Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

Summary: CES 2010: Skype has announced that they will have support for high-definition video calls, via personal computers or HD webcams connected to HDTVs.

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Skype has announced that now support for high-definition video calls, via personal computers or HD webcams connected to HDTVs.

The HD support comes in the beta version of Skype version 4.2, which can host 720p HD video at 30 fps. Apparently PC users might have already had it and not known it since they wanted to save the good news for CES this week. (There seems something wrong about that...) Also, no luck for Mac users. Yet.

But the big deal is that Skype users will be able to make HD calls from their living rooms - without their computers. LG and Panasonic have both already signed on to embed Skype into Internet-connected plasma and LCD HDTVs, which will be released some time later this year.

HD webcams are also in the works. Two of those webcams are the FV Touchcam N1 ($99, with microphone) and the FreeTalk HD Pro ($120) or HD Pro Plus ($140), set to sell starting in February and March, respectively.

Personally, I can't live without Skype. It's the only way I can affordably call home to the United States while I'm living abroad. It's simple, easy and I can't wait to see what else they can develop to make telecommunications easier.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Collaboration, Hardware, Mobility

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  • why not on PS3?

    Why dont they introduce a version for PS3?

    http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=109454
    ruwan.jayaweera
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    I think of the possibilities of NO free holidays for Politicions and being able to SEE long lost friends and relatives that cannot think of what to say when writing a letter or sending a card. The mind boggles at the many pleasures of direct sight to be able to see who you are talking to.NO unidentified callers,or perv's on the phone.
    buck-rabbit
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    Does this change align Skype with any of the existing
    standards (e.g. H.323)? And are there compact Skype
    appliances utilizing the 720p (e.g. ASUS AiGuru)?
    speer1
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    Confused...

    How is this a good idea/business move as most people's broadband has really small upload limits (vs. DL)? Most people do now have FiOS.

    I cannot see this being all too popular unless people install a T1 line. Even the fastest upload for most residential lines (cable) seems to be 2 mbps which yields pretty copy HD downloads at that speed.
    S4F4M
    • True, but...

      I would expect there to be massive compression. And just because its HD resolution, won't mean its broadcast quality HD. I would expect it to still be pretty low quality.
      Stuka
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    as long as it does not cost any extra
    ronangel
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    With my throttled upload and uplink
    capability of 300kps and download of
    3.5mps I can still manage a
    reasonable SKYPE video connexion
    though duplex conversation is
    sometimes ( well, often) problematic.
    One is almost ready to go.."over" after
    speaking as in shortwave radio days
    but the compression of the video is
    impressive in that only the delta
    seems to be sent..ie. background
    remains clear and the movement of
    the person tends to pixellate or blur
    when the movement is too gestural.
    Considering, it is wonderful and the
    price..ha ha..more than great.
    nfiertel
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    It would be helpful to provide some technical details to this, such as the minimum up/down links speed needed to use such video resolution.
    Further, in addition to this, it would be nice to know what is the bits 'consumption' (say, per minute of talk time) that would be logged by the service provider [some of which have a monthly cap {as an example, Comcast is at 250Gbytes/month of combined up/down bit stream usage...}].
    Shmuel
  • RE: Skype HD delivers 720p videocalling from PCs or HDTVs

    This past weekend to be precise, I noticed my high-speed
    cable-modem connection more sluggish than usual.
    Since I happen to use an old PC running Linux as my NAT
    firewall, out of curiosity I ran a tcpdump trace and I was
    amazed to find out the amount of bandwidth Skype was
    using while being idle. I'm using version 2.8.0.722 for Mac.
    I hope Skype embedded on TVs would not magically use
    unproportionate amounts of bandwidth to route calls.= that
    are not mine
    emiliosic