Using accessory camera, new models will enable internet video calling

Panasonic has announced that its new 2010 Viera CAST TVs, to be launched at this week's CES in Las Vegas and on sale in the Spring, will allow voice and video calls to be made over the Skype network.

Skype on your Viera will use an accessory camera/microphone unit to be offered as an option by Panasonic.

It will allow free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls, low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles, the ability to receive calls via an online Skype number and Skype voicemail.

The camera will be capable of delivering 720p video, subject to internet bandwidth, and has a microphone specially designed to give clear speech from 'couch distance'.

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