Skype will halt development of smart TV apps to focus on other clients, but says its up to manufacturers whether they continue to offer software
Skype is ending support for its smart TV applications, claiming the majority of its users access the VoIP service from a mobile device.
While many businesses will have dedicated conference call equipment, this does mean that anyone who wants to make video calls on a large screen will have to connect up a PC, smartphone or tablet from June 2016.
Skype also runs on the Playstation Vita and Xbox One games consoles.
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“Since 2010, Skype has delivered a great calling experience in the living room in partnership with several TV manufacturers,” said the Microsoft-owned firm. “But over the years, users have changed the way they use Skype, with the majority accessing it from a mobile device – including when in the living room.
“We want to make sure we prioritize delivering the best possible experience to the platforms our users are asking for, which is why we’ve decided to focus our efforts in other areas while supporting key functionality on Skype for TV for as long as possible.
“Starting in June 2016, the Skype for TV application will no longer be supported; there will be no updates to the application. This will also affect new account creation and password resets. This will only be available through Skype.com.”
Skype says smart TV manufacturers might continue to offer the application in their respective marketplaces, but it will not receive any updates.
“This may vary depending on the TV model. TV manufacturers may remove the Skype for TV application from some or all of their models,” added Skype. “If you have questions, please contact your TV manufacturer for information on the availability of Skype for TV on your TV model.”
Samsung had told TechWeekEurope that from June 2, its smart TVs will no longer support Skype. We have reached out a number of other manufacturers and will update this article if we receive a response.
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