Skype to begin roll out for Comcast Xfinity users

If you are a subscriber to the Comcast cable TV service, you may soon be able to take Skype phone calls while you are watching Mad Men on your TV. Skype has announced that starting this week, Skype on Xfinity will launch in 10 US cities where Comcast is available. Those cities include Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Atlanta, Augusta, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

The Skype blog states:

With Skype on Xfinity, you'll be able to watch TV and send instant messages or make a Skype video call at the same time. This way, you and your friend or family member will be able to watch the same game or reality show together and share your reactions to the same moments in real-time. You can even choose whether you want the TV program or the Skype video call to be presented in full-screen or Picture-in-Picture views.

Once a Comcast Xfinity customers asks Comcast for Skype support, the cable company will then send over a Skype on Xfinity-enabled set-top box adapter, along with a camera and a remote that comes with a keyboard so people can also send text message using Skype. The Comcast user then plugs in the adapter with an HDMI cable and then starts using Skype with their own home wireless network.

The blog post adds that more Comcast locations in the US will start supporting Skype on Xfinity later this summer. Pricing for the service will be $9.95 a month.

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But ya know what... this will likely NOT go against that 250G/month cap like all their other services while those from other 3rd party companies such as Netflix will effect the cap. This alone is huge bs and something needs to be done either by doubling the cap which would likely take care of the problem or remove it all together. I'm pretty sure this would effect the bandwidth and not go directly over the tv signals. Biggest problem with this though is its not free and they are wanting to charge which is stupid...anyone with half a brain knows you can skype call for free to another skype user.

sava700 said,
But ya know what... this will likely NOT go against that 250G/month cap like all their other services while those from other 3rd party companies such as Netflix will effect the cap. This alone is huge bs and something needs to be done either by doubling the cap which would likely take care of the problem or remove it all together. I'm pretty sure this would effect the bandwidth and not go directly over the tv signals. Biggest problem with this though is its not free and they are wanting to charge which is stupid...anyone with half a brain knows you can skype call for free to another skype user.

Since the bandwidth cap has been removed now (http://www.engadget.com/2012/0...s-two-new-policies-that-in/) and will be tiered in the future, this shouldn't make a huge difference now. Also, you can use Skype on your computer and do this for free, yes. This just makes it easier for those who want to make those calls from the comfort of their living room.

blackjezuz said,
When the hell is MS releasing skype for xbox. How long does it take to make a skype client?

A simple client, not long, but to actually integrate it into the dashboard itself? A bit longer I'd say. That's probably why, they'd rather make it a part of the dash than just another app to the side. Think of how they integrated messenger into the dash itself and you get a good idea for skype.