This semester, West Chester University became one of four area universities to offer their students living on campus free streaming on any devices with Xfinity On Campus.
With Xfinity on Campus, students can sign up to access 80-plus television channels in real time, stream their favorite movies and shows and record on their DVR from a laptop, phone or any other handheld device.
“This is the type of video service that students are looking for,” said Jennifer Bilotta, the Northeast Director of Public Relations at Comcast.
Similar to Netflix and Hulu, Xfinity On Campus streams shows and movies at the touch of a button, but this new offering could give those pricey subscription-based services a run for their money.
“Students now have the option of choosing what to watch, when to watch it, and how to watch it.”
Comcast pitches the program all over the country, and many schools choose to add the program into their students’ on campus living experience.
“We offer the program to schools across the country and WCU hopped on board,” Bilotta added. “It shows how open WCU and the other local schools are to offering their students this new and exciting offering.”
Xfinity On Campus was launched in 2014 after Comcast noticed a shift in the way millennials watch television. According to a digital democracy survey, about three quarters of millennials stream TV shows or movies on devices at least once a month. This semester, 36 new schools across the country joined the program.
Among them are Northeastern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Temple University. The University of Delaware, Drexel University, and Rider University were already signed on.
If a student wishes to gain access to premium or international channels, it is an additional $9.95 a month per channel. In addition, they have added a cloud DVR at no additional cost, giving students the option to record up to 20 hours of shows.
To start streaming, all you have to do is visit xfinityoncampus.com, search for “West Chester University,” log in using your WCU ID and password, and click the “Start Watching” button.
Sunny Morgan is a second-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at SM848270@wcupa.edu. Her Twitter is @SunnyMorgan97.