Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Samsung Readies Broadband HDTVs with Embedded Skype

Samsung Electronics Co. is preparing to launch new LED 7000 and 8000 series high-definition televisions featuring embedded Skype software. This will allow Skype users to make video and voice calls through the TVs. Consumers who connect the TVs to the Internet can easily attach a FREETALK TV Camera for Samsung provided by In Store Solutions (ISS). Voice calls will use Skype's SILK audio codec, which enables super-wideband audio quality. The first models are already shipping in Korea. Worldwide shipments are slated for the first half of 2010.

Skype said the debut of the new Samsung televisions reinforces its commitment to making its video and voice calling capabilities available on a full range of Internet-connected devices.

  • Televisions with built-in Skype software were first introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010.