Skype goes living room, embeds on LG, Panasonic HDTVs

Skype goes living room, embeds on LG, Panasonic HDTVs

Summary: Skype is embedding its service on a bevy of HDTVs. The company added that it is supporting video calls in 720p HD on PCs.

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Skype on Tuesday said it is embedding its service on a bevy of HDTVs. The company added that it is supporting video calls in 720p HD on PCs.

With the move Skype is aiming to make video conferencing something that can be conducted from the living room while making high-definition connections mainstream.

Skype said its latest Windows version can deliver HD calls as long as users have an HD webcam and a chip running at least 1.8 GHz. The HD webcams are expected to be unveiled at CES for early 2010 arrival.

More interesting is Skype's distribution move to embed its service on Internet-connected HDTVs (blog, statement). With Skype embedded---the company cut deals with LG and Panasonic---it is gaining distribution on future competitors such as Cisco, which also has key pieces of the digital living room puzzle.

Specifically, Skype will be embedded into Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST HDTVs and LG's 26-inch LCD and plasma HDTVs. Both of those product lines will be available in mid-2010. Skype also noted that LG and Panasonic will offer HD webcams that can pick up sound and video from "a couch distance."

Topics: Hardware, Collaboration, Mobility, Social Enterprise

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  • great idea Skype

    It's very interesting - many users really do not use Skype yet but I think this feature may be the app that changes it all. I hope that Skype replaces ichat for Apple users as the web application for communication that we all need! I will get a webcam and see how well this works .... when they become available. All humans need to communicate.... yeah!
    mriphysician
    • hmm...

      The real customer is actually actually targeted for live HD porn with this cam.
      Linux Geek
      • Sounds like you are "in the know"

        and bring up porn at every opportunity. Hmmm, indeed!
        No_Ax_to_Grind
  • Not true

    "Skype said its latest Windows version can deliver HD calls as long as users have an HD webcam and a chip running at least 1.8 GHz."

    Umm, not true, you need enough bandwidth to support the HD video.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • RE: Skype goes living room, embeds on LG, Panasonic HDTVs

    This is very true. The reason that video calling doesn't work as it should is because your ISP severely limits your upload bandwidth. When two people are making a video call the quality of the call depends on both parties having high upload bandwidth.

    ISPs are the bottleneck between your computer and the Internet. They want to charge you more, meter, and limit your bandwidth. As long as the ISPs control your access to the Web HD video calling will be a future technology.
    maxlent
  • Funny

    I remember years back people saying the computer will become your future TV. Now it's like your TV is becoming your computer!
    User94327
  • RE: Skype goes living room, embeds on LG, Panasonic HDTVs

    lspshh,good post!
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