As we’ve embarked recently on a mission to turn our house into a smart home with all sorts of cool high-tech features, a ton of people have been asking about cable and television services.
We honestly didn’t watch a whole lot of TV until the last year or so, when we found ourselves a little more couch-bound than usual after Minion’s RSV scare and then my difficult pregnancy kept us home quite a bit.
I avoided even thinking about cable for awhile. We had a terrible experience with a certain provider up in Los Angeles, and I figured we could just meet our needs in San Diego with apps or streaming. However, it turns out that those services aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be (more on that in another post coming soon) and friends here locally kept urging us to give Cox a try. The company actually reached out and asked if we’d visit them for a demonstration and partner up to share our thoughts on the service, so I figured what the heck? It won’t kill me to leave my couch for a bit.
Turns out, a whole lot has changed in the world of cable over the last few years!
Cox Contour is the latest-and-greatest in TV connectivity, promising to simplify busy lives and enhance the viewing experience. It brings everything that customers love about cable such as network access and storage together with the on-demand services and the organization that people expect from technology nowadays.
First up, the recording options are mind-blowing. Gone are the days of clunky DVRs and limited access. Most shows go into an on-demand section automatically within 24 hours, even if you don’t set them ahead of time. For shows you absolutely can’t miss, up to six at-a-time can be recorded and all data across every TV in your home is synced into one giant library that can record up to 1000 hours.
The viewing experience from room-to-room is seamless. You can restart movies that are already partway through (yes, even if you have not set them to record ahead of time) and you can pick up on one TV where you left off on another.
Updated show data provides up-to-the-minute information from Wikipedia and pulls in Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes review info. No more juggling Google and the TV Guide on a phone in one hand with a remote in the other!
You can set searches to record. For example, if you happen to be really obsessed with Bill Paxton, you can now catch every single show or movie where he ever appears. Yeah, I really like Bill Paxton. Deal with it.
Easier navigation. There is a “featured” section where staff curates content based on social media trending and current topics, and a set of collections helps people easily explore specific topics (such as “LGBT” for pride month and “Memorial Day” for watching war documentaries and movies during the holiday). You can even jump to a list of all shows that came on last night or the night before or any time over the last week to get up to speed in a hurry.
The “apps” section helps viewers explore things like weather, traffic and sports. While watching sports events, you can display all statistics on players who are shown on the screen as well as current rankings and standings.
There is voice control on the remote, and it actually understands real humans! You can talk in a normal cadence and tone using basically any term to pull up programming. Say, for example, “Chopped,” or “watch Chopped” or “show me Chopped.” Even lines from a movie such as, “to infinity and beyond” or ideas such as “dark comedies” will pull up results (perfect for kids who never know actual movie titles and instead refer to them by their main characters).
It’s easy and safe for children. Parental controls can initiate “safe browse” so that inappropriate poster art won’t show and vulgar descriptions will never display. You can also get granular with specific rating and show restrictions, remove rental powers or filter down by age in a pre-built KidsZone.
If you’re making your home your sanctuary, you may as well pimp out the entertainment options to the max. Cox is available outside of San Diego, too, from Virginia to Nevada with headquarters in Atlanta.
How do you watch TV at home?