Xfinity X1 is my basketball tournament navigator

Tournament bracket

This post is sponsored by Xfinity. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sports fan or not, I don’t know too many people who don’t excited around this time of year for the NCAA basketball tournament. I mean, there’s really no amount of knowledge you need to try to pick the winning games. Heck, my wife has done better than me on her bracket solely by picking teams based on the color of their uniform.

Personally, I can’t get enough of the tournament basketball games. You know there’s going to be an underdog who wins (a 12 beats a 5 nearly every year, right?), you know someone will win on a buzzer beater, and you know there will be no shortage of alley-oop and slam dunk highlights.

One thing that makes my entire tournament experience better is my Xfinity X1 system. Here are some of the ways I use the X1 system as my personal basketball tournament navigator:

Marking teams as favorites. With Xfinity X1, I can search for my team by name and then mark it as a favorite. I, of course, have my beloved Wisconsin Badgers marked as a favorite, although sadly, they will not be in the tournament this year. One of the nice features of indicating your favorite team is that the X1 system can automatically record every game for you. It also makes it super easy to find your team’s live games when using the X1 Sports App (more on that in a minute).

Multi-room viewing. If I can’t watch the game I want live, I can record it and watch it back at my convenience (just be sure you turn off or ignore those tournament update notifications on your smartphone!) And when the rest of my family gets sick of me watching too much basketball, I can pause my recorded game and resume it in the basement, where I have a secondary X1 box.

Watching while I work with the Xfinity Stream app. As you may or not know, the tournament tips off with 32 games on Thursday and Friday. Those are work days which means I should be in my home office (where I don’t have a television) and not watching the games in my family room. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. I use the Xfinity Stream app to watch the games live on my iPad while I’m working. It’s essentially like having a portable television in my home office!

Basketball games on smartphone

Using the X1 Sports App. This is by far my favorite feature of the Xfinity X1 system. The X1 Sports App brings up a list of all currently airing live games, sorted by sport. It’s smart enough to know which sport people are likely most interested in so in March it defaults to the tournament games. Select the game you want, click the option to watch the game with your remote and it automatically tunes to the right channel.

For the real sports junkies though, that’s just the start. The X1 Sports App will allow you to pull up real-time game stats during your favorite game. Want to know how many points a player has or who is in foul trouble? The X1 Sports App will tell you. You can even view a chart to see each team’s shot selection during the game.

Finding games with voice search. When I want to quickly switch over to ESPN 2 (or any other channel) to see what game they are airing, I use my X1 Voice Remote to speak the name of the channel. Or, when I’d rather jump to a specific game, I use my voice to speak the name of one of the teams.

I don’t know if the Xfinity X1 system can help me with my tournament bracket, but it sure does make the NCAA tournament a lot more exciting!