X1 Customers Will Soon be Able to Access NPR One’s Award-Winning Programming That Includes Local and National News and Popular Podcasts Directly on the TV by Saying “NPR” Into the X1 Voice Remote
PHILADELPHIA, PA and WASHINGTON D.C. – March 7, 2018 – Comcast and National Public Radio (NPR) today announced the launch of the NPR One app on Xfinity X1, enabling X1 customers to access NPR’s growing library of news, talk and music programs with a unique lean-back experience that can be personalized to their specific tastes, locale and routines – directly on the TV.
Rolling out to capable X1 set-top boxes in the coming weeks, all programming will be accessible over the internet by just saying “NPR” into the X1 Voice Remote. NPR content also will be integrated into Xfinity on Demand menus, appearing alongside related content including news, music and more.
“We continue to focus on putting people’s favorite content and experiences on a single platform, Xfinity X1,” said Nancy Spears, Vice President of Strategy and Execution, Comcast Cable. “NPR has created a very personal listening experience with the NPR One app and we look forward to giving longstanding and new fans the ability to access the public radio programming they want directly on the TV, with just the sound of their voice.”
“Every day, people are finding new ways to listen to public radio,” said Joel Sucherman, Senior Director of Digital Products at NPR. “NPR One feels right at home on X1, bringing the best local and national news, along with your favorite podcasts, in a personalized experience that gets smarter the more you listen.”
Customers will be able to enjoy and customize their NPR One experience on X1 by:
- Saying “NPR” or “NPR One” into the voice remote to launch the app, or accessing it directly via the apps menu on X1. Forthcoming features will include the ability to call up a specific NPR program or podcast by name or topic by saying, for example, “Show me Ask Me Another on NPR One;” “Planet Money on NPR One;” “Show me Up First on NPR One;” or “Show me NPR Politics.”
- Following the initial roll out, finding relevant NPR programming alongside related news, music and more within Xfinity On Demand.
- Signing in and building a personalized and localized experience just by listening to and interacting with the programming. Customers can also access content from their local NPR Member Station via the NPR One app on X1.
NPR One will join other popular internet apps including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and iHeartRadio on the X1 platform.