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I’ve had the pleasure of using Cisco’s (NASDAQ:CSCO) videocalling system, and the technology would appeal to anyone who could afford a permanent setup. Thanks to Skype and two television manufactures (Panasonic (PC) and LG (OTC:LGERF)), consumers will soon begin to enjoy the benefits of their very own basic video conference platform (hat tip NYT).

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There’s nothing novel anymore about streaming video, even over your television. But for the TV manufacturers, this is a smart move. It has been more than a few years and plenty of effort has gone into the concept, yet the personal computer crowd do not own the living room; they barely have a foot in the door. Perhaps there’s a reason for that.

Given the timing, Skype’s new owners (CPP Investment Board, etc.) must have known about this channel opportunity when they were considering the EBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) buyout (Skype deal: is it a tech or infrastructure deal? Sept 2-09). Sounds like another good angle to ultimately convert Skype’s user base into a meatier source of revenue.