How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

The Xbox One was originally built to be the machine that dominates your living room, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best machines — and definitely the best gaming console — you can have to watch all your favorite TV shows. If you’re ready to make it the center of your home theater then you’ll be happy to know that you have a wide range of options for watching TV on it. Let’s explore!

Watching TV on Xbox with One Guide

If we’re talking about watching TV on the Xbox One then we have to talk about One Guide. One Guide is the centralized Xbox app for watching live TV, but how do you even get that live TV hooked up? HDMI passthrough.

Watching Cable or Satellite TV on Xbox

With HDMI passthrough, you can plug your cable or satellite box into the back of your Xbox One and channel surf right there on the console. There are a couple of benefits to doing this instead of, say, switching inputs on your TV:

  • You have less devices and controllers to manage and swap between.
  • With Cortana or Kinect, you can change the channel with your voice.

Both of these things are possible thanks to infrared technology; it’s built-in on the Xbox One X, and for those with the older models you can add that functionality separately with Kinect. With it, you’ll be able to change channels, adjust your volume, pause and resume (if you have a DVR-capable set-top box), access settings, and more, all without having to lift a finger (though that’s still an option if you prefer).

What if I don’t have cable or satellite?

Even if you aren’t a cable subscriber, you can get live TV going on your Xbox One. It’ll require the use of a TV tuner that’ll let you feed a digital TV antenna’s signal into Xbox’s USB port. You can buy these online for a reasonable price, so it’s a worthy investment if this is the route you’re going.

How to setup One Guide

Once you have your feed of choice, you’ll need to setup One Guide to get all the awesome features we mentioned before. This is mind-bogglingly easy thanks to the setup wizard on the Xbox One.

It’ll involve you specifying your cable or satellite provider (or lack thereof) and inputting your zip code so One Guide can pull in all the channel listings you have access to.

  1. Select whether you’re hooking up a set-top box or a TV tuner.
  2. Input your ZIP code.
  3. Select your TV provider.
  4. Enter the manufacturer of your set-top box. If you don’t know, go with your provider’s own-branded set-top box.
  5. The Xbox One will now perform a series of tests to find the correct infrared controls for your set-top box. It will ask you whether an action it tried to take was successfully performed. Respond to each prompt as appropriate.

If you want to control your Xbox with your voice, you’ll also be taken through a wizard to identify your TV’s infrared codes just as you would with a universal remote controller. Once it’s all said and done, you can start watching your favorite live TV shows with all the voice-activated goodness you’re here for, complete with a TV guide that you can access even while you’re gaming.

  1. Identify your TV’s brand.
  2. The Xbox One goes through another series of tests to find the correct infrared controls for your TV, including mute, volume, settings, and info button functionality.
  3. After you’re finished, determine whether you want your Xbox to start up on the home page or on your TV feed.

Watch TV by downloading Xbox apps

Another route you can take to watch TV on your Xbox is to download some of the many apps available in the Xbox Store. You’ll have to pay a subscription (usually $10 per month) to watch some of the good stuff like HBO and Showtime if you don’t have access to these through a cable or satellite provider already.

That said, there’s a great deal of free content available if you’d rather not spend any money — give Crackle or Hulu a try if you don’t believe us. Be sure to head to the Xbox Store on your console and check out the extensive selection for yourself.

Stream shows from your PC using Plex

If you happen to have shows on your computer, Plex offers an extremely easy way to stream them to your Xbox One over your home network. You’ll need to have your console and computer on the same network, and your computer does have to be switched on when you’re ready to watch your TV shows.

You’ll first need to download the Plex server app onto your PC. Setting it up is a breeze:

  1. Create your Plex account at .
  2. Download and install the Plex server app on your PC.
  3. Sign into the server using your username and password.
  4. Add the folders where your TV shows exist to your Plex library.

Now, on the Xbox One, simply download the Plex app , link it to your Plex account using the short activation code they’ll provide, and watch as your screen is populated with all the content being served up by your PC. The cool thing here is that Plex automatically downloads metadata for video files, so as long as your TV shows aren’t super obscure it’ll present them with proper episode titles, summaries, and previews.

Plex also offers a healthy selection of both free and paid internet channels if you don’t have your own video files to stream.

Stream live internet TV on Xbox

Services like Sling TV and YouTube TV are great for gaining access to live premium TV networks for low monthly costs. There are a number of packages available to you, with the cheapest being $20 per month for 25+ channels. You can tack on themed extras — such as sports, kids, or comedy — for just $5 each.

Sling TV is also ridiculously easy to set up. Create your account , pay for your package (or get the free trial), and sign into the Sling TV app which, you guessed it, is available on Xbox.

YouTube TV offers much of the same experience, though they only have the one standard $40 package with a few add-ons available between $5 and $15 per month. Like Sling, setup is simple: sign up , download the app and sign in.

Other IPTV Services

Do a bit of searching around and you’ll find that there is a seemingly bottomless list of alternative IPTV services to choose from. Many of these services are great and may offer even more value than mainstream offerings, but require more tricky setup if you want to get them going on your Xbox One. You’re typically going to have to install these services as custom channels on Kodi.

Once you’ve figured out which one is right for you, be sure to carefully read instructions for setting it up . Most often, you’ll be using the PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on in your Kodi for Xbox app, and then inputting your credentials in the configuration process. Each IPTV service is different, so there may be some setup nuances specific to your provider that you’ll want to be aware of.

How do you watch TV on Xbox?

As you can see, you have a ton of options for watching TV on your Xbox One whether you want to pay for it or not. What’s your favorite way to tune in?

The Xbox Series X and S consoles are designed primarily for video games; you can also use them to watch live streams, play movies and on-demand television, and even stream live TV via several apps. To watch TV on your Xbox Series X or S, all you need is the right app, a subscription (sometimes), and a fast internet connection.

The Xbox One could display over-the-air broadcast television, but that functionality is not available in the Xbox Series X or S.

How to Stream Live TV on Xbox Series X or S

Since Xbox Series X and S don’t work with USB TV tuners, the only way to watch live television is to use an app that streams live television. These apps have subscription services that you can also use on your computer, phone, and other devices. In addition to a subscription, you also need a high-speed internet connection.

An Xbox Live Gold membership is not required to watch TV and other media through streaming apps.

Here’s how to stream live television on your Xbox Series X or S:

Press the Xbox button to open the Guide.

Select the Store icon at the bottom of the Guide.

Select the Search icon.

Enter the name of a television streaming app.

Select the app from the search results.

Select Get.

Select Got it.

Wait for the app to download, then access it from your dashboard or library.

Xbox Series X or S Television Streaming Apps

The Xbox Series X or S store has apps for many different streaming services that include live television. If you already have a subscription to a television streaming service, you can go ahead and search for that service in the store. If it has an app on Xbox Series X or S, you’ll find it there. If you don’t find one, check with your service provider to see if they have an app or plan to introduce one.

If you don’t already subscribe to a live television streaming service, here are some options that work on Xbox Series X or S:

    : This television streaming service from YouTube offers more than 85 channels of live television, including Fox, NBC, and ABC in most markets, and a ton of basic cable channels. : This sports-centric service offers over 200 channels depending on your location, including ABC, Fox, and NBC in many areas, a bunch of basic cable channels, and international sports channels. : This flexible service offers two different plans that are both cheaper than most live television streaming services. They only provide local channels in a limited number of markets, though. : This free service lets you stream live television, but it’s slightly different from the others. Instead of streaming live versions of existing cable channels, it has live streams of programming taken from Viacom’s properties and arranged into channels like History, Cars, and Military.
  • Spectrum: This app allows you to stream live television, but only if you’re a Spectrum television subscriber. It isn’t available to non-subscribers or people who don’t live within Spectrum’s territory.

Your Xbox Series X or S can also access a ton of on-demand television shows through a variety of apps. If you have a favorite streaming service, it probably has an app. These apps don’t stream live television, but they do let you stream shows on demand.

Here are some options:

    : Television and movies from the Amazon Prime Video service, including originals like Patriot, The Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Boys that you can’t get anywhere else. : Primarily anime content from the Crunchyroll streaming service, including old favorites like Bleach and Naruto and newer shows like My Hero Academia and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. : Includes a vast mix of HBO shows and movies, shows from CBS like Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, shows from DC like Doom Patrol and Stargirl, and many more. : Features a ton of popular shows like Family Guy, Rick and Morty, and Grey’s Anatomy, along with originals like The Handmaid’s Tale, Letterkenny, and the Animaniacs revival. : This massively popular streaming service includes a variety of shows like Better Call Saul and Halt and Catch Fire, in addition to the most extensive library of originals, including favorites like Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, and The Queen’s Gambit. : Features the entire streaming library of shows and movies from the premium Starz cable channel. You don’t get the live stream, but you can watch any episode whenever you want.

Why Can’t You Watch Live TV on Xbox Series X or S With a TV Tuner?

The Xbox One included an HDMI input that allowed you to plug in your cable box, another game console, or just about any other HDMI device, which would then pass through the Xbox to your television. Because of that option, Microsoft included an app called One Guide.

If you bought a compatible USB TV tuner and plugged it into your Xbox One, you were able to watch over the air live television through the One Guide app. Then you could stream and pause live tv, to your phone or computer, and several other valuable features.

While most Xbox One accessories work just fine with the Xbox Series X and S, USB TV tuners won’t function without One Guide. Unless Microsoft releases One Guide for the Series X and S, or someone makes an app that Microsoft approves, you won’t be able to watch live TV on your Xbox Series X or S with a TV tuner.

Many of us don't have cable boxes but want to watch TV through the Xbox One. A previous helpful thread was deleted and I thought it would be good for us to post our current setups. I just want a list of what's working and what's not.

This is particularly targeted at people on college campuses and people that are using OTA signals.

Please comment the following:

Cable Network: College Cable / Verizon FIOS / Over the Air (OTA) / etc

Signal Type: Clear QAM / Antenna / etc

Converter Box: Homeworx 150PVR / iView 3500 / TiVo Premiere / etc

Channels Come In?: Yes / No

Outputs to XB1?: Yes / No

OneGuide Works:? Yes / No

XB1 Changes Channels?: Yes / No

Voice Control Works?: Yes / No

Surround Sound Pass Through Works?: Yes / No

Issues?: Any nuances to discuss

No time to update my settup, but I had the top voted answer from the last deleted thread. Just pasting it below:

Many people have said to buy a digital converter box. I bought one on amazon (HomeWorx) and it didn't work. I'm in the same boat with college and all, and I'm hoping someone finds a solution to this. PLEASE UPVOTE THIS QUESTION FOR VISIBILITY. I really want to see if r/xboxone can find a solution to this.



Buy a HomeWorx if you have regular OTA (Over The Air) antenna/bunny ears. On your Xbox One set the manufacturer to Mediasonic, and then manually input the model number "HW150PVR" to get voice controls to work. This will seemingly not work with people that get "cable" without having a cable box (usually how colleges work).

Update to Homeworx:

It didn't seem to find "all" of the channels. Not 100% about this, because this is more of a problem with HomeWorx than the xbox. But it picked up like 20 channels that come up as "no signal", but I was able to find 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13, CartoonNetwork, Nickelodeon and MTV.

The channels have long names like 71-8034R and 71-8039R

The xbox CAN change the channels, but when I say to turn on MTV it tries 88 and thats not a channel according to HomeWorx. MTV is on 73-2395. So it's a little weird. but it does "work" and I can watch TV and play video games.


Buy a TiVO Premiere. This doesn't require a cable card but it does require a $14.99 monthly fee.

Thanks to omegaweaponzero, jpoole412, jayfred, and anyone else I might have missed.

Anything equal to or newer than a Tivo Series 3 should work. The monthly fee is $14.99, but if you have more than one there's a small discount (I think it's $12.99 per device? I have two and thats what I pay IIRC). You can also Lifetime subscribe for a flat $499 (used to be less. ) and avoid monthly fees. Basically if you own it for 3 or more years, you come out ahead with the Lifetime sub. You can't transfer the Lifetime sub to a new device though, typically, but when they release a new device they typically do some short promos around that time that lets you to encourage people to upgrade.

The only downside is there's no One Guide integration with Tivo's DVR recordings (which would be awesome but I'm not holding my breath for). You'll also need a Multi-stream Cablecard from your cable company, if you want any non-clear QAM channels – typically 2-4$, sometimes free.

Xbox can change channels and do all the trick play (ff, rew, pause, play, . ) but can't go through menus for you or list / jump to recorded content or specific tuners on the Tivo (except the mini, they're all 2 or more, most are 4, Roamio Pro has 6), so while it's convenient for pausing or whatnot, you'll still need your remote for most other Tivo usage (since typically, you will be watching recorded shows, rather than live TV).

From oldest to newest. Tivo Series 3 / Tivo HD, Tivo Premeire [4/XL/XL4/etc], Tivo Mini (probably, but it requires a normal Tivo to actually watch recorded or live TV, it doesn't have any cable input and just works over the network for streaming services and for streaming recorded or live TV from a Tivo DVR), Tivo Roamio ( and Plus / Pro) variants, these should all work. Of those, some of the models are cable only, while others can record from both OTA and cable at the same time (not as useful as it used to be since you can typically get OTA channels from the cable company tuners too).

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How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

If you still use the Xbox One as an intermediary between your cable box and your TV, Microsoft has some bad news for you: soon, you’ll no longer see TV listings inside OneGuide.

The news comes from a new Xbox Wire blog post which mentions that, while you’ll still be able to view any device connected to the HDMI port on the back of your Xbox One, you won’t see channel listings or program information for any of the TV channels, shows or movies that appear on the screen.

The work around? Well, if you have your cable box plugged into your Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X, you might want to run it to the TV directly now.

The good news is that Microsoft is giving you another two months before it pulls the figurative plug on the key Xbox OneGuide feature and you won’t have to worry about it until May of this year.

Was Xbox ever the center of your living room?

It wasn’t that long ago that Don Mattrick, then-President of the Interactive Entertainment Business for Microsoft, was promising that the Xbox One as entertainment center of your home.

In the Xbox One’s rather infamous unveiling event, Mattrick said that by connecting your cable box to your Xbox you’d open up a whole new world of entertainment thanks to features like picture-in-picture (Snap) and Kinect integration. To do this, Mattrick said the console would always need to have an internet connection which really upset swaths of gamers who just wanted a basic upgrade to the Xbox 360.

The Xbox Series X would go on to implement some of Mattrick’s ideas (downloaded games do require you to be connected to the internet to make sure you’re the actual owner) and a few – like the seamless music integration – became key parts of the PS4 and PS5.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s pivot to the center of your media center didn’t quite work the way it had wanted, but in the end Microsoft found new services – like Xbox Game Pass and backward compatibility – to show gamers that the Xbox One was more than just a sports TV box.

While OneGuide will remain after the update, the app will be a shell of its former self – a reminder that Microsoft once thought the Xbox One could be the control center of your living room, failed at it, and became something better.

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Nick Pino is the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar and covers TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He’s written for TechRadar, GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he’s not using if anyone wants it.

It’s easy to turn your console into a home
entertainment hub.

29 Dec 2017

You can do so much more than play games

If you’ve got one of the latest consoles like Microsoft Xbox One, Sony Playstation 4, or Nintendo Wii U, you can set it up as a home entertainment hub with free-to-air TV, movies , websurfing and even surround sound.

Xbox One

The Xbox One with the Kinect sensor is really versatile, with an included Blu-ray drive so you can watch movies on hard disc. And you can enjoy all major streaming services.

  • Connect it to your cable TV box to control how you watch movies.
  • Use the controller, the optional Xbox One Media Remote, or the Kinect sensor.

Can I control tv and movies with Kinect?

Yep. Kinect not only lets you play games with voice and gestures, you can also use your voice to manage TV functions. There’s no need to use the on-screen menu with your controller or remote.

What about Smart Glass app?

The Xbox Smart Glass app turns your phone or tablet into a second viewing screen. So while watching a movie or show you can;

  • view information about it on your mobile
  • use your mobile as a remote control and access the main menu.

Playstation 4

The PS4 has a Blu-ray player built-in, and lets you watch all major streaming video services. The console is more focused on games however, so there’s no integration between your controller and your cable TV box. You need to use your TV’s remote.

Nintendo Wii U

The Wii U lets you stream all major content services. You can also access the Nintendo channel guide to see what’s on streaming video.

With the Wii’s GamePad you can:

  • Control your cable TV
  • switch your TV on or off,
  • adjust volume, and
  • move from cable TV to games without needing different remotes.

You can use the large touch screen on the GamePad:

  • as your main screen to watch streaming videos, or
  • as a second screen.

The Nintendo Wii U doesn’t have a Blu-ray player built in.

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How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Since its launch, Microsoft has downplayed the Xbox One’s TV functionality, although the console still has valuable TV connectivity. It’s even better now: watching TV no longer requires a cable or satellite subscription. With an antenna, you can watch TV for free.

If you own an Xbox One, you should strongly consider enabling TV integration. Microsoft definitely put a lot of effort into this. In this article, we will provide you with an idea about how to connect Xbox one to cable box without HDMI. To know more, let’s jump right in.

The process of how to connect Xbox one to cable box without HDMI

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

  • cable protector- You can add Xbox One to the cable box if you have cable or satellite TV service. You can add everything so that the Xbox One can transfer infrared signals to your cable box, and you can watch TV straight through your Xbox One.
  • Antenna- All you need is an adaptor. TV tuner for Xbox is the only adopter used in USA and Canada. It comes with a basic antenna; however, depending on how far you are from your local broadcasting towers, you may need a bigger antenna to receive a greater signal (see this guide for more info). Microsoft produces its own “Xbox One Digital TV Tuner” for various countries. Do not inquire as to why Microsoft does not produce its own tuner for the United States and Canada.

And yes, you can watch videos on Xbox One in a variety of ways. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO all have apps that you may use Sling TV is another option that allows you to watch TV channels over the Internet. Unlike when the Xbox One was first released, these apps no longer needed an Xbox Live Gold subscription. You will, however, need to pay a subscription fee for any service you wish to watch.

From here, we get to know how to connect Xbox one to a cable box without HDMI. This process will help you to Solve

How to hook up cable box without HDMI

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

It can be troublesome to find out which ports to favour when looking at the behind of the cable box and the behind of your TV to find out how to hook everything up without an HDMI cord.

Don’t worry about anything; we’ve got you covered! Before we get started, it’s important to realize that the term “cable box” is frequently used to refer to a satellite receiver or set-top box. To be clear, your cable box is the hardware that your cable company provides you with in order for you to receive their signal.

How can we become able to factory Remit Xbox one?

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

  1. First, you have to click and hold the window button or the left d-pad till the main home menu arrives
  2. Then To enter the settings menu, use the gear sing.
  3. Navigate to System > Console Information.
  4. To perform a full factory reset, go to Reset console > Reset and remove everything.

How to connect Xbox one to TV

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Repairing your Xbox One is the quickest solution. If that isn’t a possibility, there is a solution, but you should expect some graphical hitches, and the visual quality will be lower than when the console is connected directly to the TV through HDMI.

You should be able to play on your computer, tablet, or phone if you previously activated the ability to stream your Xbox One to a PC. As long as you’re connected to the same account on both devices, Windows 10 comes with pre-installed Xbox companion software that allows you to stream directly from your Xbox to your PC. After that, all you have to do is connect the PC to the TV through HDMI.

If you have a Mac or a smartphone, you may use a similar program called One Cast to broadcast Xbox to this app. You must also log in to the app, which may deter you from using it, but this is required by Xbox One streaming technology, which requires you to be hooked into your account on the target screen.

You must now figure out how to connect the device to your television. In order for this to work, your internet connection must be fast enough.

How to use the Xbox one’s HDMI in pass-through port to plug in other consoles

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Did you know that the “HDMI In” connector on the back of your Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X may be used to connect other consoles and peripherals?

Given that HDMI has become the de facto standard for most consoles and other audio-visual equipment, it’s astonishing how many TVs only have two or three HDMI input connections. Buying an HDMI switcher is one option to gain more HDMI ports.

Steps should follow

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

  1. Turn Xbox One around after turning it off. An HDMI port labeled “HDMI In” may be found on the back of the device.
  2. Get the device you desire, whether it’s a console, a Blu-Ray player, or something else entirely.
  3. Connect one end of an HDMI cable To the HDMI out counter on the device.
  4. Plug to the opposite last of the cable to Xbox One’s HDMI In port.
  5. On Xbox One, please go to the “My games & apps,” after then to the apps sector, where you will be seen an app named “OneGuide,” which is signed by three broken straight line
  6. Begin the OneGuide on Xbox One after back on the other device.
  7. Give a look at the directions. OneGuide only has to be configured once.

Final Words

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

So, here, throughout this article, we will provide you the knowledge about how to connect Xbox one to cable box without HDMI. From now on, anyone can connect Xbox one to a cable without having any HDMI very easily by following some steps. Basically, gathering knowledge about the connection of Xbox one through reading this article will be really helpful for a person. He/she can do this alone without facing any hassles or paying any cost to others.

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How To Set it Up

With just a few minutes of setup, you can enjoy 1080p or even 4K HD video wirelessly. Your cable box and TV don’t even need to be in the same room.

1. First, unpack the MyWireless TV2 transmitter, HDMI cable, and power adapter. Power off your set-top or cable box and plug one end of the HDMI cable into the back of that. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the transmitter where it says “HDMI Input.” Now you are ready to plug the power adapter into the transmitter and a wall socket. Make sure the green power light comes on.

2. Next, get out the receiver, the other HDMI cable, and power adapter. You will plug one end of the HDMI cable into the back of your TV and the other end into the receiver where it says “Out-to-TV.” Now plug the receiver into the power adapter and a wall socket. Make sure the green power light is on.

3. Turn on your TV and change the input to the HDMI port you chose. Wait for a bit until the LINK light comes on SOLID green, now you are ready to use.

4. You also have the option of setting up IR support for your remote.

There you have it! Wireless streaming TV in any room of the house without running messy wires! You can now enjoy watching 1080p or even 4K HD video anytime and anywhere.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Microsoft makes a big deal about how the Xbox One lets you watch live TV directly through the console. Just plug your cable box into the HDMI In slot, they say, and you can view the full channel guide and schedule your DVR without ever switching inputs. You can even change channels with voice commands (if you have Kinect) and “Snap” the video to the side of the screen while you play a game.

Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t given much love to cord cutters, at least in the United States. The console itself lacks an RF antenna input, and while users in Europe can buy an official Xbox One TV tuner, that device won’t work for U.S. broadcasts—and there’s no word on whether we’ll see a proper U.S. version.

There is, however, a workaround: Reading through some recent posts in Reddit’s cord-cutters forum, I discovered a $35 box called the MediaSonic HomeWorx HW180STB.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

You don’t need a cable box to get Microsoft’s program guide on your TV.

The HomeWorx HW180STB is both an analog-to-digital converter and an over-the-air tuner for U.S. ATSC broadcasts. Equally important, it has an HDMI output that can be connected to an Xbox One, enabling most of the gaming console’s TV features.

Here’s what you need:

  • MediaSonic HomeWorx HW180STB (Amazon has it for $35)
  • Two AAA batteries
  • A TV antenna (This $12 amplified one works for me; TVFool can help you figure out what range antenna you need.)
  • An extra HDMI cable
  • Either Kinect or some IR extender emitter cables (any off-the-shelf ones with a 3.5mm jack should suffice.)

Setting up the box

Before connecting the MediaSonic box to your Xbox One, you’ll first want to plug it directly into your television via HDMI. You should also plug your TV antenna into the box’s RF In jack before before powering the box on.

MediaSonic’s remote control doesn’t come with batteries, so you’ll need to supply your own, at least to get through setup. From the setup screen, scroll to the “Channel Search” option and hit OK. Wait a few minutes while the box scans for over-the-air channels.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Once the scanning is done and you have live TV coming through, unplug the HDMI cable from your television and plug it into the HDMI In jack on the back of the Xbox One. The cable should run from the MediaSonic box to the game console, and a second HDMI cable should run from the Xbox One’s HDMI Out jack to to your TV.

Fine-tuning the Xbox One

Turn on the Xbox One, press your controller’s start button (the one with three horizontal lines) and go to Settings and then to TV & OneGuide (under the Console section). You’ll land on the Device control menu, where you should select “Cable or satellite box.” Don’t worry about MediaSonic’s status as a lowly DTV converter; you should still select “Cable or satellite box setup” from the next screen.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Type in “Mediasonic” when the console asks what brand your box is. At the next screen, choose the manual “Enter it” option instead of guided setup.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Type in “HW” and hit enter. A sidebar menu should appear, from which you can select “HW180STB (new version).” This allows your Xbox controller to communicate with the MediaSonic box, either through Kinect or your IR extension cables.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

All that’s left is to set up the programming guide. Head back to the TV & OneGuide menu, select “OneGuide,” and then “TV lineup. Choose “Antenna” from the sidebar menu and enter your zip code.

And that’s it! You can now watch live, over-the-air programming through the Xbox One’s TV app. With Kinect or IR extension cables plugged into the back of the console, you can change channels with the Xbox controller instead of the Mediasonic remote. Kinect users can also use voice commands, such as “Xbox, watch ABC.” Who knew watching TV with rabbit ears could be so futuristic?

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

If you have an external hard drive hooked up to the MediaSonic box, you can also pause and resume live video through the Xbox interface, though I had trouble getting playback to run smoothly. MediaSonic also offers DVR scheduling for over-the-air programs, but you must use MediaSonic’s clunky remote control and built-in interface for that.

Is there any reason to hold out for an official TV tuner from Microsoft? Not really, unless you believe Microsoft can deliver SmartGlass video playback on phones and tablets, like it does in Europe. To bring that feature stateside, Microsoft needs to grapple with content-licensing issues, and I’m skeptical that’ll happen anytime soon.

In the meantime, MediaSonic’s box offers nearly all the same features for cheap. It’s worth considering if you’ve cut the cord and feel like you’ve been missing out on the full Xbox One experience.

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How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Bengals vs Rams kickoff is less than one hour away. You’ll need your Roku, Fire Stick, smart TV or games console for watching the Super Bowl without cable on your big screen TV. Mobiles, tablets and laptop are all good too. NBC has the game and there are plenty of streaming options. Watching the Super Bowl without cable on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and the rest is easy to do. Here’s everything you need to know.

Date: Sunday, 13th February 2022

Time: 6.30pm ET / 11.30pm GMT / 9.30am AEST

Location: So-Fi Stadium, Los Angeles

US streams: Sling / FuboTV / YouTube TV (free trials)

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The good news for NFL fans is that there are plenty of ways to get a Super Bowl live stream without cable in 2022 – and without paying a dime! You can also stream the Super Bowl on Sling TV and FuboTV (both offer free trials) and the many devices they support. That means the Super Bowl on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox and more.

Sadly NBC won’t be broadcasting the Super Bowl in 4K this year, but it will offer top-notch coverage of the big game and the spectacular Super Bowl half-time show, headlined by Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Kendrick Lamar and you can watch it for free without cable on any web browser at

So, whether you’ve cut the cord or are looking for the best way to stream Super Bowl 56 on your laptop, desktop and mobile device, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to watch the Super Bowl without cable in 2022.

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How to watch the Super Bowl without cable 2022

There’s no need to a miss a moment of Super Bowl Sunday – even if you don’t have cable. There are multiple ways to live stream Super Bowl 56 for free in the US.

The official NLF app on Android and iOS devices, as well as larger devices, including laptops and smart TVs will carry a free Super Bowl live stream.

Equally, the Yahoo Sports app on mobile for both Android and iOS will also host a free Super Bowl 2022 live stream.

Fire up any web browser on laptop, tablet, mobile or even smart TV and head to NBC’s very own free Super Bowl live stream and all without cable.

US citizen travelling abroad? Simply use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to avoid getting geo-blocked on any of the above live streams. We recommend ExpressVPN (try it 100% risk-free today).

You could also think big and try out a top streaming service such as Sling TV, FuboTV or YouTubeTV. All three offer Super Bowl live streams – not to mention thousands of top-rated TV shows and movies. Again, you’ll need to use a VPN to access these services when you’re travelling outside the US.

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How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

Movies are amazing on a massive screen in HD and surround sound. But, you didn’t buy a projector for just movies; you want to be able to watch live sports, shows, and mind-blowing nature documentaries with the same experience. You may have asked yourself how to watch TV on a projector without a cable box. Well, thanks to the internet and a myriad of available devices, you can have your projector and your favorite television series too.

We will show you a group of solutions using technology and streaming services that will break you free from the box.

The Basics: How to Watch TV on Projector without a Cable Box

Before we throw you into the fray, we need to cover a few things that are absolute necessities to be able to watch TV without a box.


The devices we are going to show you in this guide all require you get a projector with an HDMI port. You can purchase video adapters that will let you use HDMI devices on non-HDMI projectors, but you will just be hurting your experience. >>> Find great HDMI cable options on Amazon

If you can’t do HDMI, at least make sure you have a DVI port. HDMI and DVI are the purest digital signals that will provide you with the clearest picture, regardless of what you use to view your content.

2. High-Speed Internet

If you don’t want a cable box floating around your house, a high-speed internet connecting is essential. You may be able to get a few channels with an antenna but, to get all the content you get from a cable provider; you will be using some form of streaming service.

When choosing your internet speed, we recommend 25 megabytes (MB) or higher. Live TV streams much better with a faster internet connection. Speeds over 50 MB are worth paying more to eliminate low-quality streaming, and constant buffering.

3. Wifi vs. Wired

You can either hook up your devices to the internet with an ethernet cable or through a Wi-Fi enabled router. In general, a wired connection is a better option because it is more stable and higher transmission rates than Wi-Fi. However, that also means you will need to longer wires to connect wired devices.

Wi-Fi is a cleaner option that won’t require you to mount devices on your ceiling. Plus, you won’t need to acquire extra-long cabling to connect your player to your projector. When using a Wi-Fi router, make sure it has the least inhibited line of sight possible to your projector to limit connection problems. >>> Great Wi-Fi routers deals on Amazon

Use this article to learn about Netflix features and how to set up and sign out of your account. If you don't know if your device supports Netflix, follow the steps in the "Set Up Netflix" section.

Netflix is available on Xbox game consoles. Netflix streaming features on Xbox includes:

Xbox 360

Supported regions
Netflix is available on Xbox 360 in all regions that have both Netflix and Xbox Live service.

Scroll up and down to browse through genres tailored specifically for you. Press Y to search for a specific title. If you have the Xbox Kinect with your Xbox 360, say "Xbox" to see a list of voice commands.

Stream movies up to 720p. Titles with an HD symbol will stream in high definition if your Internet connection supports 5 megabits per second or more.

Subtitles & alternate audio
Start playback and then select the Audio and subtitles icon to turn on subtitles if they are available for that movie or TV show. Select titles will also be available for playback in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound from this screen if your Internet connection speed is 5 megabits per second or more.

Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X

Supported regions
Netflix is available on Xbox One in all regions that have both Netflix and Xbox Live service.

Scroll up and down to browse through genres tailored specifically for you. If you have the Xbox Kinect with your Xbox One, say "Xbox" to see a list of voice commands.

Search: Pressing Y on your Xbox One controller from within the Netflix app will bring you to the search page.

Profiles, Kids Section, Sign Out: Pressing B within the Netflix app takes you to the Netflix Menu, allowing you to change profiles, switch to the Kids section, or reach the settings page to sign out of your Netflix account.

Stream movies up to 1080p HD on Xbox One. Titles with an HD symbol will stream in high definition if your Internet connection supports 5 megabits per second or more.

Stream movies up to 4K Ultra HD on Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Titles with an Ultra HD symbol will stream in ultra high definition if your Internet connection supports 25 megabits per second or more.

Subtitles & alternate audio
Start a movie or TV show and select the Audio and subtitles icon to turn on subtitles if they are available. Select titles will also be available in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound from this screen if your Internet connection speed is 5 megabits per second or more.

On some devices, you can also stream select titles with Dolby Atmos audio, including the models below. For more information on Dolby Atmos, visit our article about using Dolby Atmos on Netflix.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

Supported regions
Netflix is available on Xbox Series X/S in all regions that have both Netflix and Xbox Live service.

Scroll up and down to browse through genres tailored specifically for you.

Search: Pressing Y on your Xbox Series X/S controller from within the Netflix app will bring you to the search page.

Profiles, Kids, Sign-out: Pressing B within the Netflix app takes you to the Netflix Menu, allowing you to change profiles, switch to the Kids section, or reach the settings page to sign out of your Netflix account.

Stream movies up to 4k. Titles with an Ultra HD symbol will stream in ultra high definition if your Internet connection supports 25 megabits per second or more.

Subtitles & alternate audio
Start a movie or TV show and select the Audio and subtitles icon to turn on subtitles if they are available. Select titles will also be available in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound from this screen if your Internet connection speed is 5 megabits per second or more.

On some devices, you can also stream select titles with Dolby Atmos audio, including the models below. For more information on Dolby Atmos, visit our article about using Dolby Atmos on Netflix.

To connect your Xbox to your Netflix account, make sure you are signed in to your Xbox LIVE account, then follow the steps for your device below. Visit Microsoft's support site if you need help connecting to an Xbox LIVE account.

Xbox 360

Download the Netflix app

Before you get started with the steps below, make sure you are signed into your Xbox Live account. If you need any further assistance with this, please visit Microsoft's support site.

From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, navigate to Apps .

Select the Netflix tile to begin downloading the app.

When the download is complete, continue with the steps below.

Sign in to Netflix

From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, navigate to the Apps section, then select the Netflix tile.

If you do not see Sign In , select Yes on the Are you a member of Netflix? screen.

If you are not yet a member, set up your membership.

Enter your Netflix email address and password.

Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X

Download the Netflix app

Please note that Netflix is only available on Xbox One in regions that have both Netflix and Xbox Live service.

Begin from the Home screen on your Xbox One.

Scroll right to access the Store.

In the Apps section, select Netflix.

Once the app has finished downloading, select Launch to sign in to Netflix.

When the download is complete, continue with the steps below.

Sign in to Netflix

Select Netflix from the Home screen.

Select Member Sign In.

Enter your Netflix email address and password.

Your device is now connected to your Netflix account.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

Download the Netflix app

Please note that Netflix is only available on Xbox Series X/S in regions that have both Netflix and Xbox Live service.

Begin from the Home screen on your Xbox Series X/S.

Scroll right to access the Store .

In the Apps section, select Netflix .

Once the app has finished downloading, select Launch to sign in to Netflix.

Xbox has the amazing ability to have your cable or satellite box plugged in and streamed right through the console, making it fast and easy to switch. This page describes the requirements for using the OneGuide on Xbox One, which combines TV service with your Xbox video apps. It also describes how to configure your Xbox One console to control your TV, audio receiver, and set-top box.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

The first time you launch the TV app, the console will walk you through the steps described below. If you want to set up live TV later, or change any of your hardware settings after initial setup, you can do so by selecting TV & OneGuide from Settings.

Note Channel information in the OneGuide is currently only available to Xbox One customers in the United States. If you live outside the United States, you can still use HDMI pass-through to view TV content through Xbox One, but the OneGuide will not show your TV listings.


To use the OneGuide with your TV and Xbox One, you need the following:

  1. A cable or satellite set-top box with HDMI output
  2. A connection to Xbox Live to download channel lineup information for the OneGuide
  3. An Xbox Live Gold membership

Setting Up TV for the First Time

You’ll be prompted set up TV the first time you launch the TV app. Select Start to begin set-up. You will need to verify that your console is receiving a signal from your set-top box.

Go into Settings and select the OneGuide option. You will be taken to a screen where you can manage your devices. Start out by selecting TV. This will walk you through step-by-step to automatically adjust the television for you. The Xbox One will begin to communicate with your television. The Xbox One will begin pushing the volume up, accessing your TV's menu system, and more after you have selected which brand of television you own. If your brand is not listed, you may have to manually enter the information.

Supported brands located in the menu include:

  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung
  • Sharp
  • Sony
  • Toshiba

If your brand is not one of these, you may still manually enter the information for it.

Getting Your Cable TV or Satellite Installed on Xbox One

Begin by going into the TV & OneGuide settings and choosing Devices. This will take you back into the three option page. Select Cable or Satellite Box Model. This will bring up search box. Type in the company you receive your cable or satellite through. For example, if you have AT&T U-verse, simply type in AT&T. This will send a power-on signal to your cable or satellite box. Since you are paying attention to the Xbox One screen, listen for your cable/satellite box to activate, or look to see if it powers on. If it does, accepting this will gain the link between your Xbox One and your cable or satellite hardware.

It should be noted that using your TV app with an unlisted cable provider, such as CenturyLink's Prizm, may cause a disruption with the app itself. Please contact Microsoft before trying to set up your cable if your cable company is not easily accessible on the OneGuide set-up hub.

Now, go into the OneGuide settings under TV & OneGuide. You will need to enter TV lineup. Punch in your zip code and once again choose your cable or satellite provider. This will bring up a list of all of your channels. You may also allow for Microsoft to monitor what you watch for research purposes.

You will need to plug your cable or satellite box into your Xbox One at this time. Unplug your cable or satellite box from the television and instead plug it into the back of the Xbox One. This will link the two devices together. Now you may watch television on your Xbox One. Be sure to set your favorite channels at your leisure.

Getting Cable TV Surround Sound to Work on Xbox One

Kotaku[1] has a workaround for getting your cable TV's surround sound to function properly on Microsoft's new console, as a temporary solution has sprung up since several people were having trouble getting the feature to work properly. The Xbox One has automatically downgraded surround sound devices, which is not as Microsoft intended.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

External surround sound is supported by the Xbox One, but it is hard to find at this time. You can retrieve that option, which is being improved in beta, but cycling through the menus. Go to the "Settings" page on the main menu, and select the "TV & OneGuide" options in the menu. From here, go to the "Troubleshooting" page and click on the "Surround sound (BETA)" option on the list.

This is currently in beta, which means that there will be issues with the feature. Microsoft will continue to work on the Surround Sound feature for their OneGuide and Television experience[2].

Desperate to share smartphone videos to your TV? Here’s how to make it easy by casting to your Xbox One using Android and iPhone.

You've got your phone in your hand and you want to share a video with gathered friends or family. There's no wireless streaming option for the TV, no Chromecast, Fire TV—just an Xbox One. Is there a way to cast to an Xbox One console?

Thanks to Miracast, AirPlay, and third-party apps, mirroring your phone to an Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S is simple. Here's what you need to know.

How to Cast to Xbox One from Android

If you're using Android, you can probably cast from your smartphone to Xbox One without installing any additional software. Thanks to the Miracast standard, Android devices can be mirrored to other hardware—TVs, set-top boxes, media streamers, and consoles.

However, not all Android phones can do this natively. Others have different names for the technology.

  • Samsung labels it Smart View (Quick Launch > Smart View)
  • LG refers to Wireless Display (Settings > Connected devices > Screen sharing)
  • HTC uses HTC Connect (swipe up with three fingers)
  • Sony calls it Mirroring (Settings > Device connection > Screen mirroring)

If you're not using phones from these manufacturers, check your device's support website for details.

With your phone ready to cast, you'll need some software installed on your Xbox One. Two options are available here:

  • AirServer ($20): this is an expensive app but supports AirPlay, Miracast, and Google Cast. This means you can mirror iOS, macOS, Chromebook, Android, and even Windows 10.
  • AirReceiver ($3): a cheaper option, with a free trial into the bargain. However, this app is limited to AirPlay and Google Cast.

Both offer a free trial to help you find out which is suitable for your needs. Choose the one that suits, install it, and you’re ready to cast your phone to Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

How to Screen Mirror to Xbox One Using iPhone

Using an iPhone? AirPlay is built in, enabling instant streaming or mirroring from your device to an Xbox One on the same network. However, you’ll still need one of the third-party apps listed above.

Activate mirroring on iOS by swiping up to open the Control Center and choosing Screen Mirroring. When your Xbox One is listed, tap this to begin mirroring through AirPlay to Xbox.

How to Cast to Xbox One Using YouTube

Want to share that awesome new YouTube video with the room? Streaming directly to your Xbox One is the best way to do this, if you have the YouTube app installed. You'll find it in the Microsoft Store.

This solution works for Android and iPhone devices, as well as iPads.

Along with the YouTube app for Xbox One, you'll need to ensure two other things:

  1. The Xbox One and your mobile device are both on the same network
  2. You're signed into the same account on both devices

With that done, find the video, then tap the Cast button in the video window. This will display the Cast to menu, which will list suitable devices on your network. Tap the XboxOne option.

Here’s how to stream much of your live TV and On Demand content wherever you are, whenever you want.

You have two options to watch TV Everywhere content:

  1. Partner channel TVE applications. Use your Frontier ID to sign in to TV Everywhere sites and apps like WatchESPN, CNNgo, Fox News, ABC, NBC, and more than 100 other top entertainment brands. These apps may be available on popular streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, smart TVs, and more. Check here to explore which channels are available.
  2. FrontierTV app and website. Download the free FrontierTV mobile app ( iOS version or Android version) or use to access more than 100 live streaming channels, tens of thousands of On Demand titles, TV Listings, manage your DVR, and access other advanced features. You can also download your On Demand purchases or rentals using the app, and watch later with no internet connection required! Find out how to download titles.

Customers with Apple Devices

Watching TV Everywhere Just Got Easier

The next time you sign in to use various Network TV Everywhere app on your iOS device, expect this question. Find out more about single sign on.

What can I watch?

  • Download your movies and programs using the app when you have internet access, then watch them when you have no internet access. Find out how to watch offline.
  • Make sure your content package includes the networks you want to watch. Content is available to you based on your content package.
  • Remember that not all TV channels offer TV Everywhere video.
  • Some networks may not have given Frontier the authorization to stream their content via the internet. This means there may be some channels you can watch at home on your wireless network, but not outside your home on an open network.
  • Check the programs you want to watch if you’re planning to stream. The networks decide whether or not they will offer a live feed or pre-recorded episodes of some of their programs.
  • Keep watching our site for updates. Frontier is always working to expand the networks and programs available to you. As a registered user, you will see a complete list of all networks available. New programming will be added to the list as it becomes available.
  • Frontier TV Everywhere is free to Frontier video subscribers, unlike services such as Netflix or Hulu.

Where can I watch?

Anywhere you have an internet connection: your house, the office, a shopping mall, hotel, airport, or a coffee shop, for example. You’ll get the best service with your in-home Wi-Fi where Frontier can control the quality of wireless signal.

Watching TV Everywhere on your smartphone or tablet may count against your mobile data plan, so check your plan first. Frontier has no access to your plan and can’t know whether you have exceeded your data plan. You are responsible for all charges from your mobile carrier.

You can avoid using data by downloading your On Demand purchases or rentals to the app while you have an internet connection, then watching those titles later, even without an internet or data connection. Find out how to download content for later.

Microsoft is removing its TV listings feature on the Xbox One in May. Originally introduced as part of its broad ambitions to take over the living room, the OneGuide TV listings on Xbox One was designed to overlay on top of your cable box and provide a better way to access content. You could also combine the feature with an Xbox USB TV tuner to access free-to-air TV channels.

“Based on customer usage and feedback, we’re constantly evolving the Xbox experience,” says Jonathan Hildebrandt, a program manager for Microsoft’s Xbox Experiences group. “To that end, beginning this May we’ll be sunsetting live TV listings for OneGuide on Xbox One.” OneGuide users will still be able to access the HDMI passthrough feature on the Xbox One to watch connected devices, or still access a TV tuner, but TV listings will be removed.

Microsoft’s OneGuide TV listings on the Xbox One.

It’s the final nail in the coffin for Microsoft’s original dream of turning the Xbox One into a digital entertainment hub, or modern cable TV box. Kinect and an HDMI pass-through were central to this plan, but the $100 price gap between the Xbox One and PS4, bulkier VCR-like hardware with less performance, and the focus on entertainment muddied the waters on what was primarily a game console.

Microsoft has gradually been walking back its Xbox TV efforts in recent years with the removal of Kinect, the Xbox One snap mode going away, media features disappearing, and an axed Xbox TV DVR feature. The Xbox One looked like a cord-cutters dream, but that quickly dissipated only a few years into the console’s existence. Microsoft’s latest Xbox Series X / S consoles no longer include a HDMI pass-through, or the company’s OneGuide app.

There are several different ways to play your Xbox One, and whichever you pick will probably depend on your budget, and how far away you sit from your console.

You can buy both wired and wireless controllers for your Xbox One. Wireless controllers are more expensive but allow you to sit farther away from the Xbox One console.

And, of course, the way you connect each type to the console is different. Here’s how.

The easiest way to connect an Xbox One controller to the system is to use a wired controller, and simply plug its USB cable into the console physically.

Wired controllers cost about half as much as wireless options. And many gamers say they eliminate the input lag of wireless controllers. Furthermore, it means the controller won’t die on you in the middle of gameplay, and you can save on buying batteries.

But you may also want the ease of use of a wireless option, avoiding the hassle of a cord. Here’s how to connect a wireless controller:

Wireless controllers

A wireless Xbox controller gives you more freedom of motion. Also, they’re extremely easy to sync up to the console once you know how.

There are two ways to connect a wireless Xbox One controller to the console. First, we’ll do it through a microUSB cable.

Using any microUSB cable, plug the small end of the cable into the slot on the back of the controller, and the USB plug into a port on the console.

Now, turn on your console and wait a few seconds until the Xbox button on the controller and on the console both glow solidly. You’re synced. You can now unplug the controller and use it wirelessly.

To connect the controller and console without a cable, press and hold the sync button on top of the controller.

Once the Xbox button starts flashing, push the Pair button on the console.

On an Xbox One X and One S console, you’ll find this button on the front, below the Power button. It’ll be small and circular, and have the same curved lines symbol.

On an original Xbox One console, the Pair button is on the side, and is a rectangle with the curved lines symbol.

When both Xbox symbols are solid, you’re ready to play.

Xbox Series X|S compatibility

The Xbox One controller is also compatible with the Xbox Series X|S. If you are using the wired controller, then all you have to do is plug it into the USB port in front of the Series X|S, turn on the console, and you’re good to go.

The same goes for wireless controllers when using a micro-USB cable. When you plug the cable into your controller and into your powered console, the gamepad will vibrate once and then turn on, meaning it has synced. You can then remove the micro-USB cable and use it wirelessly.

To sync the Xbox One controller to the Xbox Series X|S, just press and hold the Pair button to switch on the controller. The Xbox button will begin to blink. Now locate the Pair button on the console; it will be on the front, on top of the USB port.

Once the Xbox button stops blinking and remains on, the controller has synced to the Xbox Series X|S console.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

If you own an Xbox Series X, an Xbox Series S, or one of the previous generation models, there might well be occasions when you want to get down to some serious gaming, but the main TV screen the console is attached to is already in use—whether that’s by family members or housemates.

The solution is to run games from your Xbox but play them on your laptop. It’s easier than you might think to stream gameplay to a different device on the same Wi-Fi network. In some scenarios, it even works over the internet too, so you could be sitting on your laptop in a hotel room and still playing games from your Xbox.

This is a lot more straightforward on Windows computers, what with Microsoft making both Windows and the Xbox consoles, but there are also options to talk about if you’re on a Mac. Here’s everything you need to know, and how to set it up.

How to play Xbox games on a Windows laptop

Xboxes and Windows play very nicely together (thanks, Microsoft). Assuming you’re signed into your Microsoft account on both your Xbox and your Windows laptop, and signed into the same Wi-Fi network on both, you’re almost there already.

On the Xbox One X and Xbox One S:

  • Head to Settings, choose Device & connections, then Remote features
  • Check the Enable remote features box (you’ll be given a quick report on the state of your internet connection to indicate how well remote play might work).
  • Choose Xbox app preferences
  • Select Allow connections from any device and Allow game streaming to other devices.

Now it’s time to turn your attention to Windows, but leave your console on in the meantime.

Find and launch the Xbox app, which is part of both Windows 10 and Windows 11 (if it’s not there for whatever reason, you can download it). The app should be smart enough to spot the Xbox on your local network or even over the web—click the console icon at the top (just to the right of the search bar), then choose the Xbox you want to connect to. You’ll be linked to your Xbox console, and you can start playing.

From the same drop-down menu, choose See my consoles list to access a few more options. You’ll be able to see games that you’ve recently played and the achievements that you’ve racked up on your console, for example. Click the three dots next to your Xbox and choose Rename console if you need to give it a more descriptive name (this might be handy if you’ve got more than one Xbox in the house). You can pick Remove console as well, to disconnect it from the Xbox app.

You’re going to need an Xbox controller plugged into your Windows laptop as well: You can’t just start controlling your games with a mouse and keyboard. As with every other part of the process though, it’s simple enough, as you can either plug a controller in via USB or connect one as a Bluetooth device.

How to play Xbox games on a MacBook, or other devices

As you might expect, it’s not so simple streaming your Xbox games to a MacBook. There’s no official Xbox app for macOS, and no official way of streaming whatever’s running on your Microsoft console to an Apple computer. If this is something you want to do, you might want to consider investing in a Windows computer.

There is a third-party solution in the form of OneCast, though it only works with the older Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles, and it will set you back $19.99. You need to do the same setup on the Xbox that we’ve mentioned above, and then when you launch the OneCast software on macOS the console should be recognized.

One caveat to bear in mind is that OneCast only works across local Wi-Fi networks, not the wider web, so you can’t use the application to play on your Xbox from the other side of the world. What’s more, you need to use your usual Xbox controller, so you’re limited by Bluetooth range there (one floor up or down should be fine).

While Xbox Remote Play isn’t officially available for macOS, there are Xbox apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices—so if you have a mobile device you can stream games from your Xbox without much hassle. The Xbox setup is the same, and on your phone or tablet you just need to sign in using your Microsoft account credentials. Again, you’ll need to connect an Xbox controller (via Bluetooth) to play.

How to play Xbox Games on a phone or laptop, without an Xbox

One final, related option is Xbox Cloud Gaming, which streams games directly from the cloud rather than your actual Xbox. It works on both Windows and macOS (as well as mobile devices), but you can’t get at it for free: You need Xbox Game Pass, which will run you $14.99 a month.

Note that this is separate from the games on your actual Xbox—your purchases and progress are kept separate—but it is one way of getting Xbox gaming working on Apple devices, without even having to buy an Xbox.

How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

With the number of on-demand streaming services available now, you can watch nearly anything whenever you want. But sometimes it's nice to scroll through a TV guide and dive into a 6-hour marathon of Property Brothers or Real Housewives. We all have our things. Subscribing to a live-TV streaming service gets you that joy without shelling out for cable.

There are quite a few options to choose from, and while they cost more than Netflix or Hulu, they give you the ability to watch livestreams of many major channels, often with more ease and on more devices than cable. These are the best live-TV streaming services for every kind of viewer.

Updated February 2021: We added T-Mobile's TVision service, available only for those on the company's phone plan. We also updated prices throughout. Jess Grey also heavily contributed to this piece.

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How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

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Watch It on: Android, iOS, MacOS, Windows, Chromecast, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, Samsung TV

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How to watch tv through your xbox one even without cable

If you live in the UK and have an Xbox One, congratulations: you now – essentially – have free television service in addition to your library of games. A free app, simply dubbed “TVPlayer,” is now available for download, and it offers more than 100 channels at no charge. Nice.

While the Xbox One has previously supported subscription apps like Hulu and Netflix, as well as a physical connection to exterior cable or satellite boxes thanks to its unique HDMI In port, this is the first time console owners are being given access to TV content for free. There’s an option to subscribe to TVPlayer Plus for £5.99, which adds 25 more channels, but it’s not required.

The Xbox One was touted as an all-in-one multimedia device when it was revealed in the long, long ago of 2013. And while it’s since shifted to become less of a “Skype while you watch Star Trek” device and more of a dedicated games console, some people still quite enjoy the idea of a single box that can do it all. And I have a feeling those people will be very happy with the TVPlayer app.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to play, Mass Effect: Andromeda patch 1.05 has made tired eyes look less tired. And if you look even further to the horizon, you’ll see Scorpio creeping ever closer.

You don’t need to install an app on your TV. Simply follow the steps below to watch on the big screen:

  1. Download the FITE mobile app from the iOS App Store, Android Google Play or Amazon
  2. Connect your mobile device to the same WiFi as your TV
  3. Open the FITE mobile app and select TV Connect Wizard from the Account menu. It will automatically discover and connect to your TV
  4. Once your device/TV has been found you are all set to watch on the big screen; simply find the show you want to watch, hit play via your mobile app and enjoy

Watch on Vidaa, Xfinity X1 & Xfinity Flex, COX Contour, Vizio, Samsung, LG or VEWD Smart TV’s, via Netgem’s set-top box or via the AT&T TV device all through the FITE App.

Instructions for each of the platforms are below:

Samsung TVs


Vidaa or VEWD via Hisense TVs and selected TiVO boxes

Vizio SmartCast TVs

Netgem Set-Top Box

AT&T TV Device

  1. Press the APPS or Diamond button on your AT&T TV remote
  2. Go to the Google Play TM store
  3. Sign in to your Google account. If you’re already signed in, you won’t have to do it again
  4. Search for the FITE app and download it to order an event

Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex

The easiest way to get FITE is to say “FITE” into your Xfinity remote control. Alternatively, just press the Xfinity button on your remote and select Apps. Go to FITE under VIDEO. If you already are a FITE user, use your FITE login. If not, sign up here.

Cox Contour

The easiest way to get FITE is to say “FITE” into your Cox Contour remote control. Alternatively, go to the On-screen guide, select Apps then choose FITE. If you already are a FITE user, use your FITE login. If not, sign up here.

Watch on Virgin Media via Virgin TV V6 or TiVo box

  1. Press Home on the remote
  2. Choose On Demand
  3. Choose Live Events
  4. Press Red to view the available events
  5. Select the event you wish to ordern
  6. Enter your TV PIN if prompted

Once you’ve bought it, you can watch the event as soon as it’s started.
To watch your event go to On Demand > Live Events.

Watch on Shaw TV

The easiest way to get FITE is to say “FITE” into your Shaw TV remote control. Alternatively, go to the On-screen guide, select Apps then choose FITE. If you already are a FITE user, use your FITE login. If not, sign up here.

Watch on Phone or Tablet

Install the FITE app from iOS App Store, Android Google Play or Amazon. Enjoy!

Watch on Amazon Fire TV or Kindle Fire tablet

Download the FITE app on your Fire TV or Kindle Fire tablet. If you already are a FITE user, use your FITE login. You can stream to your Fire TV from the FITE mobile apps or use it as a standalone when you have FITE installed.

Watch on Roku

Add the FITE channel on your ROKU and sign up for free. There’s no subscription and no commitment to start watching. If you are already a FITE user, use your FITE login credentials to recover your profile. FITE is available for all ROKU devices with version 7.7 and above.

Watch on Apple TV

There is a native Apple TV FITE app that can be used standalone. Just search for it in your Apple TV store, install and log in with your FITE account. This will sync your purchases and let you make new ones directly from the Apple TV.

Watch on Xbox One

You don’t need to install an app onto your Xbox One. Simply follow the steps below to watch on the big screen:

  1. Download the FITE mobile app from the iOS App Store, Android Google Play or Amazon
  2. Connect your mobile device to the same WiFi as your Xbox One
  3. Open the FITE mobile app and select TV Connect Wizard from the Account menu. It will automatically discover and connect to your Xbox One
  4. Once your Xbox One has been found you are all set to watch on the big screen; simply find the show you want to watch, hit play via your mobile app and enjoy

For Xbox you’ll be prompted to install the Movies & TV app on the Xbox if it’s not installed already.
Unfortunately Xbox 360 is not supported due to old hardware.

Watch on PS4

To watch FITE on PS4, open the PS4 browser, go to, sign in, pick a video you want to watch and enjoy.

Watch on Chromecast

Similar to other popular mobile video apps, the FITE mobile app automatically discovers your Chromecast and and allows you to stream to them. Install the FITE app from iOS App Store, Android Google Play or Amazon, connect your mobile device to the same WiFi router as your Chromecast and enjoy watching live sports and entertainment on the big screen.

Watch on Android TV

Just go to the Android TV store and install FITE. Log in with your account and you are all set!

Watch on Computer

Pick an event from the schedule, or search for a specific content. Open the content page and enjoy!
You can use FITE with all major modern browsers including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge. You can cast to Chromecast devices and Chromecast-enabled TVs straight from the FITE video player in your browser, and cast to iOS devices and iOS-enabled TVs directly from your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.