Once the XFINITY app is running as shown in Figure 2, you can use your controller or Kinect to take command of the action. Standard controller options apply, for instance using the Left stick or Directional pad to move around, the Left or Right bumpers to move between categories, and the A button to select options. Pressing the B button takes you to the previous screen. Pressing Y starts a Search.
Figure 2 XFINITY TV offers a variety of program categories to choose from.
When a program is playing, the controller's A button, Start button, Left Stick, or Directional Pad brings up the video overlay, where you can select Play, Rewind, Stop, Forward, Info Pane (show title, video quality, and time seek slider), and the Display Mode (aspect ratio). The Right Trigger is used to Fast Forward in increasing increments each time it's pressed, and the Left Trigger is used to do the same for rewinding.
With Kinect, you can use the standard motion controls to work with the app; simply wave your hand and take control of the onscreen cursor as usual. You can also use Kinect's voice controls to quickly say any of the TV shows, movies, or categories you see on the screen. Simply say, "Xbox," followed by the command. For instance, as shown in the example in Figure 3, saying, "Xbox, Friends with Benefits," selects that movie's Overview page, which is shown in Figure 4.
Figure 3 After saying, "Xbox," Kinect is now ready for a command.
Figure 4 After issuing the "Friends with Benefits" command, that movie's overview page displays.
Besides using your voice to select content, you can also use it to Go Back, Pause, Play, Stop, Fast Forward, and Rewind what you're watching. Simply say, "Xbox," followed by the appropriate command. Using motion control, you can take control of the time seek slider directly.