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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Skype headed to your television

Skype, fresh of an $8.5 billion acquisition deal with Microsoft,says it will bring video calling to the living room. (Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)
Skype announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Comcast to offer its video-calling service over any subscriber’s HDTV.

According to a release, Comcast customers will be able to use the service through a kit that includes an adaptor box, video camera and special remote control that will also let Comcast customers text on Skype.

“The other calling party does not need any special equipment beyond what is needed to use Skype,” the release said.

Users will be able to use Skype’s video and text services while watching TV, use their mobile phone or tablet to use Skype and import contacts from their smartphones, Facebook, Gmail and Microsoft Outlook. Incoming calls will show up with Caller ID.

Microsoft announced last month that it agreed to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion.

Comcast will be rolling out the service “in the coming months,” and the companies said they will flesh out the details by the end of the year.

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