Xfinity Remote Reviews: You’ve spent so much time watching the same TV over and over again that it becomes numb. It’s simply time to channel flip to a new channel and start enjoying the life you’ve always dreamed of. Some of you remember the days when a television remote could differentiate between different cable channels. The thought of the option “apples to apples” was exciting, but the reality is that it rarely worked. Even less so in the digital era when everyone seems to be on the same phone, social media accounts, and the same streaming apps. Your cable and TV provider’s voice-activated remote was just like the past-it felt far too much like barking at your computer screen.
Xfinity’s New Remote
Everyone’s favorite cable company (they tend to go up against Comcast in the industry, BTW) redesigned their remote control this past summer and the final design promises to improve things over even their previous iterations. Most notable is its ability to distinguish between different cable channels by detecting programming, rather than selecting a channel as you’ve always done.
Below is a brief overview of the new Xfinity remote and how it compares to the existing one.
Key Features of the Xfinity Remote
- Now that your remote knows what channel you’re watching it can also recommend related content to you.
- Control your AV equipment at home such as gaming systems, smart TVs, and Blu-ray players as well as certain features on the Xbox One.
- It can be programmed to work with iOS and Android devices to record your favorite shows and movies.
- Find and control your favorite Xfinity services such as Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon, and YouTube.
- Allow you to put the remote away when it’s time to walk out the door.
- The remote can also track your dog or cat via GPS.
Is it Any Good?
I’m going, to be honest, here, I don’t really care about my remote control. I’m a couch potato. No big deal. So why the big deal with this? That probably has something to do with Apple TV’s new tvOS software, which has changed the games for the TV remote control, making “watch TV” a much more personal experience.
Xfinity remote advantages
From my perspective, Xfinity’s new remote has such a wealth of features that it has more to offer. At a better price point than Apple TV or any of its competitors. It’s sleek, compact, and very simple to use. It’s intuitive and guides you along each step to make you remember what to do next.
If you’re considering getting a new remote, this is the one to consider. However, I don’t recommend getting one that costs more than $50 or so, especially with its limited features. If you want the best, try purchasing a Pebble Smartwatch or the recently announced one from Indiegogo, that’s where you can get one that works for your needs.
While it is considered a good idea to buy a complete box from the manufacturer, you’ll get more work out of a basic remote. And that’s a good thing because it was close to impossible to move your remote from your other devices without a power cord. There’s also the matter of buying a new remote. But you’ll have to factor in how much it is to your cable provider and how much you want to spend on it. It could be worth it.