Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Skype-enabled Televisions

NEW YORK: New televisions from LG Electronics and Panasonic will feature Skype, which includes free video calls between Skype members.
Skype, said both LG and Panasonic will have high-definition TVs supporting its service around mid-year.
Both television makers will embed the Skype technology in television models with Internet connections and will sell separate Web cameras that have built in microphones for television viewers who want to use Skype.
Skype said Panasonic will support Skype in its VT and G series televisions, with screen sizes up to 65 inches. LG will embed Skype in 26 new LCD and plasma screen TVs, which will also come in a range of sizes. Both LG and Panasonic are expected to demonstrate the service this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual gadget showcase in Las Vegas.
Skype also plans to announce support for high-definition video services on computers at the t e c h n o l o g y show, including p a r t n e r s h i p s with makers of high-definition Web camera suppliers face Vision and In Store Solution.
High-definition Skype services will work on computers with a 1.8Ghz processor and a h i g h - s p e e d b r o a d b a n d connection of about 1 megabits per second upward, Skype said. REUTERS

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