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Skype on TV Through Comcast Cable Boxes

submitted on June 14, 2011 by pablos17 in "Member's Lounge"
Looks like video calling is becoming more and more prevalent and soon Comcast subscribers will be able to hold their videoconference in HD.

The latest announcement at the 2011 Cable Show comes from the seemingly unlikely pairing of Comcast and Skype, who have arranged to enable video calls through the cable box. All it takes is a camera, adapter and 'specially-designed remote' to turn HDMI-equipped Comcast boxes into Skype-on-TV machines when they start trials in the next few months. Senior Comcast VP Cathy Avgiris tells the Seattle Times that video will max out at 720p to start but will be ugraded to 1080p eventually. The tie-in will also means Skype features for the Comcast Xfinity apps on tablets and phones, but according to Avgiris it won't "necessarily be limited to triple-play" (TV, phone and internet) customers only. Skype has already partnered with several TV manufacturers for HD calling in the living room, but working through cable boxes means a much greater prospective installed base. Beyond the still-unanswered questions of pricing and release dates, we've already seen enough Cable Show demos that didn't amount to much (*cough* tru2way) so this will goes on the shelf with the others until it's spotted in the wild.

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This Poll is Closed

1. Would you subscribe to Comcast for this type of video calling?
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • No
  • 100%
    2. Do you frequently use video calling features on Skype, etc.?
  • Yes
  • 33%
  • No
  • 33%
    3. Are you even subcribed to cable TV any longer?
  • Yes
  • 33%
  • No
  • 67%
    Total: 3 votes


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      Posted by YanBz on June 14, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      I am using Skype video a lot to call my friends and relatives in Ukraine and I look forward to a reliable Android app that would do the same
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      Posted by psplove on June 15, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Skype is a good company who making long distance calls and great rates too. Confused

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