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Samsung Gets In On The Skype TV Love

by Sean P. Aune | March 6, 2010March 6, 2010 5:25 pm PDT

It seems that Skype will be popping up on even more televisions this year than we thought at first.

At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January, Skype announced that it was partnering up with LG Electronics and Panasonic to bring its software into your living room via television sets, enabling you to make video calls on a full screen without a computer. As we said back then:

samsungskypeThe new television sets will allow you to place video calls directly from the TV via a 720P HD web cam (sold separately) to anyone else using Skype software whether it be on a computer or TV. You will also be able to pull up your contacts to see who is online, make standard phone calls with the built-in microphones of your camera, free Skype-to-Skype calls and even choose to answer incoming calls to your Skype In number if you so choose.

Well, now you have a third brand that will be bring these features into your home.  Skype has announced that Samsung will also be releasing a model this year with the service built-in.  While the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider had said at the time that it would eventually add more partners to the program, no one expecting it would happen before the first sets had even hit the shelves at big box retailers.

All Samsung series 7000 and 8000 models will carry the feature, and they are already available in Korea, the company’s home country.

As with the LG and Panasonic models, you will need to purchase a separate camera from FREETALK to work with the TV sets.  There will be three models available, ranging in price from $40 to $140.  While it’s unfortunate you will be forced to spend extra for the camera, at least you will have options in quality, which will also let you buy a version that is more suited for your broadband connection speed.

What say you?  Are you excited about the idea of being able to Skype from your television in high-definition?  I for one love the idea, and if I was in the market for a new TV, this would definitely enter into my decision making process.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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