LAS VEGAS--Skype, the VoIP video service purchased in 2011 by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), unveiled Skype TX, a broadcast-quality online video service, at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show here.
Skype built TX using technology from its recent acquisition of studio graphics and interactive software provider Cat and Mouse. The product offers full-frame audio and video in broadcast-standard HD-SDI. While Skype is actively demonstrating the product at the NAB show, a release date and pricing have not yet been specified.
Radio and online video programs often use Skype to speak directly with guests or their audience, according to engadget. TX boosts the quality of the video and audio and offers higher reliability than Skype's consumer product, along with technical support from Microsoft.
According to a Skype blog post, the service still contains the most attractive elements of Skype's video calling service, such as the ability to connect almost anywhere an Internet connection exists, regardless of the network's quality, and being able to connect via Skype with no transmission cost.
The provider is profiling the TX service on its Skype in Media site, which offers additional specs on the product and use cases such as linking the Jimmy Kimmel Show across the country with boy band One Direction.
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