Skype? - One can dream.

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Skype? - One can dream.

Postby hotw00 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:23 am

The New York Times has an article about Skype being integrated into consumer electronics, such as Panasonic and LG HDTVs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/techn ... 5hdtv.html

As far as I know, there wouldn't be a hardware technical limitation for the Roku box to deliver such capabilities either in its current HD XR model via USB camera or in a future Roku DVP box.

I've never been quite pleased with video chat on a laptop/desktop. Using a TV might be a tipping point for more widespread use of the technology.
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Postby phelantodd » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:30 am

I was just about to post about this. It would be awesome to have Skype make an app for Roku DVP. I tried to find contact info to send them an email, but haven't yet. While not everyone would adopt this would add another great functionality to our little boxes.
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Postby KennyJ » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:33 am

Do we know how Skype data is transmitted? Currently the Roku only allows for things sent through HTTP protocol.
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Postby dupondt » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:54 am

KennyJ wrote:Do we know how Skype data is transmitted? Currently the Roku only allows for things sent through HTTP protocol.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Skype+protocol

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Postby KennyJ » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:18 pm

dupondt wrote:
KennyJ wrote:Do we know how Skype data is transmitted? Currently the Roku only allows for things sent through HTTP protocol.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Skype+protocol

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Thanks... It was more of rhetorical question though. :P
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Postby dupondt » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:13 pm

KennyJ wrote:Thanks... It was more of rhetorical question though. :P

I know. That's why I gave a rhetorical answer :wink:

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Postby Crow550 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:55 pm

Even the HD models could use Skype for viewing calls or getting Skype messages lol.

Talking and video chat would have to be done through the PC or something wireless? LOL!
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Postby billc124 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:03 pm

I use Skype on a daily basis and would not want to use it through my TV or on anything but my iPhone or Laptop. I use it mostly on my iPhone so I can have the lowest minute plan they offer.
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Postby Saqqara » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:31 am

I was just thinking a camera/microphone would be a good use of the usb port on the XR.

I'm not too keen on the local storage idea, UNLESS it can serve as a NAS. I don't need another media device to load up via sneakernet.
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Re: Skype? - One can dream.

Postby kaisho1968 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:39 pm

One of my friends just purchased a 42" HD tv but didn't feel he wanted to spend the high $AMT on the high end TVs that have skype built in....and so he merely connected his laptop via HDMI to his TV (with wireless home network) just when he wanted to skype....and its AWESOME. Anyone who skypes on laptop should try this....better camera angle, better view. nothing short of awesome. He also has a logitech 720p videocam give this a try until someone is smart enough to figure the Roku thing out!!!!!
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Re: Skype? - One can dream.

Postby krisbee » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:45 am

The overhead to SEND the video in linux is just too much. I have to do quite a few kludges to get my video camera to work in linux skype. So many cameras, low memory on Roku - I just don't think it would be possible to send.

However, to receive, that might be different...
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Re: Skype? - One can dream.

Postby krisbee » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:46 am

Oh, and why would I want to receive and not send? Nannycams, cams on grandpa in the other room, etc. I could initiate a call, autoconnect, and be able to see on my tv... that would be nice :)
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Re: Skype? - One can dream.

Postby markusd » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:05 am

You could always use a tablet or laptop for local vid and figure out a way to transmit the remote vid to the roku... thats what I would do because if I am in a skype call I can see the person on tv that way.
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