Comcast Corp, the country's and the Charleston region's largest cable company, announced on Tuesday that it plans to bring Skype video call to Television sets this year.
Consumers will be able to rent a kit that includes a web-cam an adapter that plugs into the HDTV and a cable box remote with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, Catherine Avgiris, general manager of communications and data services told Fox news adding that the company has yet to settle on a final price.
Consumers who purchased an Internet-ready HDTV with Skype pre-installed will get notifications of incoming calls on their TVs and will be able to answer calls with full-screen video.
Comcast has 17.4 million Internet subscribers across the country and it plans to start trials of the system in the next few months.
Comcast's Skype adapter won't be able to call phone numbers, or receive calls from a phone number. Instead it plans to pack a limited version of Skype's offerings that include Skype-to-Skype calling and instant messaging, for which it charges $20 per month.
Microsoft last month announced its plans to acquire Skype, for $ 8.5 billion by the end of the year.