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Comcast brings Skype calls to TV

| Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Comcast Corp. said it has reached a deal with Skype that will allow Comcast subscribers to make high-definition quality video calls through their televisions.

Using the Skype software, a video camera, a set-top box and a special remote control, Comcast customers will be able to make and receive video or audio calls and text messages. It doesn't matter if the person at the other end of the call uses a phone, a personal computer or a TV.

The collaboration between Comcast and Skype is the first of its kind. Last month, Microsoft agreed to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion. Comcast said trials will begin "in the coming months," with further details coming later this year.

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