Logitech Brings Skype To Your Living Room With New TV Cam HD

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News Posted: Fri, Aug 3 2012 11:45 AM

Logitech and Skype announced the new Logitech TV Cam HD. This high-definition camera is designed to be connected to any HDTV using an HDMI connection. The camera offers built-in Skype functionality, making it easy for you to connect with friends and family directly from your living room. The TV Cam HD connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi or Ethernet connectivity. A remote control is included with the TV Cam HD. You can use the Logitech TV Cam HD to make Skype video calls or to call landline or mobile numbers using your Skype Credit or calling subscription. The camera features Logitech Fluid Crystal Technology, four microphones, and Carl Zeiss optics for clear audio and video calling. The Logitech TV Cam HD is expected to be available in the US in August for $199.99.

Logitech to Deliver True-to-Life Skype Video Calling in the Living Room

Logitech TV Cam HD Brings Skype Video Calling to Your HDTV

NEWARK, Calif. — Aug. 3, 2012 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) and Skype announced the new Logitech® TV Cam HD, a high-definition TV camera with built in Skype™ capability that operates on any HDTV with HDMI® input, making it easier than ever to share everyday moments through HD Skype video calls from the comfort of your own living room.

With Skype built in and using Wi-Fi® or Ethernet connectivity with your HDTV, there is no additional software or computer required, making installation and use quick and easy. Using a simple, bundled remote controller, the Logitech TV Cam HD lets you call anyone using Skype on any platform, whether they are on their smartphone, tablet, HDTV or computer. Simply sign into Skype with your existing Skype Name, or create a new account on your HDTV, and you are a few clicks away from making a Skype video call from the comfort of your couch. You can also use Skype on the Logitech TV Cam HD to call landline or mobile numbers using your account’s Skype Credit or calling subscription. Plus, the Logitech TV Cam HD is Skype Certified™, ensuring you will have the best-possible Skype calling experience.

“Amazing connections happen when the video calling experience moves to the TV in the living room: the most popular and comfortable place in the house,” said Joerg Tewes, vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group. “Because of the size of the TV screen and the quality of the video, the new Logitech TV Cam HD with Skype brings a whole new social element to the living room, helping you feel like your family and friends are right there with you. It’s a transformative experience.”

“Our mission is to make Skype calling part of consumers’ everyday routine by ensuring it is accessible to everyone at any time and from anywhere,” said Bob Rosin, head of business development for Skype. “The affordable and simple-to-use Logitech TV Cam HD is a great way for the whole family to share everyday moments through Skype with others near and far – right from their living room.”

The Logitech TV Cam HD is easy to set up and works with any HDTV with an available HDMI input. The camera also offers a wide-angle lens developed in conjunction with the German optics specialist Carl Zeiss that gets the whole family in the video call, so everyone from grandparents to grandchildren can move around naturally, compared to a regular computer webcam experience. Thanks to Logitech Fluid CrystalTM Technology and Carl Zeiss® optics, you’ll experience crystal clear sound and sharp, rich video images – even in low light.

The Logitech TV Cam HD features a built-in ringer, so you’ll know when someone is calling – whether your TV is on or off – and the dedicated power supply helps ensure the camera is ready for a call. The Logitech TV Cam HD provides four microphones to help reduce noise and echoes for enhanced audio quality.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech TV Cam HD is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in August and September 2012, respectively, for a suggested retail price of $199.99. For more information please visit www.logitech.com or visit Logitech’s blog.

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Very interesting, however for $200 I can buy a decent netbook with HDMI (like my Acer One Aspire) and hook it up to through HDMI to my TV with a webcam on top as well as allow browsing while sharing screen with the caller. This alternative does seem to make it simpler and get rid of the cords however.

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karanm replied on Fri, Aug 3 2012 8:21 PM

Same as the Google Nexus, useless if you have a HTPC. Can build a decent one for around $400 and get a lot more functionality out of it. My sisters old computer used to work great as a HTPC, my whole family skyped all the time in the living room with a $30 camera that had a built in mic (had to speak a little loud but not a big deal).

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amazing quality, excellent, Logitech showing that they are the best ever!

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CDeeter replied on Fri, Aug 3 2012 10:16 PM

Kind of on the fence with this one. Those Carl Zeiss optics will surely make for nice clear images that I'd imagine are be better than most web cams. I have an older Aspire One ( AO150 w/ N270 Atom 1.5g ram) and while skype runs on it, I wouldn't say it's great. So I can see the appeal, but not as you say, at $200.

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It looks eerily like the Kinect, i own one and though the quality isn't anything like the Logitech's, it is 50 dollars cheaper and can make the Xbox into something more. I play the star wars game all of the time, I see that logitech is trying to put out a powerful webcam but it doesn't really offer that much functionality aside from video chat, in this world of devices space on top of the tv has become incredibly limited and such bulky item really clutters the display especially if say it was lined up next to, say playstation move, Xbox Kinect or even the tiny Wii sensor.

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It's a great technology, i am using since a year to communicate with my loved ones and it's amazing.

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