Benedictine University has joined a growing list of schools that have signed on for Xfinity On Campus, Comcast’s IP-based multiscreen video service for college students, according to the offering’s Web site.
Benedictine University’s main campus is in Lisle, Ill. According to the school’s fact sheet, it had 6,318 total University enrollments as of October 2013, with 721 students living on campus.
Powered by Comcast’s cloud-based X1 platform, Xfinity On Campus was launched commercially last fall, offering a blend of linear TV, VOD, premium channels, and sports package via the partner school’s managed campus WiFi network to PC browsers and apps for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Students use their university credentials to sign on to the service when they are connected to the campus network. Students can also use their credentials to access several supported TV Everywhere apps, including WatchESPN.
Other schools that have launched or are planning to launch Xfinity On Campus include: Carnegie Mellon University, Sonoma State, Saint Michael’s College, Yale University, Morehouse College, Tennessee State University; Loyola University Maryland; Goucher College; Rider University; Regis College; Dartmouth College; California State University, Chico; Bridgewater College; Emerson College; Lasell College; Drexel University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Northwestern University; the University of Delaware; and the University of New Hampshire.
Others that have developed IP-fueled video offerings tailored for universities and colleges include Philo, a startup that landed a $10 million “B” round of funding earlier this year, and Cox Communications, which has developed a product called Campus Connect.