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Meet Skype TX 4, the latest studio-grade broadcast solution from Skype

Since its launch in April 2014, the Skype team has continued to push the boundaries of broadcasting with Skype TX, a studio-grade version of the beloved Skype app that does the heavy lifting so broadcasters are freed-up to focus on producing the best possible interactive programming for their audiences.

As participatory television continues to grow even more popular, so too does the adoption of Skype TX which has quickly become the broadcast industry’s solution of choice to facilitate high-quality, real-time interactions with remote guests, includingpresidential hopefuls, professional wrestlers, India’s next super stars and countless others. To date, broadcasters in almost 100 countries have implemented Skype TX into their workflows.

To push the boundaries even further, today’s two-year anniversary marks another exciting chapter for Skype with the introduction of Skype TX 4. More flexible and scalable than its predecessor, Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into the broadcasting workflow. And, with only one system required for multiple calls, broadcasters need less equipment and setup time, therefore reducing the overall cost and control room footprint.

Skype TX 4 hardware partners

NewTek and Quicklink will be the first manufacturers to ship Skype TX 4-compatible hardware. NewTek TalkShow™ VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system was designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class, 1RU rack mountable hardware unit with 4-in, 4-out industry-standard I/O for integration into SDI workflows and IP video workflows via NDI™.

Quicklink TX Multi is a new hardware solution that converts multiple Skype calls into studio-grade quality video/audio transmissions. Quicklink TX Multi will be available in three options including, HDMI/SDI/Analogue video and audio I/O (The Quicklink TX), multiple simultaneous SD/HD-SDI I/O (The Quicklink TX Multi), and multiple simultaneous SD/HD-SDI I/O with additional channels and real-time server hardware monitoring, plus alert system (The Quicklink TX Enterprise).

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