Comcast and Skype have announced a partnership to bring HD video calling to television sets.
The upcoming plans would allow Comcast customers to call their friends and family through their TVs regardless of whether the recipient uses Skype on their set, a PC, a smartphone or other device. Subscribers would also be able to receive calls.
As a result of the partnership, per an official announcement of the deal, customers will be able to:
— make and receive Skype video and audio calls, or send instant messages via Skype on a television while watching their favorite TV show at the same time, and accept incoming calls during a TV show with the help of Caller ID.
— make and receive video and audio calls, or send instant messages via Skype on a compatible mobile phone or tablet.
— import friends to their address book from their Facebook, Outlook, Gmail and smartphone contact lists, find them on Skype and see when contacts are online and available to talk.
Customer trials for this offering will begin in the coming months, and further product details will be made available later this year.