NEW YORK (AP) – Samsung Electronics Co. will put the software of Internet-based calling and video conferencing service Skype on some of its new high-definition televisions so users can make voice calls and video calls through the devices.
"Our consumers want their televisions to be a 'one-stop shop' for entertainment and communication," Kevin Kyungshik Lee, vice president of visual display at Samsung, said Thursday.
The Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 televisions featuring the software will ship to Korea Thursday, with plans to be distributed elsewhere during the first half of the year.
Skype video calls will be free, and voice calls between Skype users will not result in a charge either. Calls to traditional landline and mobile telephones will incur minimal costs, according to the companies.
Televisions enabled with Skype software were first featured in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
Samsung is based in Seoul, Korea. Skype was sold for about $2 billion by eBay Inc. in November to an investor group that included Skype's founders.