Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Aug 2010 06:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've seen it so many times in the movies and TV: a person wakes up in this futuristic world, walks by his kitchen, and a computerized voice is telling him that someone is calling him. But instead of picking up a receiver, the call is actually a video-call, and his TV is used for the conversation. If you put 2 and 2 together, this is not really that futuristic. Having a camera attached on your TV, and a VoIP SIP or Skype connection with it, is not mad science. So why don't we already have this on our TVs?
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RE: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by elektrik on Mon 16th Aug 2010 18:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by mtzmtulivu"
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The problem is not multiple protocols, the problem is bandwidth. How much up/down connection speed will it be necessary to have a smooth video chat with enought quality to look acceptable on a (big) tv?

The problem is most definitely *not* bandwidth in this day and age-that may have been true as early as 5 years ago, but with the wide availability of broadband, that's a non-issue. Most VoIP protocols have compression built-in...

As a former QA Engineer at a (now defunct)VoIP/video chat company, I believe it is mostly what people have been posting-they have no desire to be on 'tv'. There seems to be a stigma involved with getting on video (akin to making sure you are appropriately dressed to open the door when someone rings the bell)....

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