Comcast Brings Family and Friends Closer Together with the Launch of Skype on Xfinity Comcast Brings Family and Friends Closer Together with the Launch of Skype on Xfinity (Graphic: Business Wire)

Comcast today announced that Skype™ on Xfinity®, a new widescreen HD

video calling experience, is now available in Boston and Seattle as the

company begins its nationwide rollout of the service. Before the end of

the week, the service will also be available in the following

metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Augusta, Ga., Chicago, Detroit, Harrisburg,

Pa., Indianapolis, Miami and Pittsburgh. With Skype on Xfinity,

customers are able to make and receive video calls from their TV in HD

picture quality, as well as send and receive instant messages via Skype

while watching TV at the same time.

“We’re continuing to build innovative communication services like Skype

on Xfinity that will allow our customers to interact in new ways with

the people they care about the most,” said Tony Werner, Executive Vice

President and Chief Technology Officer for Comcast Cable. “Through our

close collaboration with Skype, we focused on delivering a new product

that brings family and friends together through a high-quality video

calling experience like never before.”

Skype on Xfinity is the latest example in a line of innovations through

which Comcast is bringing personalized services to its customers.

Through Skype on Xfinity, customers will be able to:

“Through our collaboration with Comcast, we are delivering a truly

compelling HD calling experience to consumers, and demonstrating Skype’s

continued leadership in video communications,” said Bob Rosin, Head of

Business Development for Skype. “Our partnership brings video calling

into the heart of the home – the living room – where it enables people

to share life’s experiences in a whole new way.”

Cathy Avgiris, Executive Vice President and General Manager of

Communications and Data Services for Comcast Cable, said, “TV is rapidly

evolving as a social experience, and Skype on Xfinity is bringing

friends and family together to share life’s moments through the use of

the largest screen in their homes. Skype on Xfinity is simple to set up

and easy to use so that you can always feel like you’re there with

friends and loved ones, even if physically you’re miles apart.”

To use Skype on Xfinity, customers will need Xfinity Internet service,

an HDMI-capable Comcast cable set-top box and a Skype account. To start

a Skype session through their TV, customers simply choose an available

contact from their address book and select enter. Skype on Xfinity will

be delivered to the Comcast customer’s HDTV through an all-in-one kit

which 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 does not need any special equipment beyond what is

needed to use Skype; they simply need to be logged into their Skype


Skype on Xfinity is available for $9.95 per month for qualifying Xfinity

Triple Play customers. Additional markets will launch through the

summer. For more information, visit

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (

is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information

and communications products and services. Comcast is principally

involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in

the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news,

sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.

Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet

and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is

the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates

entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast

networks, local television station groups, television production

operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

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