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ABOUT LAST NIGHT (AND HOW TO WIN A FREE NEST THERMOSTAT!)

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Last night I co-hosted the first ever Boston-area #XfinityMoms event with Comcast Greater Boston.  I was responsible for securing powerhouse bloggers and influencers in the parenting space and Comcast had as all in for Cocktails and Conversation to learn about the new Xfinity features.  These are the times when I really love my job.  Not only did I get to meet the passionate and talented team behind Comcast Greater Boston, I got to chat with my colleagues and let them in on a little secret: the new X1 platform and how it can help in our daily lives.  People can be as opinionated with their TV services as as they are with their airline carriers.  Some have had negative experiences with customer service while others refuse to pay seemingly too-high prices for “package deals.”  Say what you will, after meeting with this team, I have become a lifelong Comcast customer.  I learned so much last night.  Little things – like the ability to schedule a callback so you don’t wait over the phone for help and big things – like investing more than $300 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital literacy initiatives nationally.  The newly designed Xfinity stores are simple gorgeous.  It reminded me of being in an Apple store but with comfortable couches and huge TV’s.  I kinda wanted to move in.  (To find a store near you go here.)

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Here’s what you need to know about X1:

  • If you are currently a Comcast customer and don’t have a voice-activated remote you must get one because a) they are so cool and b) they are free.  You can search and navigate TV with your voice (and even search for a movie with a movie quote!) “As IF.”
    The Comcast Labs where products are displayed and demonstrated at the Comcast Center seen Monday October 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When the 2nd Comcast Tower is complete the building will become the tallest building in Philadelphia, topping the first Comcast Center by 150 Feet. ( Jeff Fusco/AP Images for Comcast )Pick up voice remotes for your X1 at any Xfinity store for free.
  • Here’s my new friend Josh demonstrating that you can show live-feed from your phone onto someone else’s TV.  That means you can be in Disney World with your kids filming the fireworks while your parents watch the delight in their grandchild’s eyes, real-time.  No seriously, there’s an app for that with Comcast.  
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  • KIDSZONE was definitely the most “Ooh and Ahhed” segment of the night.  Josh showed us that this is a safe and secure (and included in your X1 package!) for kids to independently explore their favorite content and discover new programming.  The idea came from a Comcast co-worker who was looking to  have the kids un-supervised in the TV area for a bit.  CommonSense Media (one of my favorite websites if you don’t already know about it!) is integrated into the ratings and reviews directly into the TV so it helps parents determine what content is appropriate for different ages.  Read my thoughts on TV watching, “Tales From The TV” here.
  • We have home security set up through Comcast as well.  When we first moved to the suburbs I was more nervous than living in the city.  In Boston we lived in high-rise buildings with codes or doormen. In the ‘burbs – not so much.  An alarm system was a must for me.  After calling another company and being almost charged $5000 for install and service I decided to bundle everything together with Comcast.  I pay $19 a month and the set up was not much more than that either.  (Psst: Right now they are running a special that offers free set up and devices like indoor/outdoor cameras so check it out.)
  • I love that my door beeps whenever it’s open through Comcast home security.  I know exactly when my daughter goes to play out back or when my son wants to run out to try and catch a bunny in the yard.  When they are older, I’ll know exactly what time they come home from school – they can even wave to me in the camera.  We learned last night that a Comcast employee watched his son take his first steps through the Xfinity home system while traveling for work.  That’s a magical little system if you ask me.

I’m so pleased to be affiliated with a great company and lead the Boston #XfinityMom tribe.  After the event we chatted about our jobs, kids, and even exchanged pregnancy tips and labor and delivery stories.  Thanks to Comcast for continuing to help our village!

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I’m giving away a free NEST Thermostat (A $300 value) courtesy of Comcast Greater Boston! Hop on over to Twitter tag and follow @KristinQuinnMom and @ComcastNewEng with hashtag #XfinityMoms telling us you need one!

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I partnered with Comcast Greater Boston on this post. Opinions are all my own.

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