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New HD video equipment from Logitech for Skype

New HD video equipment from Logitech for Skype
Enterprise Logitech announced the availability of Logitech® TV Cam for Skype, this is another step toward creating a video call from a plug-and-play TV camera that enables users to forward and receive high-definition video calls directly from Panasonic VIERA Connect™ -enabled VIERA® HDTVs that feature Skype.
New hardware makes and receives up to 720p high definition video calls directly from VIERA HDTVs, meaning that no PC or software-download is required, just connect to the Internet with at least 1 Mbps upload and download speed to start making HD video calls. Using the Logitech TV Cam for Skype is as simple as turning the TV and choosing the Skype video calling application, which normally is being preloaded on 2011 Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled VIERA HDTVs.

"You shouldn't have to wait for the holidays, a special occasion or summer vacation to see distant friends and family," said Joerg Tewes, vice president and general manager of Logitech's consumer video division. "We are sure making a video call to loved ones should be easy and natural.

We welcomed the opportunity to work closely with respected brands such as Panasonic and Skype to make it possible for more people in more households to connect with one another from the comfort of their living room." The Logitech TV Cam for Skype provides impeccably clear images by Carl Zeiss® optics and Logitech Fluid Crystal™ Technology. Camera for Skype also ensures a 78- degree wide-angle lens, and two digital, directional microphones that help reduce noise and echoes – perfect for making a video couch call with the whole family. Only Access to a broadband Internet is needed to get VIERA Connect features.

There is no fee to use the VIERA Connect functionality, but some services such as Netflix Amazon Video On Demand, and league sports sites have a separately imposed fees to view movies and sports events. "The introduction of our first VIERA IPTVs in 2008 and then our first Skype-enabled HDTVs in 2010 elevated the television's place in the home to a whole new level for consumers and changed the way they interact with their TV," said Henry Hauser, Display Group vice president, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

"Collaborating with cutting edge brands like Skype and Logitech has enabled us to push that to even greater heights literally making the HDTV the centerpiece for home entertainment, connectivity and communication with family and friends. With Logitech and Skype, Panasonic's VIERA Connect Skype-enabled HDTVs now deliver loved ones near and far right to your living room in wide screen, high definition making staying connected simple and amazing."

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