Skype is just blowing up. It's easily the most popular VoIP
the market today, and it's trickling out to products that Skype
probably never assumed it would from the get-go. Just a year after
Skype came to HDTVs everywhere, Panasonic
is now expanding their service
by revealing that Skype will also come to Blu-ray players. The expanded
VIERA Cast Blu-ray Disc player lineup includes the ability to make
Skype video and voice calls supported by the FREETALK Conference Camera.
Here's how it works: To access Skype through the Blu-ray Disc player,
you simply click the devoted Skype button on your remote control. You
can also take advantage of other Skype features including: Standby Mode,
which allows users to personalize ring tones; Answering Message, which
allows users to create a personalized message when away; and SD Voice
Mail, which automatically records messages left onto an SD card.
The line's compatibility with Skype allows users to personalize their
entertainment experience to fit their lifestyle and enjoy the benefits
of Skype from any HDTV. The FREETALK camera - with wide-angle lens and
beam-forming microphones - will be available in March at major retailers
and online for $99. Hard to say if it's worth $99 to Skype from your
TV, particularly when you can already do it on most phones and tablets,
but then again -- big screen Skyping does sound fun...