Together with our partner Comcast, we’ve debuted Skype on Xfinity today in Boston and Seattle, enabling Comcast customers to communicate with family and friends through Skype HD video calling on their televisions. By the end of this week, the offering will also bring Skype audio and video calls and instant messaging to the living rooms of Comcast Xfinity subscribers in Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Atlanta, Augusta, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA.
This offering is the result of our close collaboration with Comcast to deliver an innovative solution to the marketplace and demonstrates Skype’s continued leadership in video communications. This partnership enables us to bring video calling into the heart of the home – the living room – where it enables people to share life’s experiences both big and small.
With Skype on Xfinity, you’ll be able to watch TV and send instant messages or make a Skype video call at the same time. This way, you and your friend or family member will be able to watch the same game or reality show together and share your reactions to the same moments in real-time. You can even choose whether you want the TV program or the Skype video call to be presented in full-screen or Picture-in-Picture views.
We’re also excited about how easy this offering makes it for customers to get started. Comcast will simply send its subscribers a Skype on Xfinity-enabled set-top box adaptor, camera, and a special remote with a built-in keyboard for instant messaging. Then, all the recipient needs to do is plug the adaptor into their existing cable box using an HDMI cable, connect to your wireless network, and register or login to Skype to start making Skype video calls.
Skype on Xfinity will be rolling out to additional markets throughout the summer. For more information, please visit www.xfinity.com/skype.