Samsung Web-Enabled TV To Include Embedded Skype

Posted: Feb 25 2010, 9:40am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:43pm CDT, in News | Home Entertainment

 
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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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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.

 

 

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