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
- 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.