Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2013)
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Q. I was interested
in getting Skype on my TV and I read that there are TVs that
come with Skype, but some are very expensive. Is there a way to
get Skype on my Blu-ray player? Other alternatives? -- Gia, Miami, Florida. First, for those not familiar
with Skype, it permits you to engage in high-def video phone
calls over the Internet. The service is growing in popularity
because any Skype call between two Skype account holders is
Note: You will need an Internet connection with a minimum
speed of 500 kbps (and 1.2 Mbps for high-def) and a Skype account which you can set up at Skype.com.
Several new TVs 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.
Then, you will need to
purchase a web camera that is compatible with your player. Skype
recommends these three
cameras.You then connect the camera to
the back of your Blu-ray player and set it on top of your TV.
After that, you're ready to go. Turn the camera on and click the
Skype button on screen. The Skype-ready Blu-ray player comes
with Skype software. The on-screen instructions will explain
how you make calls.