Skype goes HD! Skype-enabled Televisions


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Skype Ushers in New Era in Face-to-Face Online Video Communication

Skype supports 720p HD video calls on PCs and embeds
Skype software into Internet-connected TVs

LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2010 – Continuing to lead the revolution in face-to-face online video
communication, Skype today announced support for Skype™ video calls on PCs in 720p high
definition (HD), as well as Skype software embedded into Internet-connected widescreen televisions
from its consumer electronics manufacturer partners.

High Definition Skype Video Calling
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 individuals an even smoother and richer video
calling experience. To make an HD video call, users 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.

“With HD-quality Skype video calls, we can bring our users even closer to the ones they love through
an even richer, more meaningful video calling experience,” said Josh Silverman, CEO of Skype.
“Imagine being able to see the sparkle of your grandchild’s eyes or the setting of your best friend’s
engagement ring. Through the innovation of Skype’s engineers and our hardware partners, these
scenarios are now possible without having to buy expensive equipment or software.”

New HD webcams are due to arrive in early 2010. At CES, faceVsion and In Store Solutions introduced
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

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 and one without (pricing is to be announced). 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. Both the faceVsion and FREETALK webcams will be available for purchase
online via the Skype Shop (

Skype-enabled Televisions
Skype is already renowned for popularizing video calling and bringing people closer together through
rich, real-time communication. With Skype embedded into Internet-connected HDTVs, the company is
creating a new experience that will allow people to communicate from the comfort of their living

The new HDTVs will deliver familiar Skype features including:
· Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls
· Calls to landline or mobile phones at Skype’s low rates
· The option to receive inbound calls via a user’s online Skype number
· Skype voicemail, if it is set up
· Being invited to participate in voice conference calls with up to 24 other parties
· Support for up to 720p HD video calls, depending on the availability of high-speed broadband
and a HD webcam

At CES, Skype announced partnerships with LG and Panasonic to offer Skype–enabled HDTVs. Skype
software will be embedded into Panasonic’s line of 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs and LG’s 26
new LCD and plasma HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access™. Both lines are expected to be
available in mid-2010. Both LG and Panasonic will offer specially-designed HD webcams that are
optimized for Skype video calls as separate accessories that can be plugged into the televisions.
These webcams support 720p HD and include special microphones and optics that can pick up
sound and video from a couch-distance.

“The popularity of Skype video calling has increased substantially in recent years with an average of
34% of Skype-to-Skype calls now including video,” added Silverman. “For many people who are video
calling on Skype, they have expressed a desire to communicate with their friends and family from
somewhere comfortable, and preferably on a big screen. Logically, this led to the development of
Skype embedded on HDTVs.”

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.

For more information about Skype-enabled televisions, please visit or view a
demonstration during CES at the Panasonic (Central 9405) or LG (Central 8205) booths.

About Skype
Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use
Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype
users. Everyday, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.
Download Skype to your computer or mobile phone at

Access to a broadband Internet connection is required. Skype is not a replacement for traditional
telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
Skype, associated trademarks and logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.

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