Microsoft today announced a new solution for broadcasters called Skype TX. This new product is a result of Skype’s recent acquisition of long-time broadcast partner Cat and Mouse. Skype TX is studio grade software that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast and media productions with people around the world. Microsoft has even built a website called Skypeinmedia.com which showcases examples of how Skype has been used in media to enhance the broadcast experience.
•Powerful – Seamlessly adds full-frame Skype video and audio via SDI.
•Responsive – User experience is optimized for broadcast workflow with API integration and call management.
•Quality – A single, integrated production grade system to deliver professional audio and video calls. Skype video feeds processed into broadcast formats: •Free of audio/visual distractions such as call notifications and ads.
•HD-SDI Video output/input
•Balanced audio output/input
•Auto aspect ratio conversion
•Total control – Empowers a single operator to manage multi-channel calls and create compelling, new formats with HD-SDI Skype video feeds direct to your switcher.
•Go anywhere – Cost effective for use in studio and outside broadcast integration.
•Reliability – Built for always-on operation in a dynamic environment, including call handling management for multiple, simultaneous Skype calls on one management interface, plus operator previews, auto fall back to still and call quality monitoring.
•Support – Fully supported by a team of specialist Microsoft-trained broadcast technical team.
Access participants around the globe – Powered by Skype,the un-paralleled ability to access and enrich programming content by connecting and transmitting contributors, the world over, right into the heart of the show.
•Access – Real-time access to people from around the world.
•Connections – Richer programming with video connections to stars, experts and audiences.
•Unconstrained by geography – Engineered for the most challenging Internet conditions.
•Content without costs – Connect people via Skype free of transmission cost.
Source: Microsoft Skype blog