Philadelphia — Comcast and Skype on Tuesday announced an agreement to develop an HD video calling service that will enable family members and friends to communicate on a widescreen TV via Skype video calls.

Customers in the future will be able to make and receive Skype video and audio calls, instant message via Skype on a television while watching their favorite TV shows, and import friends to their Skype
address book from Facebook, Outlook, Gmail and smartphone contact lists.

“We are pleased to announce this partnership with Comcast,” said Skype CEO Tony Bates. “By combining Comcast’s broad living room reach with Skype’s innovative communications platform and worldwide community of users, we can bring video calling into the heart of the home allowing
people to share life’s experiences both big and small.”

The service will be available through a high-quality camera, adapter box and a special remote control that is designed for Comcast customers to text on Skype through their televisions.

Customer trials of the service are expected to commence in coming months.

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