Friday, August 3rd 2012

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

Today Logitech 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.
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8 Comments on Logitech to Deliver True-to-Life Skype Video Calling in the Living Room

#1
remixedcat
why make this when they need to spend more money making thier crappy headsets better... ???


this is coming from someone who owns 8 logitech products.... my mouse,KB,speakers are great... but thier headsets.... nope. mics pick up background noise too much.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: remixedcat

this is coming from someone who owns 8 logitech products.... my mouse,KB,speakers are great... but thier headsets.... nope. mics pick up background noise too much.
I have the H555 and it works very well and is very comfortable.
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#3
Mussels
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this isnt a bad idea actually, making a webcam that is generic for all HDTV's.
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#4
WhiteLotus
I like it a lot, but for $200. Ha ha ha ha no.
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#5
nascasho
For that price it should also include like two free years of Skype premium. :)
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#6
KonstantinDK
by: nascasho
For that price it should also include like two free years of Skype premium. :)
Yes, At least for first couple years to putsh this product ti the market. Hardly any1 has cams on TVs yet.
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#7
remixedcat
by: Frick
I have the H555 and it works very well and is very comfortable.
can people hear case fans or your AC running?
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#8
Completely Bonkers
Great product. Albeit a bit expensive.

I just paid a nasty premium for a Samsung SMART TV to have the skype app to video-talk with family overseas. I bought this model of TV solely for skype!

But the app within the SMART TV is crap - nothing like the "real" skype we get on a PC or Mac - and also the TV's inbuilt camera quality is quite poor... and certainly not worth the premium I paid for the samsung.

In hindsight I would have much preferred the logitech system... and "always on" even when the TV is off is a great idea.
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