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Logitech TV Cam Offers Video Calling on Skype-Enabled Panasonic VIERA HDTVs in Europe

 

Logitech, Panasonic and Skype to Deliver Up To 720p HD Video Calling in the Living Room

BERLIN, Germany – 1 September 2011: Taking another step toward making a video call from the comfort of your couch, Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) today announced at IFA 2011 that the Logitech® TV Cam for Skype™ is expected to be available across Europe in November 2011. 

The Logitech TV Cam for Skype is a plug-and-play TV camera that lets you make and receive high-definition video calls directly from select* Panasonic VIERA Connect™-enabled VIERA® HDTVs which feature Skype.

The Logitech TV Cam for Skype lets you make and receive up to 720p high definition video calls directly from Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled VIERA HDTVs — no computer or software-download is required, just connect to the Internet with at least 1 Mbps upload and download speed to start making HD video calls. Using the Logitech TV Cam for Skype is as simple as turning on your TV and selecting the Skype video calling application, which comes preloaded on select Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled VIERA HDTVs.

"You shouldn't have to wait for the holidays, a special occasion or summer vacation to see distant friends and family," said Kevin Simon, director of product management for Logitech’s Digital Home group. "We believe making a video call to loved ones should be easy and natural. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with respected brands such as Panasonic and Skype to make it possible for more people in more households to connect with one another in high definition using their TV from the comfort of their sofa."

The Logitech TV Cam for Skype offers crisp, clear images — thanks in part to Carl Zeiss® optics and Logitech Fluid Crystal™ Technology — delivering video colour and clarity that consumers have come to expect from Logitech webcams and TV Cams. The Logitech TV Cam for Skype also provides a 78-degree wide-angle lens, and two digital, directional microphones that help reduce noise and echoes — perfect for making a video couch call with the whole family.

“Our VIERA Connect service, launched earlier in 2011, offers an innovative and totally personalised home entertainment experience, revolutionising the way consumers are able to interact with their TV" said Fabien Roth, General Manager – Head of TV Group, Panasonic Marketing Europe. "Collaborating with cutting edge brands like Skype and Logitech has enabled us to demonstrate what will be possible on the VIERA Connect platform, and how the VIERA TV is now the centrepiece for home entertainment, connectivity and communication with family and friends. With Logitech and Skype, Panasonic's VIERA Connect Skype-enabled TVs now deliver loved ones near and far right to your living room on a large high definition screen, making staying connected easier than ever."

Once the Logitech TV Cam for Skype is plugged in, you can make TV-to-TV Skype calls, as well as TV-to-PC or Mac calls and vice versa. You can also make video calls from the Logitech TV Cam for Skype to select iPhone™ and smartphones with Skype mobile™.

Access to a broadband Internet connection is required to access VIERA Connect features. There is no fee to use the basic VIERA Connect functionality; however Panasonic is also adding direct billing functionality to its VIERA Connect Market, allowing users of the cloud-based VIERA Connect service to easily and securely purchase applications and physical products directly through their TV. The new service will be being launched across various European territories later in the year.

The Logitech TV Cam for Skype is just one of a range of Logitech products available which are fully compatible with Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled VIERA HDTVs.  Visit the Logitech booth at IFA for further information and product demonstrations.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech TV Cam for Skype is expected to be available for Panasonic VIERA Connect™ -enabled VIERA® HDTVs beginning November 2011 in Europe. The Logitech TV Cam for Skype will be available for a suggested retail price of €149.00 on Panasonic's VIERA Connect Market™ and in stores in selected countries across Europe. For more information on the Logitech TV Cam for Skype, please visit www.logitech.com. For more information on Panasonic's line of VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs, please visit www.panasonic.com.

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech's combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in Switzerland and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company's website at www.logitech.com.

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About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 8.69 trillion yen (€79 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2011. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.


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