Today Skype announced support for Skype video calls on PCs in 720p HD resolution.
The latest version of Skype for Windows can deliver up to 720p HD-quality video calling at 1280 x 720 resolution, at up to 30 frames per second, giving you a smooth and rich video calling experience.
To make an HD video call, you will need a high-speed broadband connection, a new HD webcam, a PC with a 1.8 GHz dual-core processor and Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows.
At CES 2010, faceVsion and In Store Solutions are introducing new HD webcams that are optimized to work with Skype.
In order to make HD video calling available to as many people as possible, the new Skype Certified HD webcams handle the video encoding and processing onboard, removing the need for a high-performance computer to encode the HD video.
faceVsion developed the FV TouchCam N1, an HD encoding webcam optimized for Skype video calling. Two versions of the faceVsion webcam will ship, beginning in February 2010: one with a microphone ($99) and one without ($69). In Store Solutions introduced two new HD encoding webcams, the FREETALK HD PRO ($120) and FREETALK HD PRO PLUS ($140), which will be available in March 2010.
Skype recommends uninterrupted high-speed broadband of at least 1 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth to achieve 720p HD-quality video calls on either a PC or television. You actually might have to upgrade your broadband connection to get 1Mbps upstream bandwidth.
Skype also announced plans to bring Skype video calling to Panasonic and LG TVs in 2010.
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