More Schools Connect to ‘Xfinity on Campus’

Regis, Dartmouth, CSU Chico Get With Comcast’s IP Video Program (Updated)
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Comcast has signed up three more schools – Regis College, Dartmouth College and California State University, Chico – for Xfinity On Campus, a multiscreen, IP-based video service that’s designed for college students and offered on  Web browsers, tablets and smartphones.

Comcast has not commented on the deployment status for Xfinity on Campus for those three schools, but those partnerships build on the MSO’s existing deployments with Bridgewater College, Emerson College, Lasell College, Drexel University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, the University of Delaware, and the University of New Hampshire.

Among the latest additions, about 1,912 undergraduate and graduate students attend Weston, Mass.-based Regis, while Dartmouth has about 4,200 undergraduate students, and CSU Chico has approximately 17,287 students.

Correction: This story originally reported that Xfinity On Campus was to be offered at Regis University in Denver, not Regis College in the Boston area. The story has been updated to reflect the correct school. 

Not all of those will have access to Xfinity On Campus, which offered to students who live on-campus.

Following a trial period, Comcast launched Xfinity On Campus commercially last fall.

The IP-based platform is powered by Comcast’s cloud-based X1 platform, offering a mix of linear TV, VOD, premium channels, and sports package via the partner school’s managed campus WiFi  network. Students access it by logging in on Web browsers or the Xfinity On Campus app for iOS and Android devices. Comcast has also begun to extend support to several TV Everywhere apps, including WatchESPN, via its campus-tailored platform. Comcast has said it intends to pair the Xfinity On Campus with its new cloud DVR service as it extends that capability into additional regions.

Philo, a Boston-based startup, has developed a similar on-campus IP video platform and is working with dozens of universities, including Yale University, Fort Hays State University, University of Washington, Roanoke College, Harvard University, Wesleyan University, Pepperdine University, and William Patterson University of New Jersey. 

Cox Communications has developed a similar service, called Campus Connect, and has signed on Tulane University and Creighton University.

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