What do I need to use Skype on my TV?

Skype on your TV allows you to enjoy high quality Skype calls with your family and friends around the world right from your living room, with no computer or complicated set-up needed. To use Skype on your TV, you need to have an existing Skype account and an internet connection.

The following questions and answers will help you get started with Skype on your TV.

How do I get Skype on my TV?
Do I need to download Skype on my TV?
Can I use my regular or HD webcam with my Skype-enabled TV or do I need a special one?
Can I sign in to Skype on my TV using my Microsoft Account?
Where can I buy a TV camera?
Can I use a TV camera on my computer?
Do I need a TV camera to make voice calls?
Where can I learn more about Skype on my TV?
Why can't I see all of my contacts with Skype on my TV?

How do I get Skype on my TV?

The easiest way is to buy a Skype-ready TV and a TV camera. Most smart TVs are Skype-ready. You can find a range of Skype-ready TV models in the Skype shop. They come with Skype pre-installed and ready to use. Some TVs also have a built-in camera, so you won’t need an additional camera to use Skype on your TV.

You can also get Skype on your existing HD TV (not a smart TV) by plugging in an all-in-one TV cam, such as the telyHD or the Logitech TV Cam HD. These devices plug into your TV and have everything you need to make Skype voice and video calls.

Alternatively, you can buy a Skype-ready Blu-ray player and a compatible TV webcam from the Skype shop, and you’re good to go.

If you still have questions about how to get started using Skype on your TV, watch our set-up video.

Do I need to download Skype on my TV?

Skype comes pre-installed on some TV models so you don’t need to install any additional software. However, sometimes, the Skype application is not visible from the Smart TV’s menu and needs to be downloaded from the app’s TV menu. If you don’t have one of the supported models, it’s not possible to download Skype onto your TV.

Find out more about Skype for TV.

Can I use my regular or HD webcam with my Skype-enabled TV or do I need a special one?

Since Skype on your TV isn’t compatible with regular computer webcams, you need to use a special TV camera. These are specifically designed with microphones that can pick up sound from further away, allowing you to enjoy Skype calls from the comfort of your couch, as well as providing great quality video that’s been optimized for use with your TV.

Can I sign in to Skype on my TV with my Microsoft account?

If you’ve recently joined Skype when you signed in with your Microsoft account on a different platform (such as Windows 8, Mac, Linux), you'll still be able to sign into your TV; you'll just need to take a couple of extra steps first..

Such a Skype account is a technical one, and although it lets you use all of the great Skype features, you’ll need to find your Skype name to sign into your TV. To find your Skype name:

  1. Navigate to Skype.com on your computer.
  2. Sign in using your Microsoft account.
  3. Click Account Settings under My Account.
  4. Under TV and Home Phone, click Set Up.
  5. You will see your assigned Skype name, and have the option to put in a password. If you do not have a password, create one, as you will need this to sign into Skype on your TV.

You can now sign into Skype on your TV using your Skype name and password.

Important: If you unlink this Skype name from your Microsoft account, the technical Skype account will be deleted. You can link your Microsoft account to another Skype account, if you wish.

Where can I buy a TV camera?

You can buy a TV camera from the Skype shop, but they are also available in selected retail stores. As there is a different TV camera for each TV manufacturer, make sure you buy one that is compatible with your Skype-enabled TV.

The prices of TV cameras vary according to the brand of TV you have. You can check out the prices in the Skype shop.

Can I use a TV camera on my computer?

Unfortunately, the current TV cameras are not compatible with computers. You can find both the TV cameras and Skype certified webcams for your computer in the Skype shop.

Do I need a TV camera to make voice calls?

Yes, you will need a TV camera to make voice calls as the TV camera also contains the microphones used to pick up your voice on a Skype call.

Where can I learn more about Skype on my TV?

You can learn more by going to the Skype on your TV page, or to the Skype shop. You can also check out the Skype blog for news and updates.

Why can't I see all of my contacts when using Skype on my TV?

If you have more than 200 contacts, you may not be able to see them all or even sign in to Skype on some Skype-enabled TVs.

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