We've been Comcast customers for as long as we've lived in Maryland (which is quite awhile). And I didn't think much about our cable service until a few months ago, when our old cable box quietly stopped working. When the replacement arrived, I was surprised to see a fancy new display that didn't look a thing like our old cable, and so I did what any reasonable person would do: I avoided using it because it looked confusing and complicated, and I didn't really have time to sit down and figure it out.
Recently, Comcast and XFINITY invited me and several other local bloggers to their Silver Spring store to learn about XFINITY's latest offerings.
Photo courtesy of XFINITY
Friends, you better believe I accepted that invitation in the hopes that I would go home knowing how to work that fancy cable box. Not only did I learn how to work my TV again, I also learned about XFINITY's latest high-tech offerings, which go so far beyond the cable, internet, and DVR you may be thinking of when you hear the name XFINITY.
The woman who led my group in our first demo said XFINITY's goal in creating new services is to make things simple, easy, and awesome, and that really became the theme for the evening. XFINITY is making life at home simple, easy, and awesome with XFINITY Home.
XFINITY Home is part high-tech peace of mind, part household helper. Wish you could turn off that lamp you left on downstairs without getting out of bed? Wish you could do that when you're miles away from home on vacation because you just now remembered you left that darn lamp on? With a few clicks, XFINITY Home lets you do just that.
It can also help busy parents monitor when kids leave and arrive home from school when cameras are added to the package. XFINITY Home also works with equipment from companies such as Nest and August, and more partnerships are in the works.
The fancy new box that perplexed me for longer than I'd like to admit is XFINITY's X1, which is so much more than just a DVR and cable box. Want to restrict your kids to family-friendly fare? Welcome to Kid Zone, where you can find children's programming paired with Common Sense Media ratings and reviews to help you decide which shows are right for your family.
Sports fans can access a wide range of stats right on the screen, and those stats update in real time as games progress. My husband is a huge fan of this feature!
Love movies but can't decide what to watch? X1 lets you search by actor and by many popular movie quotes. Using the incredibly awesome new voice command remote that pairs with the X1 box, you can speak into the remote and watch the results pop up onscreen. In our demo, "you can't handle the truth!" produced both A Few Good Men and a round of applause. At home, both of my children (ages 4 and 7) have delighted in calling out their favorite shows and watching them appear on the screen.
I left the XFINITY event amazed at the range of products the company offers and ready to take advantage of the features on the box I once dismissed as "too tricky." Each of the bloggers I chatted with that evening said they had no idea XFINITY was so much more than cable, and at least a few left with appointments to upgrade or add services.
If you're interested in learning more, connect with XFINITY online here!
Disclosure: Comcast Beltway and XFINITY invited me to a special blogging event to learn more about their product offerings in the DC area. I received a tablet and a gift bag in exchange for my honest opinions. #xfinitymoms #ad