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Cisco To Sell Videoconferencing Box For The Home

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Cisco Systems logo on display during a press event at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Venetian January 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Cisco Systems logo on display during a press event at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Venetian January 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (AP) – Cisco says it’s going to sell a $599 box that turns living-room TV sets into big videophones.

It’s the first entry by the world’s largest maker of computer networking gear into home videoconferencing, a market that’s been dominated by free, PC-oriented services such as Skype SA.

Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that the “umi” device will include a camera and will be controlled by a remote. The service will cost $25 per month in addition to the purchase price.

Cisco emphasizes that the system will produce high-definition, life-like video, but the quality will also depend on the speed of the home’s broadband connection.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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