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In the media: Comcast to trial video conferencing with Skype

Fri, 06/03/2011 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

Comcast is in the process of testing a video conferencing service with Skype that enables face-to-face conferencing on TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones.

DSLReports.com cited one of its users as the source for the video conferencing test between Comcast and Microsoft-owned Skype and included a notice that Comcast reportedly was sending to subscribers.

A spokeswoman for Comcast said in an email to CED this morning that the operator doesn't comment on rumors or speculation.

The notice said that the unnamed service would be available to Comcast's Xfinity subscribers and would include an HD camera for viewing on TVs, while a downloadable smartphone or tablet app would be used for mobile conferences.

Cable operators have tossed around video conferencing in the past, but to date, it hasn't progressed past the novelty stage.

Last year, Cisco started offering its Umi videoconferencing system for consumers, which included a camera that fits on the top of an HDTV and a device that connects to the TV and Internet.

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