Comcast to sell Skype box for video calls

June 13, 2011 - 5:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast subscribers: In the future, believing that the TV is talking to you might not be a sign of insanity. You may be getting a Skype video call.

Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, is set to announce Tuesday that it plans to bring Skype calls to TV sets later this year.

Subscribers will then be able to rent a kit from Comcast that includes a webcam and an adapter that plugs into the TV. A new cable box remote will include a keyboard on the back, for typing chat messages.

Comcast plans to start trials of the system in the next few months. It has 17.4 million Internet subscribers.