Samsung Unveils HDTVs With Skype

Skype software allows users to make video and voice calls directly on new Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series televisions.

As seen at CES 2010, Samsung and Skype have officially announced that the new Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series models of HD televisions will feature embedded Skype software allowing Skype users to make video and voice calls through the TVs.

The Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series televisions include Samsung’s free InternetTV service, which allows access to select online content. Consumers who connect the TVs to the Internet can attach a low-profile Freetalk TV camera, making it possible to place and receive voice calls and what are said to be high-quality video calls. Voice calls will use Skype’s Silk audio codec, which enables super-wideband audio quality.

Using the TVs’ remote controls, consumers can create free Skype accounts, log into their existing accounts and navigate via a simple Skype interface accessible on the televisions’ screens. Skype video calls will be free, as will voice calls between Skype users. Using Skype to call traditional landline and mobile phones will cost just pennies per minute.

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