Freetalk Brings Skype to Samsung TV’s

Posted by at 10:29 pm on May 19, 2010

Freetalk has announced availability of the Freetalk TV, a camera system that enables consumers to make voice and video calls through their high-definition televisions.   The system  works with  Samsung’s premium C7000 and C8000 series of LED HDTVs featuring the Skype App accessible through Samsung Apps.

Freetalk has made simplicity 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.

Consumers who  have already installed these cutting-edge 2010 Samsung LED televisions in their homes and offices can add the Freetalk TV camera system. It can enable video and audio conferencing capability and/or making and receiving 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.

Another key feature is the system’s affordability. While many high-end videoconferencing products are priced at thousands of dollars, the Freetalk TV camera system sells for as little as $149 USD 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.

“Skype has 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.”

In Store Solutions is a partner merchant for the Skype Shop globally. For more information about the Freetalk TV or to order a unit through the Skype Shop, visit http://www.skype.com/shop.

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