Skype is a recent addition to Panasonic's VIERA CAST, an innovative feature on the TV which allows users to access online content directly from the living room via an Internet connection without using a computer, allowing owners to make free Skype-to-Skype calls from their large screen TV.

To help get you underway, we have put together a short guide on how to setup Skype on your Viera TV.

 

Preparation

With Skype™ on your TV, you can enjoy free Skype - to - Skype voice and video calls from your VIERA TV.

  1. Connect the Communication Camera (TY-CC10W) to your VIERA TV that has a USB port.
  2. Connect the Communication Camera to your VIERA TV directly with the USB cable. Do not use a USB hub.
  3. Connect your VIERA TV to a broadband internet service such as fiber-optic cable internet.
  4. Using a wireless LAN may cause a deterioration in image quality.
  5. Skype on Your TV cannot be activated while recording a TV program. Stop the recording to use Skype.
  6. It is free to create a Skype account and make Skype - to - Skype voice and video calls.

For more detailed Skype information, please visit the official website: http://www.skype.com

 

Getting Started

  1. Connect the Communication Camera to your VIERA TV.
  2. Access to VIERA CAST, and select Skype.
  3. Create a free Skype account (if you don't have one).
  4. Sign into Skype.
  5. Add your friends to your contact list.
  6. Select a contact and start a video call.

 

Sign In

  1. Press the VIERA CAST button on the remote control.
    • The VIERA CAST screen is displayed.
  2. Select Skype.
    • The Skype welcome screen is displayed.
    • If a message asking you to connect a camera is displayed, check the camera connection.
  3. Select "Get started".
    • The account confirmation screen is displayed.

 

Create a free Skype Account

If you already have a Skype account:

  1. Select "Yes" and enter the sign in screen.

If you do not already have a Skype account:

  1. Select "No" and enter the registration screen.
    • It is free to create a Skype account. 
  2. Enter your full name, choose a Skype name and password and enter your email address.
    • If a message appears informing you that the entered Skype name is already registered, enter a different name.
  3. The Terms and conditions will appear next and if you agree please tick the box "I agree".
    • If you do not agree to the Terms and conditions, you will not be able to register with Skype.

 

Sign into Skype

  1. Enter your registered Skype Name and Password.
  2. Select "Sign in".
  • When sign in for the first time:
    • Camera preview will be displayed.
    • Adjust the camera position while viewing the preview image.
    • Select "Test call", and then say something to check sound settings.
    • Adjust the TV volume while you hearing your recorded voice from the TV speakers.
    • The test call is available at all times. Select "Echo/Sound Test Service" in the contact list.
  • The next time you sign in:
    • The Skype menu and the contact list will be displayed.
    • To switch to another user account, sign out once and re-sign in again. Select "Sign out" in your Skype Name icon of the Skype menu on the left, and then sign in with another Skype name and password.
  • When ticking the box of "Automatically sign in":
    • Automatically sign in when turning on your VIERA TV.
    • To disable the Automatically sign in function, select Advanced in setting in the menu on the left hand side, and then select "No" for "Automatically sign in". 

 

Using Skype on your Viera TV

 

ADD YOUR SKYPE FRIENDS TO YOUR CONTACT LIST

  • If this is not your first time using Skype, your previously registered contacts will appear.
  • Go to "Add contact" in the Skype menu to add another contact:
  • In the search screen, enter the Skype name of the person you want to add. Once the name appears, select 'add to contact list'
 

 

Making a Free Skype to Skype Call on your Viera TV

  1. Select a contact from your contact list
  2. Select "Video Call".
    • If you want to make a voice call, select "Call".

 

Receiving Skype Calls on your Viera TV

You can receive Skype calls even when watching a TV program or video.

Please note:

  • You cannot receive calls when your are signed out of Skype or your VIERA TV is off.
  • Skype on Your TV cannot be activated while recording a TV program. Stop the recording to use Skype.

 

Skype Video Calling on a Mac & PC

  1. The current Skype for Mac OS application (ver 2.8) and Skype for Linux (ver2.1 beta) do not support video calling from TV's. Skype are working on this and you can find more information on the offical Skype website:  https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA10609/Why-can-t-I-see-the-video-picture-on-my-TV-when-my-friend-calls-using-video
    Please note that this is a limitation of the Skype for Mac OS and Skype for Linux applications and not the Skype application on your TV.
     
  2. If you are Skyping someone on a Windows PC, video calling is only supported by Skype for Windows version 4.2 or later. The current version of Skype for Windows is version 5.1 and we would recommend that Skype for Windows users use the latest version of the application. This can be downloaded from: http://www.skype.com/intl/en/get-skype/on-your-computer/windows

  3. Skype recommends that for video calling, the up speed of the internet connection of both parties needs to be at least 1.2Mbps. If the internet connection speed between you and the person you are calling is not fast enough, video calling may not be possible.

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