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Panasonic adds Skype calling support to Blu-ray players

updated 08:00 pm EST, Thu January 6, 2011

2011 Panasonic VIERA-Cast Blu-rays get Skype

Panasonic and Skype took the time at CES to announce they have teamed up to add the latter's video calling capabilities to the former's Blu-ray players. No longer relegated just to the company's connected TV sets, the functionality is available on any 2011 VIERA CAST-capable Blu-ray disc player. The biggest advantage of this for consumers is that they no longer need a Panasonic HDTV for this. As before, Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are free, with landline calling and smartphones being charged at Skype's rates.

The ability to conference with up to 24 others is retained. When users aren't home to receive Skype calls, the caller can leave a message. If a message is waiting ,the Blu-ray player will indicate this with a blinking light. The DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, and DMP-BDT110 Blu-ray players do require a connected, Skype-compatible camera.

The Skype video calls afforded by the Blu-ray players support up to 720p resolution at 22fps, which is more than PC users get, at VGA (640x480).

by MacNN Staff



  1. alterseekers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    great news!

    This is really a great new feature from Panasonic. Imagine, you can now enjoy communicating with your friends and relatives through Skype, in the comfort of your own living room . Most of these should be connected wirelessly via WiFi connection, and having a wireless rotuer in your home can really help. Anyway, speaking of wireless routers, if you're looking for a good one, I recommend you check out the Netgear Wireless Router for Video and Gaming. You can use this device to connect computers, gaming consoles, notebooks, or wireless printers, and also your networked home theater devices. You can also use this to stream video and music from a USB drive to media players and DLNA TV's, even without using a computer. Not that's one powerful wireless router for you. For more information about Netgear's Wireless Router for Video and Gaming, check out this site: Enjoy!

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