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Skype reaches the living room via HDTVs

Company's free online phone service will be embedded in Internet-connected HDTVs from Panasonic and LG Electronics.

Panasonic Viera HDTV with Skype
Panasonic's Viera HDTVs will offer Skype for voice and video calling. Business Wire

Skype is embedding its service on a bevy of HDTVs, the company said Tuesday, adding that it is supporting high-definition video calls in the 720p HD format on PCs.

With the moves, the free online phone service is aiming to make video conferencing something that can be conducted from the living room while making high-definition connections mainstream.

Skype said its latest Windows version can deliver HD calls as long as people have an HD Webcam and a chip running at least 1.8GHz. The HD Webcams are expected to be unveiled at CES for early 2010 arrival.

More interesting is Skype's distribution move to embed its service on Internet-connected HDTVs from Panasonic and LG Electronics.

Read more of Skype goes living room, embeds on LG, Panasonic HDTVs at ZDNet's Between the Lines.