Enjoy Rio the Most in Minnesota via Comcast's X1 Service
Olympics fans should be lining up to get access to Comcast Xfinity's X1 service. In the Minneapolis St Paul area, your best bet is to contact The Connected Home who are authorized Comcast Store and can cut through the clutter and confusion you still sometimes get with Comcast's own Call Centers.
The big advantage Comcast now has its its amazing X1 service which fits right into today consumers viewing habits. With X1, you will be able to tailor your Olympics to the sports, countries and athletes you may be most interested in.
How Comcast created the ultimate Rio Olympics viewing experience for X1 customers | Entertainment | The Drum
... Strauss noted that the way people are consuming content has fundamentally changed –“people want what they want when they want it” – and Comcast has worked hard to meet new consumer demand and habits. Time shifting is a real phenomenon: 90 per cent of X1 customers use on demand every month, and nearly 50 per cent of all TV households have DVRs. Still, sports and other live events have been mostly immune to these trends, and with the Olympics capturing viewers attention for 17 straight days, Comcast saw a great opportunity to experiment with new features that would provide additional value to viewers during the Games, and also, as Strauss suggested, could be productized beyond the Olympics.
Comcast will prominently featuring the Rio Games on its X1 connected set-top platform, delivering all 4,500 hours of NBC Olympics programming — including events being streamed over the Internet — to customers on TV. The cable operator’s Olympics menu on X1 will display live events currently available, provide access to on-screen info with news and stats, and let viewers select their favorite athletes, events and countries to get alerts.
“This year, if you’re a Comcast X1 customer, the ability to customize your experience, watch the events you want, when you want to watch them, is unparalleled coverage,” said Dunkeson.
The Road to Rio homepage is accessible through the main menu that X1 customers already use. You can find live events to watch directly from there or you can search by athlete, sport and nation. What's more, you'll be able to add these people, teams and countries to a favorites list so you can more easily keep track of them -- not unlike a browser bookmark. Conversely, if you're just casually following the games and want to see nothing but the highlights, the platform will push "Must See Moments" notifications throughout the day whenever a marquee event is happening. You'll have to opt in for this feature, either through the NBC Sports App or through the Rio portal.
This may well be a watershed year for Comcast and the Olympics. It has invested heavily in its interactive X1 Service. The Olympic games with their multitude of simultaneous events is the perfect event to show the flexibility this system has.
Now we do not want to underplay the efforts by the satellite providers who are also going all out for this years event. But when it comes to offering the greatest diversity of coverage in the easiest to access format, we think Comcast is the right choice for the True Olympic fan. If that's you, you really should give us a quick call while we can still get you set up in advance of the games.
If the Olympics are not you cup of tea, give us a call anyway, We can help you decide which service is best for the type of internet, TV and phone and home security needs that you have.
We are The Connected Home and can help you choose the best option for your needs, whatever they are.
The Connected Home is looking froward to the opening of the new US Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis. While most of our customers will be seeing the stadium from the comfort of their homes, we hope they all get a chance to visit and enjoy the new stadium in person sometime in the near future.
The newly completed, not quite open US Bank Stadium will be featured in tens of thousands of hours of broadcast and Cable TV over the coming decades.
While tens of thousands will be sure to visit during this weeks open house, non will be allowed to walk on the stadiums artificial turf. Apparently that would be just too much for it to withstand.
But you can get some great insights into the look and feel of the new stadium from a recent twincities.com posting with many very nice photos:
The artificial turf on U.S. Bank Stadium's gridiron looks a lot like grass up close. (Pioneer Press: Julio Ojeda-Zapata)
A fish-eye view of the U.S. Bank Stadium bowl, with purple seating in the foreground. (Pioneer Press: Julio Ojeda-Zapata)
Downtown Minneapolis is reflected in U.S. Bank Stadium's exterior, as viewed through a fish-eye lens. All manner of Vikings-flavored artwork can be found throughout U.S. Bank Stadium. (Pioneer Press: Julio Ojeda-Zapata)
And that entertainment will reach beyond the Vikings...
ESPN's X Games will be held in Minneapolis in 2017 and 2018, with many of the events being held in the Minnesota Vikings' glittering new stadium, the network announced Wednesday.
In fact the stadium is destined to hold many more events that that...
If you think U.S. Bank Stadium is only for football, think again.
So whether you are a die hard Vikings Fan, or are into any number of other sport and entertainment niches, the New US Bank Stadium offers a sparkling new venue. But you needn't pay a dime for the pricey games that will be played there by their marquee tenant. You can watch them all from the comfort of your home. And if you used The Connected Home to assist you in setting up your Cable TV Service or Satellite TV system, you can be assured that you have the best service for your needs at the best possible price.
Skinny Bundles are a controversial subject in the US. But we think they are coming as people continue to shift through the wide range of services and options they have for entertainment. While their impact is at best uncertain, we can learn a little from the experience in Europe.
Research from Strategy Analytics has revealed that pay-TV prices remain stable in most countries with the new and increasingly popular stripped-down offerings driving cost down in select places.
Disney is Pro Skinny Bundles for its ESPN Content
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) continues to believe in the enduring value of ESPN. The company is pursuing a skinny bundle strategy for ESPN as millennials move away from pay-TV. In a bid to be a part of skinny bundles, early this month, Disney’s ESPN was added to Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation Vue service. Disney’s ESPN is also a part of Dish Network’s (DISH) Sling TV.
This is not the best idea of course from the Cable operators perspective. These smaller packages serve as another alternative to people being connected to cable.
When ESPN joined Dish Network’s Sling TV skinny bundle service in 2014, it did so with some reservations and some stipulations. But as it finds cord cutting more than just a disturbing fad, the Worldwide Leader not only finds that it’s welcoming skinny bundles and is looking to join more.
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