Boston College today announced the launch of Xfinity On Campus, a service that lets its students watch live TV, On Demand and recorded content on their IP-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones. The service is included with room and board for students living in on-campus housing.
Xfinity On Campus offers more than 100 live channels, including every major broadcast network, as well as channels like AMC, Bravo, Comedy Central, ESPN, FX and MTV through Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app and portal. The service also includes access to thousands of current season TV shows and hit movies via Xfinity On Demand.
“Increasingly, we see our students using mobile devices across our campus. The Xfinity On Campus service will help our students stay connected with the latest news and information available on their mobile devices on campus,” said Michael Bourque, Vice President of Information Technology Services (ITS) at Boston College. “Students depend on technology and they have an expectation that it will be nearly ubiquitous and reliable. Technology is a large part of their living-learning experience at Boston College in their academic work, and in enjoying access to news, entertainment and information as a community as well.”
“With today’s announcement, Boston College joins a distinguished list of area colleges and universities offering this unique service to its on-campus students,” said Steve Driscoll, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. “Students can now turn their mobile devices into a television, enabling them to easily view their favorite live content on the go, anytime. We hope BC students enjoy it on across campus and beyond.”
Driscoll also noted that BC joins 20 schools in the region – from the UMASS system to St. Anselm’s in New Hampshire – whose students are also benefitting from Xfinity on Campus.
Students can also upgrade their Xfinity On Campus accounts to include a selection of premium channels, including Showtime and STARZ, as well as the Sports Entertainment Package, which includes popular channels like ESPN Goal Line.
And, earlier this month, Comcast announced a summary of aggregated viewing data associated with its Xfinity on Campus service that shows live is the preferred method of viewing for college students, followed by video on demand, and then DVR. Students also prefer viewing on laptops over mobile devices and in particular during primetime on Thursday and Sunday.
Xfinity On Campus is easy and cost-effective for a university’s IT department to maintain. To register for the service, students can visit http://comca.st/2xpHZQL, type in their school name and authenticate with their student user name and password. Once registered, students can watch their programming anytime by downloading the Xfinity Stream app or by visiting https://comca.st/2NWTxXC and logging in with their student credentials.