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Video Conferencing Via Your Smart TV



Weíve all heard of Skype, but what about video conferencing via your home TV? Albeit the newest innovation on the block, the idea is roughly the same. However, rather than engaging your friends or family over your computer, people all over the world will soon be able to video chat directly through their Smart television set.

This was an obvious next step for technology to take. After all, if you can watch TV over your phone, why not be able to make phone calls on your TV. And thatís exactly how it works. If youíve ever been on Youtube via your smart phone and gotten an incoming call, then it should be no stretch of the imagination for you to picture yourself watching an episode of your favorite television show when you see an incoming video conference request from your mom pop up on the screen.

As frightening as that idea might be to some, to most this provides the average American family with all the luxuries of a business conference center, right in the comfort of their own living rooms. Currently, businesses utilize video conferencing to expedite decisions that normally require a face-to-face meeting, thereby dramatically cutting down on both the time and travel expenses that would usually be involved in the process. But businesses arenít the only place where this luxury can be valuable.

If youíre anything like me, you moved as far away from your family as you could at the first opportunity. And while this is great for the vast majority of the year, those holiday trips home can put a strain on your gas money, your car, and your all too important patience, just when you need it most (The holidays). And while Skype is a decent option to avoid all this, it just isnít a reasonable option in most cases. After all, how many of your parents and grandparents are computer literate, own camera and microphone accessories, and donít have a problem with only meeting you for the holidays on a twenty inch computer screen in their home office?

Even if you only use Skype to video chat with old friends, it usually requires you calling in advance to set up a good time. But with home phones falling to the wayside in the wake of a cellular revolution, video conferencing via your home TV seems to be the first legitimate replacement to the golden era of, ďI have to stay home because Iím waiting on a phone call.Ē

Depending on the success of Smart TV video conferencing, the future could bring equally incredible opportunities for businesses and families alike. Printer accessories could allow families to send holiday cards to one another complete with money deposited directly into their accounts (Because who keeps the card anyway, right?). Businesses could feel comfortable giving interviews via TV, wasting less time in the rejection process, or, to be more optimistic, providing employees with that feeling of credibility thatís currently lacking in an internet world filled to the brim with online scams.

Although we still have time before TV sets will be prepackaged with this technology built in, the video conferencing equipment should be available for consumers to purchase and self-install by November. The price range looks to be between $599 and $898.88 depending on the desired video quality, and there is a monthly fee of around $24.99.

Best Buy has already confirmed that it will be selling the various name brands, so be prepared for some fun holiday lines around the block. Still there is no reason not to think that plenty of other electronic stores will also hop on the train, and soon enough, every home phone on your block might be replaced with video conferencing via your home TV.
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