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Panasonic and LG to Launch skype Integrated Television Sets

You have something new to watch on your TV on the living room i.e. your relatives and friends from around the world.

Soon there will be the integration of the free online calling service Skype into the internet connected high definition televisions. This announcement came from the two leading top television manufacturers i.e. Panasonic and LG electronics. The announcement came in the consumer electronic show 2010.

There is a line up of the plasma TV from Panasonic that revolves around the company’s 3D compatible TC-PVT25 series, TC-PG25 series and TC-PG20 series. The sets have pairs of USB ports that connect to optional Wi-Fi dongle or to an external keyboard thus making all the internet services easier to access.

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This feature is very significant. Similar to other HDTV announced at the CES 2010 show, plasma qualify for energy star 4.0, thus there is less power consumption, more savings and also a greener environment for the users.


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The Skype service on a TV will work the same as it does on a PC, but with limitations posed by current technology and consumer budget. Once you answer a Skype call, your TV program pauses because the processor integrated in the television set is not powerful enough to allow chatting and watching a TV show at the same time.

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There will be special designed web cameras for the Skype enabled TV sets which will cost 100 dollars to 200 dollars. They will come from Panasonic based in Japan and LG based in South Korea. The cameras customization will be a distance ranging from the TV and the viewer.

TVs that are capable of connecting to internet have been able to access limited number of online services e.g. Yahoo widgets which offer updates on the news and the weather or even streaming movies service from Netflix. The identity of the primary screen in the house is trying to be changed by makers of TVs and this is done by making the TV set function like a personal computer and adding more internet services to it.

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