Technicolor is providing a custom-developed box for use in Comcast and Skype's video conferencing service that was announced earlier this week at The Cable Show.
"I can confirm Technicolor is working with Comcast to deliver a custom-developed telepresence set-top box solution, designed to deliver high definition video conferencing (calling) through TV sets," Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas wrote in an e-mail to CED this morning. "Their gear is designed to help enable us to deliver an interactive telepresence experience to customers using existing TV sets and wireless LAN networks."
Features for Technicolor's telepresence set-top box include HDMI input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, RF4CE (Radio Frequency For Consumer Electronics) control, external USB and SD card slot, and an external camera and microphone
Paris, France-based Technicolor has been diligently working on expanding its presence in North America, and the deal with Comcast is a large feather in its cap.
Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit said that the technology to provide Skype calls on TV would eventually become integrated directly into set-top boxes.