Panasonic announced that its camera attachment which allows a user to make Skype video and voice calls from selected Viera TVs will be available for $199.
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Consumers will now be able to use Skype on 2010 VIERA Cast enabled VIERA TVs simply by connecting the VIERA Skype Camera to a TV with a broadband connection.
Users can access their existing Skype account and contact list (or create a new account), with the ability to make voice and video calls to other Skype enabled hardware including PCs, mobile and fixed line phones and other Skype-ready TVs.
The Skype service is available on VIERA D25 Series LED LCD TVs, S25 Series LCD TVs, and VIERA VT20 and V20 Series Neo Plasma TVs.
The Skype service via VIERA CAST gives users access to regular innovative Skype functionalities, such as the ability to make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls to other Skype-enabled hardware, make calls to landlines or mobile phones , as well as the ability to access Skype voicemail and make voice conference calls with up to 24 other parties.
The VIERA Skype Camera is designed for easy mounting on top of the VIERA TV and connects to the VIERA TV via USB. The camera can capture high quality video from a distance up to 5 metres away, and includes 4 unidirectional microphones for clear video and audio calling.
VIERA Skype Cameras are sold separately and are available from all major retailers. The VIERA Skype Camera has a recommended retail price of $199.