updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue May 18, 2010
Skype video calls come to Panasonic TVs
Panasonic on Tuesday made good on an earlier promise to bring Skype video chats onto its Internet-capable Viera HDTVs. At the same time, Panasonic's Skype-enabled TY-CC10W communication camera has gone on sale. Using the camera tied into a compatible Panasonic allows Skype to place free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls.
Users make the calls using their TV remotes, and a sufficiently fast Internet connection can handle calls up to 720p at 22 frames per second. Compatible TVs include theVT25, VT20, G25, and G20 Series. Audio-only conferencing works with up to 24 other people.
The TY-CC10W costs $170. It connects over a USB port and has four unidirectional microphones along with echo-canceling.