As the Olympics will be starting this week and with everyone wanting to watch or follow their favorite Olympians as they strive for a medal, I decided to contact Comcast to see what programs and services they were offering to their customers.
I invited Josh Chace the Marketing Specialist for the Greater Boston Region to discuss their Olympic offerings through Comcast Cable/Xfinity and NBC Universal. During the Olympics, Comcast designed and engineered a truly one-of-a-kind Olympics experience. It features a personalized NBC Olympics dashboard that seamlessly integrates live television, NBC Sports Live Extra online streaming content, athlete profiles and inspiring Olympic stories combined with unprecedented discovery, curation, and control that offers the ability to customize the viewing experience like never before via X1.
You can enjoy a Front Row to Rio that will unite all of NBCUniversal’s award-winning Olympics programming – including 1,000 hours of live coverage airing across 9 of NBCUniversal’s broadcast and cable networks, 650 hours of on demand programming and 4,500 hours of NBC Sports app streaming content – all in one place. Customers can access Front Row to Rio from the main menu (accessed by pressing the Xfinity key) or On Demand sections of the guide, under “TV” and “Sports.”
Good audio from the video link at the top of this page: http://corporate.comcast.com/olympics-2016-preview
Another good source of audio/video: http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/olympics-2016-xfinity-is-where-its-at
With so many live events happening throughout the day, Comcast has enhanced the main menu (accessed by pressing the Xfinity key) to offer secure, instant access to real-time Olympic coverage as well as Front Row to Rio, personalized content and even a peek into new tips and tricks on X1.
For the first time in the Olympic games at the Rio games, you will find the most comprehensive coverage of any event in sports history,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “For those who have a favorite sport or like to watch on a particular screen, this nearly 7,000-hour smorgasbord of sports excellence has you covered. We have combined all of the online streaming content from the NBC Sports Live Extra app and integrated it into the X1 experience for viewers to search efficiently, discover and tune.”
Viewers can favorite athletes, teams, and nations, providing a “bookmark” for quick and easily access via the For You section of Xfinity On Demand or the voice remote (e.g., “Show me my favorites”).
Each day, we will provide several tune-in notifications for marquee Olympic events that viewers won’t want to miss. Curated in partnership with NBC, Must See Moment notifications will happen in real-time. Customers can sign-up during the Olympic trials via the X1 sports app or Front Row to Rio.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will air on Friday, August 5, on NBC. Competition begins two days earlier on Wednesday, August 3, with women’s soccer on NBCSN and USA Network, and the Games conclude on Sunday, August 21, with the Closing Ceremony on NBC.
Want to sign up, Here’s How:
Customers can sign up for X1 and other Xfinity services by going to Xfinity.com, visiting a Xfinity Store or Comcast service center or calling 1-800-XFINITY to arrange for a professional install. The costs vary based on what you choose to have each month, but the key thing to note is that there is NO PRICE DIFFERENCE between X1 and the legacy video experience at Comcast.
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Josh Chace serves as a marketing specialist for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. In this role, Josh helps increase product awareness amongst customers and employees through a variety of initiatives, events and outreach methods. Josh has a huge passion for tech, sports (especially Spartan runs) and figuring out “what’s next” from a technology perspective while ensuring that Comcast provides a superior customer experience.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build a sophisticated network that delivers the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings.