Who wants voice-over IP calling on their TV? If you raised your hand, Samsung is set to introduce a pair of new LED TVs that are perfect for you.
Samsung Electronics and Skype today announced that the upcoming LED 7000 and LED 8000 TV sets from Samsung will include an embedded version of Skype's calling software. Users will be able to send and receive calls directly from their TV without the need for a monthly phone service.
It is a further addition to the constantly expanding trend of TVs that come with embedded software. Instead of relying on set-top boxes or external cables, more and more features are being made accessible through the TV hardware itself.
"Our consumers want their televisions to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for entertainment and communication delivered with the highest quality," said Kevin Kyungshik Lee, VP of "Visual Display" at Samsung.
The user interface will be designed to work with simplistic remote control operations. Users will be able to do everything, including creating their own Skype account, right from the TV. And if you connect a camera to the TV you will even be able to make video calls.
Samsung is the latest manufacturer to announce Skype TV integration. LG and Panasonic both also announced the feature at last month's CES.
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