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Get together on a free group video call – from the comfort of your sofa

At Skype, we mean it when we say “we love getting friends and family in one place for regular catch-ups.” That’s why we made group video calling free on Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One back in April 2014, and extended support to Windows tablets and Windows 2 in 1 devices a few months later. Today we’re excited to announce Skype 4.0 on TV, allowing you to enjoy a free group video call on your 2014 Samsung Smart TV with built-in camera.

Since the launch of Skype on TV, gone are the days when you and your children needed to cram in front of a webcam to say hi together to your friends. With the new Skype on TV, you can also bring in your friends from anywhere from now on and have a 3-party group video call*. The entire group can see and talk to each other naturally and comfortably — just like you’re all together in the same living room. With the newly added full HD (1080p) support*, one-to-one video calls are also crisper than ever, allowing you and your friends to have a real-time conversation about a TV show, sports game or movie.

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Skype has been partnering with Samsung closely to transform your smart TV into a communication hub. The new Skype 4.0 on TV is being rolled out with a firmware update to your 2014 Samsung Smart TV with built-in camera. To manually check if you have any available updates, just press the Menu button on your remote, and select Support > Software Update, then select Update Now. You can also find more information on the Skype blog to help get you started with the new Skype on TV.

We hope you enjoy the new release. To share your feedback or to get the latest news and tips, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join us on the Skype Community.

 

*3-party group video call and 1080p calling is available on 2014 Samsung Smart TV models with built-in cameras. For 1080p video calls, all users must have compatible HD displays, web cams, the latest version of Skype and sustained internet connection of 1 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth or higher. For group video calling, minimum download / upload speed is 512kbps / 128kbps and we recommend 2Mbps / 512kbps or higher.

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