Skype, Panasonic, LG announce team-up

The trickle of CES news is starting to work its way to flood
status. Skype may have the lock of surprising announcements so
far, though.Skype  

The Internet communications company has announced a team-up with both Panasonic and LG that will let owners of Internet-enabled TVs from those manufacturers make voice
and video calls from those sets. The service is expected to roll out this
spring.

“The addition of Skype to our VIERA CAST offerings truly
takes HDTV connectivity to a whole new level,” said Bob Perry, Vice President
of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company in a statement.
 “Owners
can now not only share photos and videos online; with Skype they can also talk
to family and friends from the comfort of their living room.”

The catch here is that to use the service, you’ll need to buy
a specially designed camera for the TV, which is plugged into the TV – and delivers
video quality of up to 720p, depending on your broadband connection.

No price was given for that camera from either manufacturer. 

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