Requires "Advanced TV Hardware"
Despite live TV being placed front and centre at the Xbox One reveal event, Microsoft's official FAQ reveals that the admittedly impressive service will only be available Stateside at launch, and will require "advanced TV hardware."
First off: the good news. Xbox One's live TV service will support Kinect navigation (both in terms of gesture shortcuts and voice searches), allowing you to browse through live TV channels, see what's trending and effortlessly search without even touching a controller. OneGuide allows users to "find TV and entertainment quickly with voice searches for names, networks or times, presented in an easy-to-use and tailored program guide."
The bad news? Apparently live TV won't be available outside the US at launch, but Microsoft are "anticipating global scale over time." Considering that TVii hasn't arrived on the Wii U yet, I won't hold your breath (though we can probably rely on Microsoft to move a lot faster).
So what's this "advanced TV hardware" all about then? Well, we assume that you'll need to plug in a set top box with an HDMI output to the Xbox One's HDMI-in port, and the console will then decode the signal and start working its magic. It's just possible that an extra Microsoft-licensed device might be required, depending on how you read it, but there's nothing concrete to report on that front as-yet.
Regardless, the Xbox One is being marketed as an "all-in one entertainment device" rather than a games console; an approach that could lead to mainstream appeal or audience alienation. E3 will give us a much better idea of what Microsoft's new device can do as a games machine.