Skype to be available for Comcast TV customers

Comcast cable customers will soon have a new option for talking to friends and family thanks to a new agreement with the Internet phone company Skype. A new press release today announced that the two companies have reached an agreement that will allow Skype's technology to be used by Comcast customers. Comcast users will soon be able to use Skype on their televisions to make video phone calls to other Skype users on their TVs, PCs or other Skype supported devices.

In addition, the Skype service will allow Comcast uses to send and receive instant messages while watching TV. Customers will also be able to import friends lists and address books from other services like Facebook and Gmail into Skype. Comcast users will need a special adaptor box to enable the Skype service along with a camera and a special remote control for the text messaging features. Comcast said in the press release that trials using the Skype service will start "in the coming months." There's no word on what price Comcast will charge for the Skype hardware and services.

Obviously this deal is being made before Skype's previously announced acquisition by Microsoft has been completed. Microsoft announced the deal to purchase Skype for a whopping $8.5 billion in cash last May. Microsoft hopes to close the deal sometime before the end of 2011. The acquisition would launch a new division in Microsoft and see Skype be used for a number of Microsoft products including its Xbox 360 game console.

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Maybe this will open Comcast to get rid of caps because if Skype becomes popular use with their stuff, then they will see a huge increase in bandwith.

seems to me like microsoft bought skype at the right time.. they seem to be just booming in the news.. if you think about it 8.5 billion does not seem that much for a instant messaging and video company when Zenga a facebook game company is selling for 10 billion..

Lachlan said,
seems to me like microsoft bought skype at the right time.. they seem to be just booming in the news.. if you think about it 8.5 billion does not seem that much for a instant messaging and video company when Zenga a facebook game company is selling for 10 billion..
I thought Zynga is waiting to do an IPO?

Lachlan said,
seems to me like microsoft bought skype at the right time.. they seem to be just booming in the news.. if you think about it 8.5 billion does not seem that much for a instant messaging and video company when Zenga a facebook game company is selling for 10 billion..

Agreed. The technology behind Skype has a lot of potential for a company like Microsoft especially with all the integration/unified experience MS is trying to achieve. That plus the fact that Microsoft is trying to broaden the way we interact with devices via touch, gestures/voice recognition (Kinect), etc. makes Skype seem pretty useful to me. We are quickly moving toward a new generation of the connected web where video/audio are becoming the primary methods for communication (only possible due to advances in technology).