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Can You Watch Skype In HD On the iPhone & iPad?
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Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I just bought a new iPad and I'm eager to use Skype to call my relatives around the country. But will the video be in HD or will it look kinda crappy? -- Kristen, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.

Kristen, for those not familiar with Skype, it permits you to engage in video phone calls over the Internet. The service is growing in popularity because any Skype call between two Skype account holders is free.

Note: You will need an Internet connection with a minimum speed of 500 kpbs (and 1.2 Mbps for high-def) and a Skype account which you can set up at

And as to your question, Microsoft, which owns Skype, this week updated its apps to enable high-def video Skype calls on both the iPhone and the iPad.

Note: the high-def video will be 720p, which is not quite as crystal-clear as 1080p, but a clear improvement over what the smart phone and tablet offered previously.

PC World Magazine writes that you will need iOS 5 on your iPhone or iPad to run the HD-enabled Skype service.

By the way, several new TVs also come with web cameras inside, which enable you to set up a Skype account and participate in video chats right on your set. For example, check out this Samsung 46-inch LED TV.

You also can set up a Skype camera directly to any HDTV's HDMI port so you can make high-def phone calls on your set.
This Logitech camera would do the trick.

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