Tuesday, June 30, 2020

New Summer Discoveries with Comcast New England

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Comcast New England #ad

In the wake of current events, staying connected online has been important now so more than ever so when my friends at Comcast New England invited me and a few other local influencers to learn about the latest offerings from Xfinity I was excited to learn more. It was a mini-reunion of sorts!

We discussed how Xfinity is showcasing diversity, exciting programming on Peacock (including some throwback shows!), and as parents, we learned how it's helping us with our kids with virtual summer school offerings. 

So much more ahead...

The theme of our evening was Rose All Day and a special delivery from Drizly kicked things off right:

With current events surrounding racism and the increased interest in diversity efforts, it was especially meaningful to have Jackie Gadsden, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion & Customer Experience at Comcast, as a special guest on our call. Comcast recently announced its $100 million multiyear plan to advance social justice and equality. Specifically, they have partnered with, and provide significant grants to, organizations working to eradicate injustice and inequity, including but not limited to the National Urban League, the Equal Justice Initiative, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Action Network and the Community Justice Action Fund.

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Another highlight that as an 80s baby I found especially exciting was Peacock, which has been available since April 15th as a preview for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers): and will launch nationally across multiple platforms on July 15th. However, advantage Xfinity customers as X1 and Flex customers will continue to get Peacock Premium ($4.99/m value) included at no additional cost! Peacock Premium offers 15,000+ hours of the blockbuster and classic movies and series from NBCUniversal and beyond. Exploring Peacock with my family I was came across retro shows like Care Bears! It's been fun watching my kids' reactions to "old school" cartoons.

As we continue to work from home and most likely continue distance learning into the fall, staying connected AND having a reliable, consistent connection continues to be important. Between myself, husband and kids we often had 6 devices dependent on the Wi-Fi at any given time. As Xfinity customers we value the capacity of their network and it was mind-boggling to learn at the peak of the surge, in March and April, they saw traffic increase over 30 percent and as high as 60 percent in some areas, videoconferencing jumped as much as 285 percent and Wi-Fi use increased 36 percent among their Xfinity Mobile customers.

Speaking of distance learning, be sure to check out the Summer School offerings on Xfinity. Camp closures meant up to 11 million U.S. kids could miss out on summer fun so they created Camp Tonsafun. Starting July 13, say "Summer camp" to join NBCUniversal stars teaching music, sports, science, cooking, and more. Keeping up with learning is so important for kids to avoid the infamous "summer slump," so I especially appreciate the programming line-up.

Thank you Xfinity for a fun, informative night, and I'm looking ahead to a well-connected summer!