If you’re a Comcast Xfinity TV customer with premium network tastes, but a basic cable budget, you can catch up on Game of Thrones, True Detective and more during Comcast’s Watchathon Week. The event, which runs through April 6, features more than 5,000 On Demand episodes from 130 series featured on 48 premium, cable and broadcast networks. Information: Xfinity.com/watchathon.
Comcast has extended its Internet Essentials, a program that provides Internet
service for $9.95 a month, along with the options to purchase an Internet-ready
computer for less than $150 and get digital literacy training. To qualify,
households must be in areas where Comcast offers service, have at least one
public, private, parochial or home-school student eligible for the National
School Lunch Program and meet other guidelines. Information:
www.InternetEssentials.com or 1-855-846-8376; or for Spanish, www.InternetBasico.com or 1-855-765-6995.
After last week’s devastating typhoon in the Philippines, communication has been restored to some affected areas and phone carriers are waiving fees for calls and texts. Though Nov. 30, AT&T wireless customers won’t be charged for calls to the Philippines and through Nov. 22, AT&T land-line customers will get up to 60 minutes of free calls.
- Cox is offering its long distance phone customers 60 minutes of free calling through Nov. 30.
- Comcast Xfinity Voice residential customers get free calls to the Philippines through Nov. 30. Through Dec. 7, Sprint customers can send texts or make calls to the Philippines at no cost.
- Verizon is offering free text messages, wireless and land-line phone calls to the Philippines though Dec. 7.
- T-Mobile customers get free calls and text messages through Nov. 30.
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program provides Internet service for $9.95 a month, along with the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150. To qualify, households must be where Comcast offers service, have at least one public, private, parochial or home school student eligible for the National School Lunch Program and meet other guidelines. Information: www.internetessentials.com or 855-846-8376; or for Spanish, 855-765-6995.
Basic-cable viewers can catch up on “Homeland” and other premium programming this weekend, when Showtime offers a free preview. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, Comcast, Cox, DirectTV and other cable company subscribers can watch Showtime movies, series, specials and On Demand offerings at no charge. Check participating providers and schedules at sho.com.
Still without power? Comcast invites customers to stop by Connecticut Xfinity Service Centers in Cromwell (4 Willowbrook Road) and Clinton (21 East Main Street) to use free WiFi, recharge wireless devices, check e-mail, pay bills online or make phone calls from one of the product kiosks. Both centers are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cox customers can visit Cox Solutions Stores in Enfield (54 Hazard Ave Suite 115), Manchester, (179 Deming St.), and Meriden (687 East Main Street) to use free wifi, charge wireless devices, check email and do online banking. The Enfield location is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.to 7 p.m. Manchester is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Meriden location’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you’re lucky enough to have power, you can tune in to premium television networks free. Comcast and DirectTV are offering a free preview of NBA League Pass from October 30 to November 6. And from Nov. 1 through 15, Comcast will be airing a free preview of TVJapan.