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NU students to get streaming video without the TV

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Northwestern University and Comcast announced today that students living on campus will be able to stream live TV and "streamaing video" content starting this fall directly to their computers, laptops and mobile devices via Wi-Fi in their dorms and across campus — without a television set.

Northwestern is the first university in the Midwest that will offer the “Xfinity On Campus” service.

At Northwestern, the service will include more than 130 live TV channels, including every major broadcast network, as well as cable channels including ESPN, The Big Ten Network, Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports, AMC, Comedy Central and MTV.

In addition, participating students will be able to access content on several programmers’ websites and mobile apps, ranging from WatchESPN to FXNOW.

“’Xfinity On Campus’ is a great benefit for students who live on campus,” said Paul Riel, Northwestern’s executive director of residential services.

“It fits with students’ lifestyles — they can watch live TV content in their rooms and on campus, as well as gain access to programming when they’re off campus."

"Another benefit," Riel said in a statement, "is that they do not have to buy or bring TVs, so they will not have to give up precious space in their rooms or disturb their roommates when they want to watch a program.”  

David Williams, vice president of sales and marketing for Comcast’s greater Chicago region, said, “More and more students are streaming and downloading content and taking it on the go.”

In addition to all the live TV and “On Demand” choices, participating students will be able to upgrade their service and gain access to premium channels, including the NFL Network, HBO, Showtime and STARZ.

Williams added that in the coming months, participating students will be able to access the “Xfinity On Demand” library on the go using the “Xfinity TV Go” app for Android and iOS devices. The “On Demand” library includes current seasons of thousands of TV shows and hit movies.

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