French vendor Technicolor has developed a telepresence network adapter for cable TV giant Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) that can be attched to set-top boxes or other gear to enable telepresence conferencing via TVs. Comcast reportedly is looking to schedule a residential telepresence market trial for later this year.
Comast isn't the first service provider to eye the residential telepresence opportunity, but having an adapter to integrate with existing gear could be a key to getting the market going. It will be interesting to see how the company pursues telepresence services at the same time it is positioning its Skype TV app in the market.
With Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) dabbling in the residential telepresence sector and Skype video chat likely to enter the game in a broader way through Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Mediaroom post-acquisition, the residential telepresence market could be a hot sector going into 2012.
- see this Communications Technology post
Comcast recently demonstrated a Skype TV app
Cisco rolled into residential telepresence last year