Microsoft this morning introduced Skype TX, a new version of its video chatting service, Skype, that’s designed for broadcasters. Described as “studio-grade” software offering high-quality audio and video output, the platform provides broadcasters with professional feeds free of distractions, like call notifications and ads, plus API integration, call management features and more.
The new service was built using technology from a longtime broadcast partner called Cat and Mouse, which Microsoft has acquired, the company says.
Skype TX offers HD-SDI video output and input, balanced audio output and input, auto aspect ration conversion, support for multiple, simultaneous calls, operator previews, and more, explains the company via a post published to the official Skype blog earlier today.
On a related site, Skypeinmedia.com, Microsoft showcases some examples of how media organizations are using Skype today, including news organizations like BBC and CNN, as well as entertainment programs like the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and others across fashion, music and art, for example.
Media organizations are now being asked to sign up for more information about the technology’s availability, but Microsoft is not revealing either pricing details or an estimated ship date at this time.
Great news, Skype. But now that broadcasters are taken care of, how about some audio and video improvements for the rest of us, hmm?