Microsoft Brings Free Skype Group Video Calling to Samsung Smart TVs
A new update enables owners of select Samsung televisions to conduct free, wide-angle video calls with multiple Skype users.Microsoft announced on Jan. 16 Skype 4.0 on TV, an update for 2014 Samsung Smart TVs that enables three-party video calls and borrows one of the Xbox One's features. "Today we're excited to announce Skype 4.0 on TV, allowing you to enjoy a free group video call on your 2014 Samsung Smart TV with built-in camera," said Tom Huang, a Microsoft product marketing manager, in a Jan. 16 blog post. Like in the Xbox One implementation, the app allows for a wider view of the action. No longer are users required to huddle around a Webcam. "The entire group can see and talk to each other naturally and comfortably—just like you're all together in the same living room," Huang said. "With the newly added full HD (1080p) support, one-to-one video calls are also crisper than ever, allowing you and your friends to have a real-time conversation about a TV show, sports game or movie." Video calls can consist of up to three Skype users. The app is part of a firmware update for 2014 Samsung Smart TVs with built-in cameras. Owners who have connected their sets to the Internet will receive a notification that an update is available. (A step-by-step guide is available in a separate Skype Blog post.)
To get the most out of Skype's high-resolution video calling features, participants will need to make sure that their tech and Internet connections are up to the task.