Catch up with “Outlander” during Watchathon Week

outlander tv series on starzIf you like your romantic fantasies to be woven out of historical fiction then have I got a show for you! Here’s the set up:

It’s the middle of World War II and military nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) are visiting the remote village of Inverness, Scotland for a much needed holiday. When they explore the standing stones (think Stonehenge) above the town, Claire touches the highest stone and promptly faints. But she hasn’t fainted, she’s traveled back in time, back 200 years earlier, and finds herself in the middle of a battle between Brit Redcoats and rebel Scots Highlanders.

She’s rescued from the attack by Captain “Black Jack” Randall (Menzies), who looks like Frank’s twin and turns out to be his ancestor, and uses her medical training to help injured Scotsman Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) survive his battle injuries. She ends up the healer of Castle Leoch, but as a prisoner of Clan MacKenzie, and she can’t get back to the henge to try and travel back to her own time!

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) from "Outlander"
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) from “Outlander”

The TV show is based on an extraordinarily successful book series by Diana Gabaldon and is a fun, exciting and romantic adventure, though certainly aimed at mature audiences much more than the teen market. I know, my older daughter and I watched the first half-dozen episodes of Season One and while I liked it, she really loved the show and its theme of eternal love and fighting for your beliefs.

Season two is poised to start up on the Starz Network and the Xfinity Team is having some fun with the premiere, offering up VIP screening experiences tied to the second series (only in Denver and Seattle) and including Outlander season one in its April Xfinity Watchathon promotion. But even if you skip all of that, the Xfinity X1 system has you covered anyway. Heck, with the new Xfinity Voice Remote you can literally just say “Watch Outlander” and it’ll find the latest episode and show it in all its HD glory on your television.

xfinity watchathon weekBut Xfinity X1 offers a lot more than that, including access to Xfinity’s huge on-demand library. In fact, the X1 system pre-downloads the most recent episodes of the 100 most popular TV shows so you can keep up without lag or delays even if you forget to set your DVR to record the show. Which should be hard to accomplish since you can easily send recording requests directly from your smartphone. Keep up! 🙂

Now fair disclosure: I was invited to the Outlander VIP Screening by Xfinity but couldn’t make it because of a prior commitment and because I had my 12yo daughter with me that night anyway, and this show is most assuredly not for 12 year olds, male or female. Which is disappointing, because the event, prompted by Xfinity’s desire to say “thank you” to its existing customers, sounded really cool!

So there you have it. The Outlander storyline and how Xfinity is helping you get addicted to this highly entertaining and beautifully filmed TV series. Check it out, it’s quite a compelling and engaging series, and doubly so when you don’t have to stress about aligning your schedule with that of Starz or even worry whether you remembered to set your DVR to record the latest episode! #Outlander #XfinityScreenings

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of XFINITY. The opinions and text are all mine.

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