Skype Adds 720p, HDTV Support

The online voice and video conferencing service Skype is moving into the HD world with support for 720p-resolution video chat and built-in video chat support in new LG and Panasonic HDTVs.

Computer-based high definition video chat support is currently limited to the latest Skype 4.2 beta for Windows, but offers 1280x720 resolution at up to 30 frames per second. HD video chatting requires 1.8GHz dual core processor, a broadband Internet connection, and an HD Webcam -- which should be available some time in early 2010.

Skype goes HD

Skype-ready HDTVs from LG and Panasonic will include embedded Skype software that supports Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls, Skype phone calls, Skype voicemail, and voice conference calls. Both companies plan to offer HD Webcam accessories for their televisions.

LG will be rolling out its new HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access lineup in Spring 2010 and includes 26 LCD and plasma TVs with Skype support. Panasonic's VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs with Skype support will launch in Spring, too.

Skype-enabled HDTV sets from LG and Panasonic will be on display at CES 2010.