Skype brings conversations to the big screen

Skype is coming to the big screen that is your home flat-screen HDTV. On Tuesday, Skype announced deals with LG and Panasonic to pair Skype software with new HDTVs. Panasonic's VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs are set for a Spring 2010 launch, while LG Electronics HDTVs equipped with NetCast Entertainment Access will also be released this spring. Both will include embedded Skype software.

Models featuring the software allow users to make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls. Calls to other landline or mobile numbers qualify for Skype's low rates. Families can interact coast to coast from the comfort of their home, eliminating the need for costly travel or phone packages. Working from home? Enjoy a video conference with up to 24 other parties.

Skype's collaboration with LG and Panasonic continues Skype's quest to dominate the video chat market by providing a low-cost way for individuals to interact. Also announced today is support for 720p video calls on the PC. New HD cameras from third parties allow software encoding to take place within the camera.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Mom and Dad's questions from a distance.

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