NewTek Releases On-Air Skype Interface

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NewTek TalkShow VS-100 interface

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — NewTek announced that TalkShow VS-100, the video calling production system designed for television studios and live video producers, is shipping. TalkShow enables broadcasters and video producers to allow any of the 300 million monthly connected Skype users, calling from almost any device, to be seamlessly integrated as guest speakers into any live production.

The turnkey TalkShow system builds upon Skype TX software from Microsoft for initiating, receiving, monitoring and managing video calls, with an additional set of live production tools such as call recording not found in other video calling systems. These tools allow producers to deliver enhanced video/audio experiences that provide a higher-quality live interactive experience.

“TalkShow and Skype TX allow producers to fundamentally change the way shows are made by taking audience participation to a whole new level,” said Andrew Cross, Ph.D., president and chief technology officer at NewTek. “Newsrooms with immediate access to experts the world over, fans interacting live with their favorite sports teams, game shows with live video participants, corporate meetings with live executives from remote offices, guest professors from across the globe appearing in classrooms — the potential is beyond the imagination and I personally can’t wait to see it.”

The 1RU integrated hardware and software solution is broadcast ready, offering two channels of HD-SDI I/O (1-in/1-out), dual channel Ethernet connectivity, SDI-embedded audio and professional XLR audio support. According to NewTek, TalkShow VS-100 is the only production system that enables broadcasters to manage all aspects of a live Skype video call in the control room like any other video source — whether it is before, during or after the call.

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