One of our favorite family traditions with the kids involves watching holiday movies of every sort. From The Grinch to the Care Bears Christmas, we love settling in with the kids in our laps to watch together under a snuggly blanket. Usually there’s a good selection of films broadcast across the cable networks throughout December, but sometimes we get an inkling to watch something that’s not readily available.
Streaming apps offer some selection, but more often than not, it is too much work to set it up on our TV. We’re still pretty old school, in that we don’t have a smart TV yet, so we have to hook up external hardware in order to have that option.
I will admit, until recently, my husband refused to even pay for cable. We made do watching shows and films on our computers, which wasn’t that much fun, if I’m honest. It was only when I suggested the X1 system from Comcast that my techie husband finally agreed. We just moved into our beautiful new home last month, just in time for the Christmas season!
The X1 has been nothing short of awesome since we got it. With a voice control remote, it makes it SO easy to go to our favorite channels without having to remember their numbers. The kids have even learned how to press the microphone button and ask for whatever they want. And not just channels, either! While Dexter may demand the remote to take him to Disney Jr, more often than not, they just mention a subject. Right now, he’s all about all things Christmas. He just presses that button, says “Christmas,” and he’s taken to a selection of films, shows, and other programs. He then looks for a title (or rather the picture) that he likes, and off he goes to watch something new.
The absolute best thing about the voice commands is that you don’t have to learn special language. Just ask for what you want. Ask for recommendations. The X1 understands plain English, and it’s intuitive enough to make recommendations if it’s not entirely sure. You can search for specific shows, channels, actors, categories and more!
I love that we can use the On Demand feature to find our favorite programs. There’s the option to immediately stream something we want to watch, or we can set it to record a program we don’t want to miss. We can even rent or buy our favorite films, which is perfect for when we want to show the kids something that isn’t available right away.
A few weeks ago, we had a housewarming party with a ton of friends over to watch a particular football game. It happened to be the same night as a Pay Per View UFC fight that people wanted to see. As we only had one X1 box, we couldn’t see both, so my husband hooked up his computer to a second TV, and he streamed the fight over the internet so people could choose which screen to watch! Everyone was amazed at how well it streamed. No buffering or quality issues at all.
I will say right now that Xfinity on X1 has changed the way we watch television. It has changed the way we spend family time! The DVR feature allows us to watch things in our own time in whatever way we want – on our TV, on our phones, on a computer – and we can even set up a series recording through our phones!
But one of the things I REALLY love is the XFINITY Share feature, where we can stream directly from our phones to an X1 TV or to anyone who uses the Share app! Since my entire family lives on the other side of the country, it’s a great way of keeping in touch and sharing our favorite moments.
Christmas Eve is going to be amazing. Through the years, we’ve created a tradition of watching holiday specials together as a family, and I have spent a lot of time lately choosing which programs to record, ready for the big day! I know it’s going to be something the kids will treasure.
This weekend, you can head out and get a live demo of XFINITY® on the X1 Entertainment Operating System®, a one-of-a-kind interactive TV experience, at the Salt Lake City store (12179 South State St Draper, UT 84095). Come see what all the fuss is about!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of XFINITY. The opinions and text are all mine.