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August 08, 2012

Logitech Intros Skype Video Calling to HDTV

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Talking to your friends through your TV is no more than a dream, and Logitech (News - Alert) has teamed up with Skype to make it happen.

The companies have rolled out new high-definition TV camera called LogitechTV Cam HD, with built-in Skype (News - Alert) capability that operates on any HDTV with HDMI input.

Users who wish to chat with their friends can utilize Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity with their Skype-enabled HDTV. This setup does not need any additional software or computer, and entails easy and quick installation.

Users have to use a simple, bundled remote controller to the Logitech TV Cam HD to call anyone using Skype on any platform, whether they’re on their smartphone, tablet, HDTV or computer. The user then signs into Skype with his/her existing Skype Name, or creates a new account on the HDTV, to make Skype video call from the comfort of their couch.

“Amazing connections happen when the video calling experience moves to the TV in the living room: the most popular and comfortable place in the house,” said Joerg Tewes, vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group. “Because of the size of the TV screen and the quality of the video, the new Logitech TV Cam HD with Skype brings a whole new social element to the living room, helping you feel like your family and friends are right there with you. It’s a transformative experience.”

Those interested can also use Skype on the Logitech TV Cam HD to call landline or mobile numbers using their account’s Skype Credit or calling subscription. The Logitech TV Cam HD comes with an inherent ringer and four microphones to help reduce noise and echoes for enhanced audio quality.

“Our mission is to make Skype calling part of consumers’ everyday routine by ensuring it is accessible to everyone at any time and from anywhere,” said Bob Rosin, head of business development for Skype. “The affordable and simple-to-use Logitech TV Cam HD is a great way for the whole family to share everyday moments through Skype with others near and far – right from their living room.”

The Logitech TV Cam HD is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in August and September 2012, respectively, for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

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Edited by Braden Becker


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