What if you Can’t Stream?
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Travel entertainment evolves! When I was young:
When I was little, and we used to travel in the summer, this is what I did in the car:
Or I fought with my brother or ate or listened to my parents BORING radio stations or looked out the window or got car sick from reading. I HATED TO TRAVEL. If you traveled by plane, you prayed that the movie would be something you hadn’t seen.
When my kids were young:
Summer travel amusement for my kids started out with a small TV that plugged into the cigarette lighter for car trips. Later on, our van had an onboard video which ran off of DVDs. Both had their limitations, including hauling around of videos and dvds, watching the same thing over and over, and batteries dying on headphones.
Media watching today with Xfinity
Families today, unlike my generation and my kids, have some incredible features and programming through Xfinity TV that work in the home and while on the go. I know my kids would have loved the ability to have more variety and not have to hassle with the limitations of devices of their day.
Now, young children and their families can watch media on a slew of devices (tablets, smart phones, traditional TV, smart TV, computer, smart devices). What I like best about my Xfinity account is the On Demand feature, where I can watch programs on TV that I want to watch, when I want to watch them. But recently, I have downloaded the Xfinity TV player app for my Android phone and Android smart camera and been amazed at the shows I could get and watch anywhere! (The app works on other smart device operating systems as well.)
Xfinity TV Player App great for trips with kids (and adults!)
We traveled to North Carolina, many times, when the kids were little to visit Bald Head Island. Going through the mountains, even today, your phone signal will drop or be very weak in quite a few areas. When you have the Xfinity TV Player App on your smart device not only can you stream and watch them on the device but you can also DOWNLOAD your favorite shows, so that you don’t use so much air time and your programming is available in situations where you can’t stream media (in the air, in dead spots, when your minutes have run out). With over 1000 downloadable family-friendly shows, as long as you have Xfinity Digital TV and Streampix subscriptions, you are set to go.
What kinds of kid friendly shows are available for watching or downloading?
Family friendly TV shows include popular shows like:
- Dora the Explorer
- Angry Birds Toons
- Sofia the First
- Phineas and Ferb
- Ben 10
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- The Chica Show
- Sid the Science Kid
- Lazy Town
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
And when you download Xfinity programming to your device with the Xfinity TV player app you never worry about a video cutting out while you or your child is watching it again.
BUT IT’S TOO HARD!!
Actually, NO, the technology of the Xfinity TV Player App is not hard at all! Head over to Xfinity and you can see a great slideshow to show you just how easy it is !
But my kids (or teens) will be watching inappropriate material!
Nope, wrong again. When my kids were young, there was very little to keep them from surfing into unsafe territory except for threats and keeping the computer in dining room facing out, so we could look at the screen at any time. But now, Xfinity has some amazing parental controls that lets you block adult content and even choose age appropriate content for your child. If you head to Comcast’s parental controls microsite, Xfinity.com/parents you can find all kinds of information of what Xfinity has to offer in terms of parental controls and advice including:
- Videos on how to restrict access to Xfinity TV content
- Chat with expert Dr. Rich, MD, MPH, founder of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH)
- Suggetested ways to protect your children while on mobile devices, TV, or internet
Based on my experience I would definitely set the parental controls and set them HIGH! Boys will be Boys, if you know what I mean, so don’t hesitate to be tough.