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January 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM

CES Video: Skype videoconferencing coming to Panasonic TVs

LAS VEGAS — With the new Skype service on Panasonic televisions, families will be able to make free video calls straight from their couches — through their TV.

As with Skype video conferencing on computers, Skype-to-Skype video calls will be free; regular Skype charges will apply to other video calls. You can make video calls to other Skype users on computers and other Skype-enabled televisions.

Check out the video of the demonstration Panasonic had at the Consumer Electronics Show today. The HD camera accessory, which will cost under $200, and television are expected to start selling in March, and Panasonic expects the service to be ready in June. Panasonic will make it available on its V and G series televisions, which start at 42 inches, as part of Panasonic’s Viera Cast Internet TV services.

The televisions must to be connected to the Internet either through an Ethernet connection or a USB wireless router. Here is the news release for more details.

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