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Panasonic releases Skype service for Viera Cast HDTVs

After debuting a sneak peek at CES 2010 way back in January, Skype has finally been implemented on to the 2010 slew of Panasonic Viera Cast HDTVs.

After debuting a sneak peek at CES 2010 way back in January, Skype has finally been implemented on to the 2010 slew of Panasonic Viera Cast HDTVs.

The special Viera Cast-enabled clan consists of the VT25, VT20, G25, and G20 Series HDTVs. The program is operated by the TV remote control. Skype subscribers who own one of these plasma televisions will be able to make video phone calls with a picture that has a 1,280 x 720 resolution at a maximum frame rate of 22fps.

And if you read the fine print closely, you'll notice that one other important accessory is needed to take full advantage of this service: Panasonic's TY-CC10W webcam, which runs for $169.95. This particular webcam promises an extra wide viewing angle, and it includes four unidirectional microphones, an echo canceling system, and audio processing for collecting voices in a typically-sized living room.

Most of the other Skype features available with this version of the software is the same as the computer edition, like voicemail, video conferencing and free Skype-to-Skype voice/video calls.