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Tuning In to Student Needs

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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.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of College Planning & Management.

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