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Logitech To Introduce Skype TV Cam HD

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    Logitech To Introduce Skype TV Cam HD - Zatz Not Funny! (click for full article)

    "If the FCC and this promo video are any indication, Logitech is poised to unveil a new television-based video conferencing solution. However, unlike their previous entrants into this field, the TV Cam HD doesn't rely on Logitech's video conferencing software (like Google TV) or a tricked out television and offers a stand-alone Skype solution - something akin to TelyHD. Once networked via its Ethernet port or wireless via 802.11g/n, all that's required is a television with a free HDMI port to video chat with friends of family sporting any sort of Skype-equipped device such as an iPhone or tablet.


    Timing is unclear, but Best Buy has the Logitech TV Cam HD pegged at $200 and expected within 30 days. More pressing, is there a sufficiently sized market for this sort of product? Previous attempts haven't fared so well... but our pal Michael Graves has pined for Skype on TiVo for years and perhaps we consumers are ready for a living room sized solution given the success of Apple's Facetime."
     
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    Logitech launches standalone Skype webcam for HDTVs - TechSpot News (click for full article)

    "Logitech has launched a new high-definition camera intended to sit on top of your big-screen television rather than your computer display. The TV Cam HD is the company's first self-contained webcam and Skype client, allowing wide-angle, 720p Skype video calls on your HDTV over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, without the need for a computer or a companion device like their failed Revue Google TV box.


    The webcam features a Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens, letting it capture multiple people on the picture, and four microphones to reduce external noise. Besides Wi-Fi and Ethernet, there's an HDMI-out port to hook up your TV (or anything with HDMI-in) and a power jack for the supplied power adapter.


    The TV Cam HD runs a customized version of Skype and comes with a remote for controlling the software, zooming images in and out, and using the digital pan and tilt functions. The built-in ringer lets you know when someone's calling, whether your TV is on or off, and if nobody answers there's voicemail.


    The TV Cam HD will become available this month in the U.S. for $200 and the next in Europe.


    This isn't the first time Logitech attempts to bring video chat to HDTVs. The ~$60 Logitech TV Cam is aimed at the same market but requires a Skype-compatible HDTV or a companion device like the Logitech Revue Google TV that supports the camera. Several HDTVs from Panasonic, LG, Samsung, and other manufacturers have Skype support built-in but require a separate webcam accessory."


     
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    Hey,

    I have just bought a revue and got it hooked up to my tv - bought it mainly for browising and skype as im in New Zealand and family back in the uk and i have a few problems / questions and was hoping somone can help.

    1. Is there a way to get skype on the revue

    if not i have an Galaxy s2 and and ipod touch - is it possible to use them through the revue for skype?

    thanks for your help
     
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    No. Skype doesn't work with the Revue.

    People on other devices will have to register (it's free) with the Revue video chat program (on the Logitech web site) - in order for you to video chat with them on your Revue. You will only be able to use the special Logitech Revue video cam with your Revue.

    The Logitech Skype TV cam mentioned in this thread is not associated in any way with the Revue.
     
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