New camera system brings Skype video calls to Samsung C7000 & C8000 Series LED TVs
GERONA, SPAIN (May 18, 2010) — Consumer electronics
brand FREETALK today announced availability of the FREETALK®
TV, a groundbreaking camera system that enables consumers to make voice and
video calls through their high-definition televisions. Created for Samsung’s premium
C7000 and C8000 series of LED HDTVs
featuring the Skype App accessible through Samsung Apps, the FREETALK TV system
video calling from your living room at affordable consumer prices.
consumers and business people have already installed these cutting-edge
2010 Samsung LED
televisions in their homes and offices. These TVs feature Samsung
Apps, the world’s first app store for TVs and Blu-ray players. Now, they can add the FREETALK TV
to enable video and audio conferencing capability and/or make and receive voice
calls using Skype from their couch, easy chair, desk, or conference room as
easily as they would using their
PC – all at prices that make true-to-life video communications
affordable for everyone.
more than half a billion registered users around the world utilizing Skype on
their computers or mobile phones, and we wanted to give them a uniquely
personal way to take the technology one step further,” said Mike Padmore, Product
Manager for FREETALK. “The FREETALK TV is transformational technology that will
empower consumers to use their television as a contemporary videophone. By
working hand in hand with Skype and Samsung, we have been able to deliver a
breakthrough video calling solution to consumers at a very low cost.”
Simplicity is a major benefit of the FREETALK TV. The camera system quickly and easily mounts magnetically to the television, and utilizes a USB cable for connectivity so that nothing detracts from the stylish design of these ultra slim TVs. Using the TV remote control, consumers can create free Skype accounts, log into existing accounts, and navigate via a simple Skype interface on the television screen.
feature is the system’s affordability. While many high-end videoconferencing
products are priced at thousands of dollars, the FREETALK TV camera
for as little as $149 USD (
Download FREETALK-7180-Prices), providing a cost-effective solution for
consumers who want to make video calls from their televisions. In addition, Skype
video calls are free, as are voice calls between Skype users. Consumers who use
the FREETALK TV camera system and Skype to call landlines or mobile phones are
charged only pennies per minute or as part of their Skype subscriptions.
The FREETALK TV features a state-of-the-art video camera that creates VGA video, with up to 30 frames per second using H.264 video compression and Wide Video Graphics Array (WVGA) display resolution. The affordable, lightweight system features four unidirectional high quality microphones. This allows users to talk freely and clearly from up to four meters (over 13 feet) away from the television. Voice calls placed through the FREETALK TV utilize Skype’s SILK audio codec, which enables the wideband audio.
TV brings Skype voice and video calling to people in the comfort of their
living rooms,” said Ed Botterill, certification manager for Skype. “We’re
thrilled to extend Skype beyond computers and allow people to connect with
family and friends through their television – at a much lower price than
competing room-based video conferencing systems.”
In Store Solutions is a partner merchant for the Skype Shop globally.
information about the FREETALK TV or to order a unit through the Skype Shop,
About In Store Solutions
In Store Solutions is a channel innovator that enables manufacturers and service providers to regain control of their brands and leapfrog the inefficiencies of legacy distribution. Utilizing its high-performance web commerce platform, In Store Solutions enables companies to quickly implement their own branded online stores and sell across borders to over 181 countries, in 44 currencies and 41 languages – all through a single licensing agreement.
In Store Solutions then
merchandizes those stores, with synergistic products and cross-selling
opportunities, all without sacrificing the primary brand’s supremacy. Additionally,
the company’s “imagineering” team identifies new and untapped market opportunities
while creating product innovations specifically designed to leverage and extend
its clients’ brands.
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. Every day, people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. Download Skype to your computer or mobile phone at skype.com.
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.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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