Samsung HDTV’s with Embedded Skype Announced

Samsung have announced that they will be launching new HDTV’s that have broadband capabilities and Skype software embedded in to them. When the TV’s are connected up to the internet it allows for Skype calls to be made over the TV.

The next HDTV’s to get this functionality are the Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series which as well as allowing voice calls will also allow video calls with the appropriate webcam attachment.

The debut of Samsung’s Skype-enabled televisions reinforces Skype’s commitment to making its video and voice calling capabilities available on a full range of Internet-connected devices, including TVs. Televisions with built-in Skype software were first introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010.

The Skype software is controlled via the TV’s remote control where users can create new accounts or log in to current accounts to access lists of their friends and family. The Skype service works the same way as it does on a computer or mobile phone in that video calls to other Skype users are free and Skype to Skype calls are also free, whereas SkypeOut calls do cost, but generally are cheaper than a regular land line.

We should see the new Skype HDTV’s launched soon. Via: Skype

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