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Xbox One’s Live Trending update lets Twitter be your TV guide

An incoming Xbox One update will let you see what TV shows are the most popular on Twitter and tune into the action straight from your console. 

Twitter TV Trending will let you see what’s the most popular based on the number of tweets generated. The list will be updated every minute and you’ll be able to tune into a specific show simply by tapping the A button. 

Initially, this will only be available to US customers but eventually UK gamers should be able to more easily get with #BBCQT Twitter fights through their consoles. 

Sayonara Radio Times: Microsoft wants social media to be your new TV guide
Sayonara Radio Times: Microsoft wants social media to be your new TV guide

Live TV Trending will also pick the top 20 most popular shows in the UK, US and Canada and filter a list down to shows that are available to you, based on your OneGuide settings, so if you’ve connected your console to a Freeview or Sky box, you’ll only get relevant recommendations. 

The feature should be available to all Xbox One owners once the November dashboard update rolls out next month, but early adopters who are on the preview program should be getting the new feature now. 

Larry Hryb director of programming for Xbox Live, said: “We’re bringing you new and exciting ways to watch TV and interact with the Xbox Live gaming community in this month’s Xbox One system update preview. Today, we will begin rolling out a ton of new features to some members of the Xbox One preview program.”

The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter trending first and Xbox Live TV Trending second. Live TV Trending is based on the number of Xbox One owners currently watching that show in each country, pulled from anonymous data collected at a national level.

Other incoming features include a new Apps section launching on the SmartGlass app. This will make it easier to find apps for your Xbox One. Games with Gold & Deals with Gold notifications will also be sent regularly to the SmartGlass mobile apps and you’ll also be able to remotely download content on your Xbox from your phone. 

The ability to customise dashboard backgrounds, tweet about your favourite game clips and move Internet Explorer into snap mode are among the other features coming with the November update. Check out Microsoft’s video below for more information. 

Back in June, Microsoft finally allowed UK viewers to connect their Sky, Virgin Media, BT, Freeview and Freesat boxes to the console. In August, Mircosoft allowed live TV to be streamed to mobile devices via SmartGlass, essentially turning the service into the Xbox equivalent of Sky Go

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