Xbox OneGuide coming to the UK with the June update

Xbox One OneGuide in the UK

Initially OneGuide Microsoft’s EPG and remote control app for the Xbox One was only available in the US, last month the features where made available to selected testers in the UK. The good news for Xbox One users not in the beta program is that OneGuide is going to be available to the UK Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Italy with the June update for the Xbox One. OneGuide is an EPG app for set top boxes connected to the Xbox One via its HDMI input and as well as having an EPG it also will remote control your set top box and while it’s not the revolutionary feature I thought it would be it works well and controlled my Sky+ box without any issues (see my video).

Also in June the Smartglass app for iOS, Android and Windows will be updated with the OneGuide EPG and universal features. So from the SmartGlass app you can control your set top box connected up to your Xbox One and view the EPG data.

Other changes coming in June include external storage support so you can add up to two external USB 3 hard drives to the Xbox One for storing media, apps and game addons.

Via majornelson.com:

SmartGlass Provides Access to full OneGuide and Universal Remote Control, Pin Reordering and More
We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories or favorites based on your preferences and have those changes refresh to your console.

Other improvements to SmartGlass will help you stay current on what you and your friends are up to, even when you’re away from your console. We’re bringing hero stats and activity feed front and center, and adding more ways for you to compare achievements via SmartGlass whether you’re on a friend’s profile or viewing a game from the activity feed. Just like on the console, you can choose to get notifications on your smart phone, PC or tablet when a favorite friend signs into their console or starts broadcasting a game. For many devices, you can even choose to start watching the broadcast wherever you are.

Expanded TV and OneGuide Soon Available in More Markets
The TV and OneGuide features we began sharing with select Xbox Live members in April will be available in June to everyone in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The update will bring OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels, for people in these markets who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in. Additional features in these markets include Kinect voice commands for controlling your set-top box and other AV equipment. We’ve also updated TV and OneGuide settings to provide better power management and control of your devices and improved compatibility with more devices.

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