Comcast Believes, This Time, That Customers Want Video Calling
from the history-repeating dept
What is it about video calling that makes so many people think it's bound to be the next big thing? The technology for talking with video has been around for a long time, and there's no indication that people want it. In fact, there have been several attempts at marketing the service, none of which have succeeded. Yet, in spite of these failures, video calling still holds allure for some telecom companies, who every few years trot out the latest iteration of it, convinced that people will want it this time. Apparently, Comcast is looking to be the next major company to try its hand at a such a venture, with a launch in 2007. It wants to offer free video calling (at least it doesn't think it will be able to charge for the service) over customers' PC. The company will also store people's calls on their servers, which it thinks will discourage people from switching. Get this, apparently the company, or people close to it, believe it will be their "Skype killer". Perhaps they should try using Skype, just so they know what it is, before saying that this will kill it. It's all rumor at this point, but if the company is hoping for big things out of video calling, it will likely be very disappointed.