Live and on demand streaming services are all the new rage in this digital era. Cutting the cord is the new fad with VOD and live streaming becoming increasingly popular. A trend that was kick-started by Netflix long ago now sees new services getting on board each year, some more exciting than the previous, and others not as much. And of course, ready access to the internet is the driving force behind this, as well as many other forms of entertainment today. But what does this introduction of on-demand and live streaming platforms mean for cable TV?
As unbelievable as it sounds, cable TV is still one of the top ways Americans access in-home entertainment. While the on-demand streaming services have put a damper on its prized spot in homes across the U.S., nearly 2/3 of the population still looks to Cable for entertainment. And one big reason is the hi-tech face-lift Cable has received courtesy all the advanced innovation - and endeavor which has been led by Comcast.
As a new Xfinity TV subscriber, you are thus in for a revamped Cable experience.
The Xfinity X1 is one of the best “entertainment operating systems” out there. Together with the Xfinity Voice Remote, it helps you find ways to make your in-home entertainment regime as flexible as you may perceive it to be with a streaming service. While for the tech-savvy, it is much easier to get comfortable with a new OS or interface, others may take their own sweet time to before they can make the most of X1 features.
Here are a couple of things that may help you get to know your new Xfinity X1 TV:
Watching sports is fun. With Xfinity TV plans giving you many bells and whistles to enjoy TV entertainment the way you prefer, it can be more fun.
The unique X1 platform integrates ease and technology in a handful of engaging options. You not only get quick access to all your favorite entertainment options, but many other enhanced features. Search for anything you want or use the award-winning Xfinity remote and have the most convenient experience possible. And as a sports fan, you must make the most of the Sports Zone.
The Sports Zone on X1 gives you ready access to the entire menu of sports programs available to you in your Xfinity TV package. And as we said earlier, you can customize it for your favorite teams. Set your favorites, and X1 will give you content selected based on the teams you follow, what you prefer to watch, and what is trending in your area. Get groovy suggestions for what you can watch next. You can also set up reminders, and get daily stats. Sports featured on the Sports Zone include Soccer, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, and more.
As for every sports fan’s go-to network ESPN, the Xfinity TV channel lineup includes it in both the mid-tier and top-tier packages. Unless you’re subscribed to Choice TV with access to popular broadcast TV networks only, you’ll be able to tune into all the exciting programming on ESPN.
In your Xfinity channel lineup you’ll also find many ESPN sister channels. For instance ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and ESPNU. The mid-tier lineup however does not carry ESPNEWS or ESPNU. For these you’ll have to upgrade to the higher tier. ESPN Deportes is also available with the higher tier, and access maybe subject to location.
As for channel numbers, cable network numbers do tend to vary from on service provider to another, as well as the region you are in. So until you are up to speed with the ins and outs of the X1, you may find it a little cumbersome. For now take a look, here are the numbers for ESPN channel on Xfinity in different service locations. Click here and put your address to use, if you don’t find your hometown listed below:
|City/State||ESPN Channel#||ESPN2 Channel#||ESPNEWS Channel#||ESPNU Channel#||ESPN Deportes Channel#|
|San Ramon, CA||38/724/1205/21600||39/725/1206/21700||402/726/1210/22600||420/788/1301/23500||619/678/1231/23400|
ESPN is staple network in any sports-loving American home, giving you direct access to the best and the latest from the world of U.S. sports. Over the years ESPN has put forth many memorable programs, some of which are running even today. If you have been out of touch with ESPN programming lately, here are some popular favorites you can tune in to catch up:
Follow your favorite leagues - be it NFL, NHL, NBA, or MLS. Or tune into the latest from the world of Baseball, Boxing, Soccer, Tennis, Golf and so much more. Stay in the loop of trends, vote for your favorite players, or indulge in a little “fantasy football” every now and then. ESPN is a dream come true for people who love sports through and through.
Xfinity TV sprinkles just the right amount of magic on your cable experience bringing it to life. As you spend more time with X1, you’ll come to enjoy the conventional charm of cable television with a dash of modern aura. And hopefully, it will keep you from cord-cutting.
You can always get a streaming subscription on top of your TV plan. And if you are currently a TV-only subscriber, you can bundle it with fast Xfinity Internet that supports your streaming activity as well. Bundles with Xfinity give you more value. Not to mention, the range of high-speed internet tiers that are available with Xfinity. This way your internet and TV needs are met under one roof and on one bill. Consider upgrade options with Xfinity internet and TV bundles for an all-around experience!
The channel number for ESPN on Xfinity varies by area. For instance in Denver, Colorado you can tune into channel number 34 or 668 for HD. On the other hand, in San Ramon, CA, you’ll have to tune into channel number 38 or 724 for HD.
The Xfinity TV service does offer local broadcast TV networks in all its channel packages. You can tune into ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW, PBS as well as other over-the-air networks like HSN, C-SPAN, MeTV, Cozi TV, Court TV, and QVC.
Xfinity offers TV plans cut out for different budgets and viewing preferences. There is a basic lineup with the Choice Double Play (TV & Internet) offered in all service regions. And also mid and top-tier TV plans with 125+ and 185+ networks, which include local broadcast TV as well as popular Cable favorites.
The number for the ESPN channel on Xfinity in Houston, Texas, is 33 and for HD you’ll need to tune into 633.
For the ESPN channel on Xfinity in Abingdon, Virginia, you’ll need to tune into channel number 29 or 403 for HD.
For the ESPN channel on Xfinity in Bristol, Connecticut, tune into channel number 29 or 1205 for HD.
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