Make a Skype call through your TV
New Samsung broadband HD TVs come with built-in Skype software to make voice and video calls
Samsung has just released new high-definition television models that come with built-in Skype software, allowing customers to place video and voice calls through their television.
Using the TVs' remote controls, customers can create free Skype accounts, log into their existing accounts and navigate using the Skype interface accessible on the televisions' screens. Voice and video calls between Skype users are always free, while nominal charges are applicable when calling traditional landlines and mobile phones using the service.
The new Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series model with Skype will be shipped to the Korean market today, and worldwide in the first half of 2010. Unfortunately, both companies were unable to confirm exactly when the product would be available in the Middle East.
"Our consumers want their televisions to be a ‘one-stop shop' for entertainment and communication delivered with the highest quality," said Kevin Kyungshik Lee, VP of Visual Display at Samsung Electronics. "Including Skype on our TVs meets that expectation perfectly. We're thrilled that Samsung's consumers can now use our TVs to experience the rich video and voice communication that hundreds of millions of Skype users worldwide enjoy."
The LED 7000 and 8000 series televisions include Samsung's free Internet@TV service, which allows access to select online content. Consumers who connect the TVs to the Internet and attach a special TV Camera for Samsung by In Store Solutions (ISS), which will be available at the Skype web store.
"Increasingly Skype users want to communicate away from their computers, particularly when it comes to video calling," said Jonathan Christensen, General Manager of Platform at Skype. "Thanks to Samsung, Skype is helping even more friends and families benefit from the meaningful connections that Skype's video and voice calling provides."