Skype from your Viera TV21st August 2010     By: Panasonic Media

Panasonic's 2010 line up of VIERA CAST-enabled high definition TVs now allow for voice and video communication over Skype.

Our partners at Panasonic North America provide a great explanation in the video below.


Official New Zealand press release

AUCKLAND, 17th June 2010 - Panasonic, a worldwide leader in High Definition technology and built-in TV web entertainment, today announced availability in New Zealand of Skype on VIERA HDTV's service. Users can access the new feature straight away.

This collaboration takes Skype to another platform, in addition to the computer and mobile phone, which is the technology heart of the home, the television. Skype on your VIERA delivers many familiar Skype features including:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls
  • Calls to landline or mobile phone at Skype's low rates
  • The option to receive inbound calls via a user's online Skype number
  • Skype voicemail, if you have it set up
  • Being invited to participate in voice conference calls with up to 24 other parties

To conduct a Skype video call on a VIERA CAST HDTV, a specially-designed high-performance Panasonic communication camera (model no.: TY-CC10W), which is sold as a separate accessory, is simply plugged into the television. The camera includes a special microphone system that can easily pick up sound from couch-distance. Plus, it will deliver up to 720p high definition video quality depending on the consumer's internet bandwidth.

Panasonic's VIERA CAST feature has been widely acknowledged for its distinctive internet application, allowing the consumer to view target sites on a large HDTV, rather than a small computer screen. VIERA CAST is accessed via a single button on the television remote control and there is no fee to use the VIERA CAST functionality.

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