one button to buy it, watch it on Netflix, Hulu, or live TV.

    Please Microsoft get your act together.

  8. kjb434

    Makes sense for phones. As long as the Win10 functionality remains. Over the air TV signals are the best high quality picture you can get for TV. It's nice feature to have for live events on broadcast channels. In Houston I get 80 channels over broadcast...about 5 are watchable though.

  9. ponsaelius

    Seems perfectly logical as Microsoft moves 180 degrees away from it's original vision as a family entertainment box. Now it's really just for gamers.

  10. C0rk

    So... For clarity....

    The USB TV Tuner I use with my XBox one console will still work to watch TV via the Console itself... correct?

    If I'm reading carefully, it would seem they're ONLY removing the ability to stream the TV content to the Xbox App in order to consume that TV signal on other devices. Can someone confirm my understsnfing? I want to ensure the USB Tuner I'm currently using for console based TV consumption will continue to work.

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