The service, called Skype on Xfinity, is only for Comcast's triple-play customers and sells for $9.95 per month. The company isn't charging extra for the hardware kit, which includes an adapter, a video camera and a remote control. In addition to Comcast cable modem service, users will also need an HDMI-capable set-top box and, of course, a Skype account.
The other markets on deck for Skype on Xfinity include Atlanta and Augusta, Ga.; Chicago; Detroit; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Indianapolis; and Miami. Comcast and Skype announced the partnership in June 2011.
Why this matters
In addition to providing a new revenue stream that adds some value to its video service, Comcast will also use the new product to gain and retain customers who take the company's full service bundle.
If the product is successful, it could be good news for Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH), which makes the custom telepresence adapter for the Skype on Xfinity service.
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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable