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June 20, 2012

Comcast Unveils Skype on Xfinity for Houston Consumers

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Comcast has made Skype (News - Alert) available on the latest widescreen HD video calling experience, Xfinity, for its subscribers in Houston. Customers can now use their TV to make and receive video calls in HD picture quality with Skype on Xfinity. Skype can also be used by customers to send and receive direct messages concurrently while watching TV.

In a release, Doug Guthrie, SVP of Comcast (News - Alert) Houston, said, “We’re continuing to build innovative communication services like Skype on Xfinity that will allow our customers to interact in new ways with the people they care about the most. Through our close collaboration with Skype, we focused on delivering a new product that brings family and friends together through a high-quality video calling experience like never before.”

Skype on Xfinity is one of the several custom-made services offered by Comcast to its customers. Apart from making and receiving Skype-to-Skype video and audio calls, customers will also be able to watch TV and send instantaneous messages via Skype on a TV at the same time. A Caller ID feature is also included to help the customers accept incoming Skype calls while a show is running on the TV. Skype on Xfinity can also help customers be in touch with nearly hundreds of millions of connected Skype users across the world.

Cathy Avgiris (News - Alert), EVP and GM, Communications and Data Services of Comcast Cable, said, “TV is rapidly evolving as a social experience, and Skype on Xfinity is bringing friends and family together to share life’s moments through the use of the largest screen in their homes. Skype on Xfinity is simple to set up and easy to use so that you can always feel like you’re there with friends and loved ones, even if physically you’re miles apart.”

According to Bob Rosin, head, Business Development for Skype, the company in association with Comcast is offering an extremely convincing HD calling experience to consumers. Video calling can now be done right from the living room using the TVs as a result of this latest offering from Comcast and Skype, thereby enhancing the manner in which people share life’s experiences. 

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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