Comcast offers new Skype service in Augusta

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Comcast has launched a new widescreen HD video calling service in Augusta and nine other cities.

Skype through Xfinity allows customers to make and receive video calls from their TV as well as send and receive instant messages via Skype while watching television.

“TV is rapidly evolving as a social experience,” said Cathy Av­giris, the executive vice president and general manager of communications and data services for Comcast.

To use Skype on Xfinity, customers will need Xfinity Internet service, an HDMI-capa­ble Comcast cable set-top box and a Skype account. Skype on Xfinity will be delivered to the Comcast customer’s HDTV through an all-in-one kit that includes an adaptor box, a high-quality video camera and a specially designed remote control that enables customers to instant message with one or more friends on Skype as well as control the volume of their television.

For Skype-to-Skype calls or instant messages, the other calling party simply needs to be logged into a Skype account. No equipment beyond what is needed to use Skype is required.

Skype on Xfinity is available for $9.95 per month for qualifying Xfinity Triple Play customers and will launch in additional markets throughout the summer.

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Just My Opinion 06/01/12 - 07:35 pm
$10 here, $10 there...boy, it

$10 here, $10 there...boy, it sure adds up, doesn't it?? I disagree somewhat on what was said here..I think the COMPUTER has rapidly evolved into a social experience. Simply look at the smartphones (essentially handheld computers), and Ipads. For awhile now, computer activities have crossed-over to televisions by way of the Blu-Ray players and their apps. The television will "show" you who is calling you. Now you can actually see and interact with the person calling you?? Of course that's great for families and close friends, but wonder how long it'll take for telephone solicitors to make their way into your living room via the television?? Man, is this getting to be like "The Jetson's" or what?

iLove 06/01/12 - 09:45 pm

The fact that Augusa made the top 10 list of cities.....reminds me of the movie back to the future pt. 3.

omnomnom 06/02/12 - 09:09 am
video phoning... check. now

video phoning... check. now for the flying cars.. make the FAA earn their pay (fro real)

TrukinRanger 06/02/12 - 10:29 am

$187.70, $174.62, $175.36, $174.62, $181.35, $182.67-- My monthly charges for comcast. That's high speed internet (no, not the fastest, but surprisingly gets me the same results as the higher speeds that they try and sell you), Digital Cable with DVR (of course that brings in the HD package), DVR monthly box rental, HBO, and the occasional PPV. Why would I want to upgrade again to a triple play (don't need home phone since I am cell phone only) and then another $10 for skype- sure there's a monthly rental for the additional equipment. If I had a better choice of high speed internet at my address I'd be using a dish.

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