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Xbox One's free TV DVR launch territories confirmed

The subscription-free service will be available in the United States, Canada, and UK next year.

When the Xbox One's new DVR functionality for over-the-air TV programming launches in 2016, it will initially be available only in three markets. Microsoft confirmed on Monday that those regions are the United States, Canada and the UK.

Details about Xbox One DVR support for other regions, such as Germany and France, will be announced "at a later date," a Microsoft representative told VG247.

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Currently, the Xbox One allows users to watch live TV, but the system itself does not support recording functionality. Instead, that process is handled by your existing cable box. That's all changing in 2016, however, when the new TV DVR functionality for Xbox One goes live.

Speaking during Microsoft's Gamescom briefing last week, where the service was announced, Microsoft engineer Mike Ybarra stressed that the TV DVR functionality will not negatively impact the overall Xbox One technical performance. Xbox One TV DVR will also work with the Xbox App SmartGlass app to allow users to schedule recordings on the go.

It also supports Windows 10, allowing you to watch your recordings on a PC or any other connected device. Microsoft has also confirmed that the DVR functionality will not work without an external hard drive.

Microsoft and Seagate recently announced a partnership for a new 2TB external hard drive made specifically for Xbox One and Xbox 360.