Comcast Testing 'Skype On Your TV Set'
New Xfinity Service Would Come With HD Camera
by Karl Bode 11:06AM Friday Jun 03 2011 Tipped by FFH5
A user writes in to note that Comcast is currently testing a new video conferencing service in conjunction with Skype, that will ultimately be offered to all Comcast Xfinity subscribers. The notice states the company's "Skype on your tv set" will provide face-to-face video conferencing on televisions and other devices, includes smartphones, PCs and tablets. According to the notice, the service will also provide users with a high-definition camera, though Comcast has yet to officially name the service. We've reached out to Comcast for comment and additional detail, but have not heard back. The full notice being sent to subscribers:
We are evaluating a name for a new service available to XFINITY subscribers: XFINITY and Skype are partnering to offer customers – in essence, "Skype on your TV set", providing live face-to-face video conferencing with friends and family on your television and through multiple other devices including your smartphone, PC, and tablet.
Customers will now be able to talk face-to-face from the comfort of their living rooms or on-the-go to share important news (“we’re engaged!”), participate in special events (“I just watched my niece take her first steps”), watch the same TV program with all your friends, or simply say hi (“Hi, I missed you!”).
The service includes a high-definition camera for an optimal life-like viewing experience on a big TV screen and a downloadable smartphone/tablet app to connect while on-the-go. It’s a whole new way to stay in touch with family and friends, only from XFINITY.
Re: No thanks... Apple put a camera in my Mac and Microsoft put a camera on my game console... This is the future if you want conferencing features, gesture controls and other new visual features.
Take it, leave it or wear your tin foil hat.
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Are We That Lazy of a Nation. I hardly watch TV, I spend a few hours a week on the PC, Mostly I'm outside, are we that lazy, turn everything off, get outside and enjoy life!
Re: Are We That Lazy of a Nation.
said by Otdoors9876 :What does switching from a voice phone call to a video phone call have to do with watching too much TV or going outside?
I hardly watch TV, I spend a few hours a week on the PC, Mostly I'm outside, are we that lazy, turn everything off, get outside and enjoy life!
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New TV',s already have Skype Many newer TV sets run internet apps. Skype is one of the apps.
So...what? This "Advanced Service Offering" is one of many, but it's not that AMAZING or hard to do on your own (need a HDTV, laptop/tablet/smartphone the supports video out and has either a decent camera or an input from a standalone camera at each end)
While many here have the knowledge and equipment on hand/available to do this today, selling it as a monthly service/device/addon make a lot of sense.
Typical families with 2 or more (divorce/seperatation/open adoption) grandparent homes, plus sibblings (in any generation) close friends, busness contacts etc. rather then trying to maintain your own mish-mash of equipment at seperate locations, having a standard, supported, leased device would be worth at least $10 or so EXTRA per month (maybe more).
Holiday, birthday, weekly calls home can now be a group event.
The video conference call comes to the mainstream home (this could be a big selling point for CC and MS skype)
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Stop being paranoid folks...this is a VERY good idea! I've read several of the posts here and all I can say is wow... a few of you really need to get some help. Comcast could care less what you do in your own home. They serve millions of people and even the concept they might spy on you is laughable. You aren't that important...get over yourselves.
On the flip side this is a great extension to the service and finally gets us all to that 1960's predicted videophone home. Yea we have it sort of now with PC's but it's not the same. You need to be tied to computer somewhere whereas with this service any TV with a box is a videophone. This is a great solution for those who don't have computers or are not computer savy enough to use skype on their own.
As for the paranoid posters. People you are on a camera from the minute you leave your home to the minute you return...somewhere a camera has you in its sights. If this really bothers you that much put a cover over the device or just don't subscribe to the service.
And if that's still not good enough for you... I can point you to a site that specializes in foil hats and undergarments.
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