We all remember the jokes about "TV, TV, TV" from the Xbox One launch era. Even so, many of us did actually go on to spend a lot of time watching TV on our consoles throughout that generation, and it continues with the Series X|S.
And we don't just mean, like, actual live TV. We mean apps such as Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Paramount Plus and a whole lot more. We'll happily admit that even on staff here at Pure Xbox, we spend a lot of our time using our expensive Xbox Series X consoles to do things like re-watch The Office and binge on The Mandalorian.
So, as a quick little mid-week poll, we're interested to find out how much you use your Xbox console to watch TV in 2022. What's the ratio like? Do you spend more time playing games, or more time watching shows?
Tell us in the comments and the poll below!
More now than ever…as for some reason I can’t get Disney+ on my tv and DAZN no longer works on it… I’m sure there’s some sort of ploy going on to stop apps working on ‘smart tvs’ once they get a few years old.
Funnily enough…never watched Netflix on Xbox
Edit* since I wrote this I’ve now got a message on my NowTV app saying that it’s no longer going to be supporting my 6 year old 4k LG tv either come September…so looks like I’ll be watching tv via Xbox even more.
They definitely prematurely stop the use of apps to convince you to get new tvs. I’m convinced of it.
I have a Samsung Smart TV and used to use the likes of YouTube and what have you that way but have since started using my Xbox as I can plug my earphones into my controller thus not annoying any of my housemate with my noise. Only downside is that for some apps, like Prime, the controller turns itself off after 20 minutes and there doesn't appear to be a way to change that
I move my xbox SX and ps5 around a lot so I use them for YouTube, disney+, HBO max and amazon prime on occasion if the tv I use doesn’t support the apps natively. But I never use it for tv.
I never use it for that! My consoles are for gaming! I have 2 LG C1 OLED tv's that I use to consume content on (Crunchyroll, Disney+, Hulu, ect). I also have my Galaxy phone and tablet I can use for that.
Use my smart TV or Tablet first depending whether I want it on big screen or side-by-side. Occasionally use PS5 for Sky Go as TV doesn't support that.
Never use the Xbox... but if I didn't have the others... or a now unused chromecast I would.
Only thing I watch on Xbox are films on Disney+ that are in Atmos. For some reason my Samsung TV app does 4k but not atmos for D+ and Sky Q app cant even handle 4k for D+ !!!
I do everything from my Xbox. I never saw a reason to switch hdmi ports just to watch tv, movies, or youtube when the Xbox can do it all.
I might use it for watching media more than gaming sometimes (depending on what I'm playing on the other consoles). Native smart TV apps suck, Xbox apps have Dolby Vision and Atmos support, and I prefer using headphones over my surround system at night when the kids are asleep.
The only thing I've used my Xbox for in 2022 was streaming tv & movies
Absolutely Never. My TV has everyone of those apps already built in so having to turn the Xbox on first to access it is only taking up more of my precious time.
Come to think of it they're also built into my Sky Q box as well so would never even think of using the Xbox for it
I have a smart TV . I don't need a console to do any of that.
I have a newer 4k TV so its apps work pretty well, some even better than the ones on XSX. But my younger brother plays on an older TV, it still looks pretty good for 1080p gaming on a XSS, but the software is outdated af so he uses it all the time as a streaming machine, I even got a media remote for him.
All the time until I got a PC. Now I have Disney+ or whatever going while I have Chrome open, trying not to spend ridiculous amounts of money on CDKeys 😐
Well the Series X doesn't allow me to link up my cable box directly through it like the One S did (one of a few missing features sadly) so I can't watch TV on it any more
Though I use it for watching streaming services and online catch up services alongside DVDs and Blu Rays.
Watched The Batman on the Crave app with my Xbox since the movie was not able to play on my Amazon fire stick, and it’s a crappy movie.
I use it when the family smart TV is in use or to watch the shows that aren't appropriate for the younger family members.
Really needs a Paramount + app though.
Make it so Xbox.
I always use my LG CX’s native WebOS apps for YouTube and all the other streaming services. Xbox is strictly for gaming.
I use the streaming apps all the time, they work and run way better than the native ones on my LG LCD TV. It's a really great feature on these consoles, I missed that while using the Switch on my bedroom TV, I had to buy a chromecast to watch series or movies on that TV because is not a smart one.
Never use it for it. Have an Apple TV 4K for all my streaming needs.
Never, Google TV apps are a lot better from my experience
Only if my tv doesn't have the application but the xbox does.
I'm thinking of buying an apple tv.
Right now because of my living situation I as well as my son does. We watch YouTube on it, Disney Plus, Netflix and even Sling for our normal TV use such as AEW. Even before my current situation we did because we didn't own a Smart TV. However once I get back into my own house I probably won't as much since we will have Smart TVs then.
I use the Xbox's wireless display app to watch Paramount Plus on my TV since it doesn't have a native TV or Xbox app yet.
I use a Google TV Chromecast primarily to watch media on my TV.
My Series X is exclusively a gaming machine. PS4 and Switch handle the watered down stuff like streaming apps.
I only use it to play DVDs, which I don’t do that often. All my subscription stuff can be watched through my telly.
Never I use my Firestick for that I buy consoles for the games
I have an Android TV, but I like watching Youtube, Disney+, and Netflix in Xbox. I like the controller more than remote. Sure I can use my controller on my tv, but sometimes I play in Xbox if I'm in the mood. Also, Microsoft Films and TV is not in Android.
Smart TV and Tablet cover that so never...used to a bit on the Xbox one but things have moved on a bit since then
It's been years since I have used any streaming app on Xbox. I have mostly canceled all my streaming services beside gamepass, Amazon prime, and mlb.tv but still I have no desire to use these on my Xbox which shares a monitor with my much more capable PC. If anything I will play Xbox while streaming those apps on my pc on a second monitor.
I can't go back to youtube on anything but my pc where ads are blocked.
I use my Smart TV for watching stuff.
When I'm not playing games I use it for YouTube,netflix,prime,and pretty much everything except live television
And I don't actually remember last time I watched live tele
My TV does it all. But if I’m already connected to the Xbox with my headphones on I’ll just use it. No headphones, just TV apps. It’s good having multiple options.
I just wish the LG magic remote still worked with the series X.
When watching apps, Xbox is exclusively the only way I watch them. Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Netflix.
It is my tv box. Use it for YouTube. Apple TV. Amazon prime. Daily. After playing games a bit first.
Sometimes... though mostly use Firestick.
For some reason the All4 and ITV Hub apps don't allow live streaming on Xbox (only catch up), but do allow live streaming on their Firestick versions.
If it wasn't for odd quirks like that, I could ditch the Firestick and just get a media remote for the Xbox.
I use my Fire TV. If i didnt I may use the Xbox as the LG C1 webOS apps arent the fastest.
Constantly. I actually don't have any other way to watch tv apart from Xbox. Cancelled my tv license, so only use Netflix, Amazon or Disney
TV has all the apps built in so no need to have the extra step of booting up the console to watch TV.
Quite often for Sky TV and MUTV, as my Samsung Smart TV does not have apps for them. Netflix, BT Sport, BBC, ITV, Disney, and Prime - all have apps.
If I'm watching a bluray I'll use it but for Streaming I use my Roku Ultimate.
@el_pieablo why do you need a license to watch over the air tv?
I only watch tv through the xbox i Don't actually watch tv on anything else sometimes my phone i guess.
Almost never. It doesn’t support all the streaming apps I use, and it doesn’t support all the formats and codecs. Also, the IR media remote cuts out a lot, probably because I can’t face the console sensor forward towards me. I wish they made a Wi-Fi remote (since they don’t use Bluetooth). One other consideration is the energy consumption just to watch TV on Xbox - you’ll notice a large increase in your bill compared to using Apple TV or Nvidia SHIELD.
@BleedingDreamer because UK civil law
I have an older LG smart-TV so the app selection isn't too great. Used to use an Apple TV which worked great, but I hated the remote. After I got the Series X I completely replaced the Apple TV with it, and for the few apps not available on Xbox I use my old Chromecast.
I also love how quick and convenient it is to jump from watching a show straight in to a game.
I voted never prematurely lol, we got an One X which is being used all the time for Netflix, Disney+ , HBO Max and the occasional 4k Bluray
Used to use it constantly when Snap was enabled. Then they killed it and never delivered the PnP we were promised. Just use the Microsoft Movies app primarily now.
I don’t use my Series X for tv much, but my Series S is my bedroom streaming box in addition to playing games.
Not used a console for watching anything since ps3. I always thought that functionality was squarely aimed at kids who wont have alternatives or newer tvs with apps built in?
Regardless, id be happy to see all that functionality removed as its just annoying dead weight for me now 😀
It wont happen of course and im sure some people genuinely need and use this!
I only really use it for Disney+ on occasion because my TV doesn't have a D+ app, but even then I wouldn't say it's priority number 1. My phone is my usual go-to for watching, say, a random episode of The Simpsons or Futurama when I have nothing else to do.
I use my "xbox one s" for watching netflix very often last 6 months.
This is one of the reasons why I got an Xbox…. To use as an entertainment hub. I wonder if this will be the last generation to offer an optical drive. I recently got a Ps5. What’s nice is that my TV is also Sony, so when I turn on my controller, it turns on TV also, so I stream on that too. I just like using the controllers as an interface.
Yes because my headphones are all connected to the console....But streaming from built in TV app is 10x better than streaming through xbox for almost all apps
It's all about the headset and my wife in bed. Flick on the Xbox, grab the headset, watch the shows. Also, Prime runs so much better through the Xbox than it does on my TVs native app.
Probably use my Xbox One more for Sky TV or listening to Music than actual games these days.
Surely everyone who owns a Series X or PS5 has a smart TV. There is no need to have ya console switched on!!
My series S is used for everything entertainment wise, I’ve got a smart tv etc but it’s just simpler to watch everything through the Xbox for me.
Streaming only for BT Sport as LG doesnt have rights to the app on my smart tv.
Other than that only the odd time I've watched a movie on DVD/BD
Everything else tis far more intuitive to do it through Sky or more TV.
@sjbsixpack I just like the interface better through a console, especially to rewind and fast forward.
@rockodoodle i never actually used it. Wat’s the difference?
@sjbsixpack u can rewind and fast forward more precisely ….it’s easier to use in the dark too.
I use the streaming apps on my TV. I would have considered using the Xbox only if the remote control feature worked via BT. Using point of sight IR… Ugh…
@TheSilverFalcon my One X will not play the new 4k blurays so I have to use my PS5 or Series X. I kept my One X to take the load off my newer consoles. It seems to be a common problem with the One X.
@BleedingDreamer Did not know that, our 4k discs are a bit older, like the Harry Potter Collection , Lord of the Rings that sort of older stuff, and those work fine in our one X, haven't even tried a 4k bluray in my ps5 or Series X lol, pure game machines
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