Skype has added a new feature to its video calling system, the ability to make video calls in HD at 720p on your PC and also on a new range of TVs from various manufacturers.
The latest Skype for Windows can deliver 720p HD video at 1280 x 720, at a rate of up to 30 frames per second, and Skype have launched a new range of HD web camera which is designed to be used with the new service.
With HD-quality Skype video calls, we can bring our users even closer to the ones they love through an even richer, more meaningful video calling experience,” said Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype. “Imagine being able to see the sparkle of your grandchild’s eyes or the setting of your best friend’s engagement ring. Through the innovation of Skype’s engineers and our hardware partners, these scenarios are now possible without having to buy expensive equipment or software.
TV manufacturers LG and Panasonic are launching new TVs which will feature an integrated web camera and also the Skype software so you will be able to make video calls direct from your HDTV.
There are no details on pricing as yet on the new TVs, but the new range of HD web cameras will be available for between $70 and $140.