During their press conference at Gamescom 2015, Microsoft announced a subscription-free DVR service for the Xbox One. This service will feature free over-to-air broadcast recording, which can be done in the background. Quality will not suffer either, as recordings will have the same quality as the broadcast (this includes 1080p).
It gets better. Users can schedule recordings from their SmartGlass app or Windows 10 device. The Xbox One must be in instant-on mode for this to work, however. The user can then stream the recording to their respective devices mentioned before.
There are conditions for this feature, however. The user will need a digital TV tuner (which Microsoft and a third-party vendor sells). And secondly, the user must use an external hard drive.
Conveniently, Microsoft just unveiled a 2TB hard drive, which you can learn more about in Major Nelson’s blog.
The Xbox One DVR feature is set to release in 2016, subscription-free.