Skype HD Video Calling Coming to Your PCs and HDTVs

skypeSkype has revealed new video-calling software offering 720p high-definition (HD) calls on PCs and internet-connected widescreen TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show 2010 held in Las Vegas. An average of 34 per cent of Skype-to-Skype calls now include video.

The recently released Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows software can deliver up to 720p HD-quality video calling at 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and up to 30 frames per second (fps).

Consumers will require a high-speed broadband connection, a new HD webcam, a PC with at least a 1.8GHz processor and Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows. Pricing for HD webcams is predicted to be from $120.

Skype software is set to be embedded into the 2010 range of Panasonic’s new range of VieraCast internet-enabled high-definition televisions and LG’s 26 new web-enabled LCD and plasma screen HD TVs that feature NetCast Entertainment Access.

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The HD webcam would be able to pick up sound and video across a sizeable distance, so users would be able to have a video conversation from the comfort of their sofa.

These new HDTVs will deliver familiar Skype features including:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls
  • Calls to landline or mobile phones at Skype’s low rates
  • The option to receive inbound calls via a user’s online Skype number
  • Skype voicemail, if it is set up
  • Being invited to participate in voice conference calls with up to 24 other parties
  • Support for up to 720p HD video calls, depending on the availability of high-speed broadband and a HD webcam

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