In the four years since inception, the Skype TX team has worked hard to help push the boundaries of broadcast television, and that hard work has paid off with an Emmy® Award for Technology & Engineering in 2017. We’re humbled by this honor and further motivated to continue providing reporters and entertainers the next level of broadcast innovation.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve probably seen some classic Skype TX broadcast moments. Remember the children who interrupted their dad during a BBC interview? Or when Michelle Obama spoke to girls around the world in a live Glamour broadcast? Or maybe you saw members of One Direction apply toothpaste mustaches during a Skype Scavenger Hunt on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Partners like Vice News, India’s Got Talent, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show have also incorporated Skype TX into their broadcasts. It’s an increasingly indispensable tool for connecting with journalists, field reporters, experts, fans, and creative talent on multiple platforms—at a moment’s notice—without having to send out a camera crew and production team. Contributors simply connect to real-time broadcasts using their Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox, or any other Skype-supported device.
Thanks to this multi-platform solution, integrating studio-grade Skype calls into the production workflow requires less equipment and little setup time, reducing the overall cost and control room footprint. A Skype TX–powered appliance featuring industry standard inputs and outputs is all that’s needed to connect callers to the broadcast.
Skype TX has already been used by over 1,200 broadcasters internationally, including the BBC, CNN, ESPN, and Al Jazeera. That’s a significant share of the voice in the marketplace. We’ve reached 30 percent of top-tier broadcasters and delivered over 20-million minutes of high-quality Skype calls.
More than just industry technology, Skype TX also provides emerging platforms and live events an easy way to professionally manage Skype calls. With an interface that’s familiar to millions of users, this tool hands professionals a simple, turnkey solution. And it is incredibly exciting to see how it has democratized the way program makers, live streamers, and content creators worldwide facilitate real-time conversations—to create news reports, game shows, comedic sketches, and so much more. Anyone can connect, without professional production support, and we feel that’s a contribution to something meaningful.
The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award is a tremendous honor, and we would like to thank the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for this opportunity. We would also like to thank our three partners, Newtek, Quicklink, and Riedel, who developed the hardware to help us reach over 100 countries—as well as the broadcasters, reporters, and Skype contributors from around the world who have helped make this award possible.
You can find more information on Skype TX at media.Skype.com, where you can view case studies as well as other important information on the Skype TX solution.