Skype is delving into HD video for it’s VoIP calls, with the introduction of a 720p stream.  Now the technical specifications for the system needed to run the new beta HD Skype are not too onerous; most laptops sport the hardware that is required.  The kicker is the bandwidth needed to send 720p video, which is at least 1MB.  Most ISPs offer download speeds well above that, but thanks to the popularity of asynchronous DSL the upload speeds offered are usually under 1MB, even on the highest speed plans available. If you want to start sending HD video to others, you are may need to shop around for better upload speeds.  Drop by The Inquirer for their view on this new beta.

“VOICE OVER IP OUTFIT Skype has introduced a version of Skype for Windows that can deliver up to 720p HD quality video calling at 1280×720 resolution and up to 30 frames per second.

All you will need is a high-speed broadband connection, a new HD webcam, a PC with at least a 1.8GHz dual-core processor and Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows.”

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