CES: Skype from your living room two ways
Gone are the days of specially-branded Skype phones. At CES 2011, Skype offers up two methods for VoIPing with your loved ones from your TV.
LAS VEGAS--If you've never engaged in a VoIP to your friend or loved one in real time on a 50-inch display, your luck could change two ways. First, Skype is extending its lineup of Skype-enabled TVs to include the Sony Bravia and . Those will show up later in 2011.
If buying an HDTV isn't your style, Skype has also announced deals with Panasonic and Sony to include Skype on select Blu-ray players. You'll still need a Webcam for this approach, but as we briefly saw in a Samsung press conference earlier today, Skype has a TV topper camera to sell you,too.
Skype's rapid expansion from its traditional desktop perch to the mobile phone, TV, and now Blu-ray player is a smart way to acquire new users, and the company certainly has the name and the partnerships to back up branching out.
Skype's living room telepresence also takes a swipe atsystem, which costs $599 for the specialized hardware, plus a $24.99 monthly service fee. Skype users will have to contend with the price of new hardware, but the software itself costs nothing.