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Friday, September 30, 2005

Skype signals online video plan

Skype, the internet telecoms company owned by eBay, today moved closer to becoming a major platform for digital content and hinted it could soon offer online video services.

Underscoring how rapidly the media landscape is shifting, the news came the day after BT revealed that it will move into television next summer. The telecoms group will launch a set-top box that will enable users to download programmes over broadband internet lines.

Skype's foray into content distribution starts today with the launch of Personalise Skype, a feature that means that callers can receive and send pictures, sounds and ringtones over the Skype network.

Skype users are able to make free phone calls between themselves by downloading free software. The company was bought by eBay earlier this month in a deal that could reach $4.1 billion (£2.3bn) if Skype hits its profit targets.

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