Comcast said Xfinity On Campus, its multiscreen, managed IPTV service for college students, has been deployed by more than 100 colleges and universities as students return for the fall semester.
Comcast said the updated crop of college and universities represents a 60% increase over last year’s total. Last fall, Comcast announced it had added 36 schools to the Xfinity On Campus program.
New schools joining the mix are Albertus Magnus College, Florida State University, Indiana University Bloomington, Penn State’s University Park, Santa Clara University, Stockton University, UMass Lowell, University of Minnesota, University of New Mexico, and Wesleyan University, among others.
Comcast launched Xfinity On Campus commercially about three years ago. It’s designed for students living in on-campus housing, but the service also supports authenticated TV Everywhere apps for off-campus viewing. Per the XoC site, the service’s cloud DVR offers 20 hours of storage and lets students record and watch up to two shows at once. Like the regular X1 service, XoC also lets students download DVR-recorded programs for offline viewing.
Xfinity On Campus, a platform that uses Comcast’s cloud-based X1 platform, has also tacked on support for Roku players, expanding on support for web browsers and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Comcast and Roku launched a beta version of an app for Comcast’s residential subscribers in January.
“The Xfinity On Campus service provides our residential students with on demand and streaming capabilities comparable to what many of them have at home from their cable providers,” Robert Heinrich, chief information officer at Stockton University, said in a statement. “It is a wonderful offering that contributes to enhancing their entertainment experience outside of the classroom, making it more enjoyable.”