Comcast and Skype: Video call with your TV

If you can watch videos on your phone, it’s only right that a TV can take video calls. The wait for that possibility is over. Thanks to a strategic partnership between Comcast and Skype, Comcast subscribers can now make high-definition quality video calls through their televisions.  You can also receive Skype video calls from family  and friends, be it from their home TV, PC, smartphone or tablet. For this to happen, you’ll need Skype software, a video camera, an adaptor box, and a specially-designed remote control which will enable customers to make and receive video or audio calls and text messages. Customers will also be able to access mobile features conveniently through Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile app.

Here are a few things customers will be able to do through this offering:

  • Make and receive Skype video and audio calls, or send instant messages via Skype on a television while watching their favorite TV show at the same time, and accept incoming calls during a TV show with the help of Caller ID.
  • Make and receive video and audio calls, or send instant messages via Skype on a compatible mobile phone or tablet.
  • Import friends to their address book from their Facebook, Outlook, Gmail and smartphone contact lists, find them on Skype and see when contacts are online and available to talk.

Personally, I don’t think I’d want anyone calling me up on my TV while I’m watching Law & Order. But that’s just me.

Source: Comcast