The XFINITY home page has undergone something of a facelift in the past few years. Comcast has been very busy rebranding itself as XFINITY, so this facelift should come as no surprise. The XFINITY page is completely separate from, and should not be mistaken for, the Comcast corporate homepage. Although they are the same company, the two pages couldn’t be any different. On the Comcast page you’ll find mostly blog content and information about Comcast, the corporate entity.
On the XFINITY home page, you’ll be introduced to everything XFINITY, that is, the part of the corporation that delivers mostly Cable TV and Internet service to customers.
The XFINITY Home Page
When you first surf over to the XFINITY home page, down the center column you’re presented with some of what’s trending in news and current events, with teaser intros and links to the stories. The left pane lets you log into your XFINITY account and make changes to your account, monitor your XFINITY Home Security and automation system, and control your DVR, among other functions.
The right-hand pane gives you programming information and lets you know what is trending in the TV world (Example: In the screenshot to the right, you can see that “The Walking Dead” is one of the five most searched shows online.) The right pane is self-explanatory, but let’s take a closer look at the rest of the page.
A Closer Look at the Left-Hand Pane
As I stated above, the left frame of the XFINITY home page browser window gives you access to your account. From top to bottom, you’ll find the following:
- Your location and the current temperature
- The option to sync the homepage with your account
- Access to your account: email, voice and text messaging, home security and control
- DVR manager
- OnDemand listings and help
- TV listings
- Your watchlist
- A link to Constant Guard™
- Any current sales or bundles you’re eligible for
- The date and your appointments calendar
- Links to FAQs, customer support and password reset functions
These are all pretty self-explanatory except the Constant Guard™ link. This is a free service/download for XFINITY Internet customers to help you remain safe online. It works on all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) and, in my opinion its best features are secure storage for your passwords and single-click login to secure sites. However, it’s a Norton product and, while they have improved their image over the past few years, I still find it very difficult to recommend even though it’s free. You get what you pay for and “caveat emptor” definitely applies. For Internet security purposes, I use Kaspersky Internet Security or ESET Smart Security. Both are subscription-based, but much better than the Norton product and well worth the investment.
Down the Center Column on the Page
You want news and entertainment? By coming to the XFINITY home page, you’ve come to the right place. Once you sync the homepage to your account, you’re presented with national and local news stories, as well as entertainment industry news, mostly pertaining to your favorite shows.
The first item you’ll see is their pick for top news/infotainment story at the moment. You’ll then have the option to watch some short clips of your favorite shows. Below that is what I consider to be the meat of the page: The main news, sports, money, lifestyle, and entertainment industry news stories.
The bottom of the center column presents a mix of options. When I visited the site I could choose to learn how to save money on auto insurance, check out some of the new cars being introduced, play trivia games, or learn about the XFINITY mobile apps, to name just a few of the options.
The Very Bottom of the Page
The very bottom of the page. This is usually the section of the page that most people ignore, not realizing how much meat and potatoes are actually right there, alleviating your need to dig for them. The information presented here is separated into six columns:
- XFINITY Dating, entertainment, games, and jobs (an XFINITY-sponsored job board), among others
- XFINITY TV: This gives you access to parental controls, mobile apps, watchlist (basically, your personalized XFINITY)
- XFINITY Connect: Your address book, email, calendar, and messaging center
- XFINITY Home: Shopping services, web portal for subscribers, mobile app, and support options
- Add a Channel: This link allows you to quickly and easily add premium channels like HBO and SHOWTIME
- Support & Services: Access to careers with Comcast, Constant Guard, Mover’s info page, bill pay, and other support options
The bottom line is that if you’re a customer or thinking about becoming a customer, the XFINITY home page is something you should become familiar with, as it is a very helpful resource.