Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)
Tuning In to Student Needs
Xfinity on Campus allows students at the University of
Southern Mississippi to watch live TV and on-demand
content on thieir IP-enabled devices.
With a strong focus
on providing students
with the latest technology,
The University of Southern Mississippi is
ensuring that on-campus residents have the
strongest, most robust solution to support
their educational and entertainment needs.
Beginning this year, all residential units for
on-campus students, including fraternities,
sororities and residence halls, offer the
modern technology convenience of wireless
Internet alongside Xfinity On Campus (XOC).
XOC is a streaming service from
Comcast that allows students to watch live
TV and on-demand content on their IPenabled
devices, including laptops, tablets
and smartphones. XOC delivers approximately
80 live streaming channels, allows
students to watch and record two shows at
once with Cloud DVR and includes access
to thousands of current season TV shows
and hit movies via Xfinity On Demand.
While off-campus, residential students can
use their university username and password
to access online programming that is
included in their XOC subscription.
“The Xfinity On Campus IPTV (Internet
TV) streaming solution lines up well
with the university’s initiative to pivot with
changing trends in higher education,” says
Keith Hill, director of technology operations
and infrastructure. “Many students don’t
bring televisions to school anymore — they
stream content through portable devices.
Offering on-campus residents an amenity
like Xfinity On Campus helps to meet their
video needs and provide the best overall
college living experience.”
The University of Southern Mississippi
is the first school in Mississippi to offer
Xfinity On Campus to students. It is very
popular and well-received with the students,
and is already a big win for the school’s IT
department. “The Xfinity On Campus support
portal reduces the trouble calls to the
IT Help Desk, so we can spend time on more
strategic initiatives,” Hill says. On-campus
residents connect to the university’s network
to register and sign in to stream videos or
download the Xfinity TV app.
This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of College Planning & Management.