This is not the TV Experience You're Looking For

Microsoft's Xbox One launch emphasised its ambition to sit at the centre of your living room, but if you were hoping it could free you from the existing cable/satellite prison then you'll be sadly disappointed:

The problem is that the Xbox One's TV integration is the same familiar nightmare we've known for nearly 20 years now. Instead of actually integrating with your TV service, the One sits on top of it: you plug your cable box's HDMI cable into the Xbox, which overlays the signal with its own interface. If you're lucky enough to own a newer cable box, you'll get to change channels directly through the HDMI connection, but most people will find themselves using the One's included IR blaster to control their cable or satellite boxes — a failure-prone one-way communication system that stubbornly refuses to die.