Panasonic brings Skype calls to the large screen TV

3 Jun 2010

Consumer electronics giant Panasonic has introduced a new service that allows TV owners to make free video and voice calls from their living room televisions.

From today, Panasonic HDTV owners can make free Skype-to-Skype calls from their large-screen TV, which means they can see family and friends on a large screen from the comfort of their living rooms as they talk to them.

Skype is a new addition to Panasonic’s VIERA CAST, an innovative feature on the TV which allows users to access online content directly from the living room via an internet connection without using a computer, giving users access to YouTube, Eurosport, Google’s Picasa web albums and many more services.

To make a Skype video call, just add a specially-designed high-performance Panasonic HD Communication Camera, sold separately as an accessory.

HD pictures

The camera can broadcast HD pictures in 720p and also includes a special four unidirectional microphone system that can easily pick up sound from couch distance, so all members of the family can take part in a conversation.

The system will be available for Panasonic’s VT20, V20, G20, D28 (37- and 32-inch models) and D25 VIERA TVs and will retail from €150.99.

Photo: The Panasonic HD Communication Camera

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years