Skype 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.
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