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Now Make Skype Video Calls Directly on Your TV

Comcast TV lift owners, did you know you that very soon you will be able to make Skype video calls on your TV?  According to the NY Times, Comcast and Skype announced last Monday that they would be working together to provide Comcast customers the ability to video chat on their TV sets from the comfort of their homes.

For those whom are not familiar with Skype, it is a wonderful free internet based service that allows families and friends to video chat all over the world.   However, this free platform may disappear.  Microsoft announced last month that it agreed to acquire Skype.  With Microsoft and Comcast now leading the new wave of communication, it will be interesting on what the new pricing structure will be.

For the time being though, Comcast will be conducting a trial run to select Comcast customers offering Skype-on-TV.  Skype-on-TV customers will be able to make Skype calls and send instant messages while watching TV.  In the long run, Comcast will provide video cameras to Skype-on-TV customers.  However, Skype is already embedded in some state-of-the-art television sets.  In the future, this will most likely be added automatically to most new television sets.

Now Make Skype Video Calls Directly on Your TV

Comcast TV lift owners, did you know you that very soon you will be able to make Skype video calls on your TV?  According to the NY Times, Comcast and Skype announced last Monday that they would be working together to provide Comcast customers the ability to video chat on their TV sets from the comfort of their homes.

For those whom are not familiar with Skype, it is a wonderful free internet based service that allows families and friends to video chat all over the world.   However, this free platform may disappear.  Microsoft announced last month that it agreed to acquire Skype.  With Microsoft and Comcast now leading the new wave of communication, it will be interesting on what the new pricing structure will be.

For the time being though, Comcast will be conducting a trial run to select Comcast customers offering Skype-on-TV.  Skype-on-TV customers will be able to make Skype calls and send instant messages while watching TV.  In the long run, Comcast will provide video cameras to Skype-on-TV customers.  However, Skype is already embedded in some state-of-the-art television sets.  In the future, this will most likely be added automatically to most new television sets.

Is Netflix taking over cable TV?

Reports coming from Netflix detailing their first quarter earnings show some impressive numbers. Overall, 7% of Americans subscribe to Netflix – outnumbering subscribers for the nation’s largest cable provider, Comcast. As alarming as these numbers may be to cable providers and networks, Netflix has been constantly increasing in popularity as a way for consumers to enjoy movies and television shows from their TV lift cabinets.

Aside from streaming movies, Netflix has recently signed on for an original TV series starring Kevin Spacey and the company has several deals in the works that allow them to show past season episodes of TV shows. With online TV and streaming media becoming so popular, cable networks fear that Netflix may be encroaching on their territory. Networks like HBO and Showtime aren’t sold on the benefits of Netflix. Netflix executives argue that by showing their past season episodes, they are essentially marketing the new season for the networks. Regardless of some networks holding out on Netflix, the selection and convenience offers endless possibilities for consumers.

Whether Netflix continues to experience this astounding growth remains to be seen. What do you think of Netflix? Do you subscribe? Would you sooner stream movies and television shows as opposed to renting copies from the nearest Redbox or rental retail store?

Is Netflix taking over cable TV?

Reports coming from Netflix detailing their first quarter earnings show some impressive numbers. Overall, 7% of Americans subscribe to Netflix – outnumbering subscribers for the nation’s largest cable provider, Comcast. As alarming as these numbers may be to cable providers and networks, Netflix has been constantly increasing in popularity as a way for consumers to enjoy movies and television shows from their TV lift cabinets.

Aside from streaming movies, Netflix has recently signed on for an original TV series starring Kevin Spacey and the company has several deals in the works that allow them to show past season episodes of TV shows. With online TV and streaming media becoming so popular, cable networks fear that Netflix may be encroaching on their territory. Networks like HBO and Showtime aren’t sold on the benefits of Netflix. Netflix executives argue that by showing their past season episodes, they are essentially marketing the new season for the networks. Regardless of some networks holding out on Netflix, the selection and convenience offers endless possibilities for consumers.

Whether Netflix continues to experience this astounding growth remains to be seen. What do you think of Netflix? Do you subscribe? Would you sooner stream movies and television shows as opposed to renting copies from the nearest Redbox or rental retail store?

The ‘Techiest’ of TV Remotes: The iPad/iPhone

Welcome to the new era of channel-surfing! Two weeks ago, Comcast released its new Xfinity TV app for the iPhone and iPad, which acts as a remote control and TV guide for most Comcast-compatible TV boxes. The free app connects to your DVR or cable set-top boxes, and after logging in, you can manage each DVR unit or cable box you own. Then, after entering your zip code and choosing your channel offerings, the app loads on your mobile device an interactive, searchable TV guide, from which you can select the show you want to watch and your TV will either change to that channel or your DVR will set to record it.

The remarkable difference between Comcast’s Xfinity TV app and a traditional remote control is that you don’t have to be in the same room as your TV to control it. Since the iPhone and iPad connect to the Internet, you can be sipping coffee at a café with your friends (or standing in line buying Christmas presents) while setting up to record the season premiere of your favorite show. And in a home with different boxes running to multiple TVs, the Xfinity TV app can accommodate every member of your family.

While the app does not allow you to watch TV on your iPhone or iPad (yet), the ability to manage your home TV and DVR, search for shows, browse On-Demand listings, filter results by genre, network and more, makes this app many times more useful than the TV guide in your newspaper or scrolling through your service provider’s guide channel just to find something interesting to watch.

And not to leave out the many Android fans, Comcast has also announced plans to release the Xfinity TV app to the Android Market sometime in December, but it is not yet known if that app will support streaming video playback, which is a feature already being planned for in a future update for the iPad app.

However, don’t throw away your TV remote just yet. You’ll still need it to turn your TV on/off, as well as adjust the volume. But who knows, in a couple more months there may be a mobile app that does that too, but can you also set it up to extend your recliner? Only time and technology will tell.

 
 
 
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