Samsung TVs join the Skype lineup

Skype’s (www.skype.com) march to conquer the living room and consumers continues.  Samsung and Skype announced that Samsung’s latest and greatest broadband HDTVs will feature embedded Skype software for voice and video calls.

The new Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series models are shipping with Skype software today in Korea and worldwide in the first half of 2010, saith the press release.  At CES in January, Skype had Panasonic and LG lined up as the first cool kids on the block with voice and video calling.

Consumers will attach a FREETALK TV Camera for Samsung to the TV; the LED 7000 and 8000 series boxes already include Samsung’s free Internet@TV service allowing access to select online content.

Voice calls will use the SILK codec, according to the release – a statement which pretty much puts to bed the debate if Skype on TV can/will support SILK and HD voice…

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