Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




396 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

#192375 8-Mar-2016 20:08
Send private message

Hope this is the right place.

 

I am one of thousands of Skype users who use Skype on a Samsung smart tv who are going to end up with an expensive web cam than cant be used for anything else as Skype are ceasing to support there app on Samsung tv's. Cant say I understand why as Skpe havent said much yet about this. Used Skpe almost daily to stay in contact with family members. Watching on the big screen was great. Supposed to end in June.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
117 posts

Master Geek


  #1508425 8-Mar-2016 20:12
Send private message

I saw the message on my Samsung Tv the other day.

 

I am glad I never go around getting one of them expensive cameras. I will keep using my Xbox.


 
 
 
 


1230 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1508503 8-Mar-2016 21:33
Send private message

Wow this sucks to hear. I Skype my parents in the UK TV to TV every Sunday, it's a great way for us to feel like we're having a chat in the same room. That can't be replicated with a mobile device, and not even really with a PC / laptop. Really quite sad about this as there's really no alternative. I wish Apple would release a FaceTime app for the Apple TV.

111 posts

Master Geek


  #1508519 8-Mar-2016 22:16
Send private message

Can you make it work with HDMI output from PC to TV?


825 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  #1508520 8-Mar-2016 22:17
Send private message

steve98: Wow this sucks to hear. I Skype my parents in the UK TV to TV every Sunday, it's a great way for us to feel like we're having a chat in the same room. That can't be replicated with a mobile device, and not even really with a PC / laptop. Really quite sad about this as there's really no alternative. I wish Apple would release a FaceTime app for the Apple TV.


Xbox one will still be supported on TV, that's the solution




Voice gives context

22723 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1508523 8-Mar-2016 22:26
Send private message

sdavisnz:
steve98: Wow this sucks to hear. I Skype my parents in the UK TV to TV every Sunday, it's a great way for us to feel like we're having a chat in the same room. That can't be replicated with a mobile device, and not even really with a PC / laptop. Really quite sad about this as there's really no alternative. I wish Apple would release a FaceTime app for the Apple TV.


Xbox one will still be supported on TV, that's the solution

 

 

 

Most older people aren't going to be happy to buy a $500 xbox which for them will likely have no other purpose than a camera for skyping. Doesn't feel like a "solution" to me!

 

 


4201 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1508527 8-Mar-2016 22:35
Send private message

Xbox does more than just Skype. Movies, Games and media streaming apps. Old people watch movies and Netflix?




Do whatever you want to do man.

  

 
 
 
 


22723 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1508529 8-Mar-2016 22:40
Send private message

billgates: Xbox does more than just Skype. Movies, Games and media streaming apps. Old people watch movies and Netflix?

 

 

 

You're kidding right? The chances of my grandparents being able to use netflix, play games, and stream apps on a console are about the same as me finding gold in my bathtub.

 

Sure the Xbox does more, but most people don't NEED any of the other stuff and spending $500 on a box that does Skype isn't reasonable (for them).

 

There will be exceptions, but this is a (Another) misstep by MS.

 

 


1017 posts

Uber Geek


  #1508531 8-Mar-2016 22:41
Send private message

billgates: Old people watch movies and Netflix?

 

Yeah, they use their Samsung smart TV for that.

 

 





I know enough to be dangerous


4201 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1508556 8-Mar-2016 23:42
Send private message

networkn:

billgates: Xbox does more than just Skype. Movies, Games and media streaming apps. Old people watch movies and Netflix?


 


You're kidding right? The chances of my grandparents being able to use netflix, play games, and stream apps on a console are about the same as me finding gold in my bathtub.


Sure the Xbox does more, but most people don't NEED any of the other stuff and spending $500 on a box that does Skype isn't reasonable (for them).


There will be exceptions, but this is a (Another) misstep by MS.


 



So grandparents can get around to use a skype app on a smart tv that has clunky interface. All smart TV interface and interactions are slow and terrible. If someone can learn to use smart tv apps, then for them a Xbox, Roku, Fire TV speeds, usability are a god send. From the looks of it, only Samsung out of all the TV manufacturers seems to offer a skype app running on a no name unpopular OS. If this was discontinued support on Windows, iOS or Android you will see a big backlash due to user base.




Do whatever you want to do man.

  

/dev/null
9398 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1508559 9-Mar-2016 00:02
Send private message

billgates:
networkn:

 

billgates: Xbox does more than just Skype. Movies, Games and media streaming apps. Old people watch movies and Netflix?

 

You're kidding right? The chances of my grandparents being able to use netflix, play games, and stream apps on a console are about the same as me finding gold in my bathtub.

 

Sure the Xbox does more, but most people don't NEED any of the other stuff and spending $500 on a box that does Skype isn't reasonable (for them).

 

There will be exceptions, but this is a (Another) misstep by MS.

 



So grandparents can get around to use a skype app on a smart tv that has clunky interface. All smart TV interface and interactions are slow and terrible. If someone can learn to use smart tv apps, then for them a Xbox, Roku, Fire TV speeds, usability are a god send. From the looks of it, only Samsung out of all the TV manufacturers seems to offer a skype app running on a no name unpopular OS. If this was discontinued support on Windows, iOS or Android you will see a big backlash due to user base.

 

Actually again you're incorrect. My parents Samsung Smart TV has a really quick interface and is from 2014. They're just keep getting better. Interfaces like the LG WebOS interface and the Samsung interface are actually pretty quick. Heck, even the interface for my old 2011 Sony Smart TV is actually considerably quick given its age except it really can't do much nor is it connected to my network anymore because of this.

 

There are many people out there using Smart TV interfaces to do things and people like my parents actually rather like it. They're designed for their task and I do also know older people who Skype with their Smart TV. Nobody will be happy spending yet more money for something a Smart TV should be able to do and in my eyes this is a classic "CGA not fit for purpose" case for some people who have purchased it spending more money with the intention to use Skype.

 

I did however blow my mothers mind away since I setup my mothers new phone with a Google account on my domain and surprised her with a Hangouts call her tonight. Really made her night but there are also people out there who don't own Smartphones, or would prefer using the HD webcam on their expensive Smart TV to create that "in room" experience.





Webhead
2494 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1508560 9-Mar-2016 00:17
Send private message

Really disappointed that the Skype app is going away, not that I have been using it - my TV is perfectly mounted for viewing but not for using the built in camera.

 

I was going to suggest you should look at Logitech TV cam, but looks like its not available anymore (maybe at a Dick Smiths? ;)

 

Found this as a possible alternative, but don't know if its any good. But maybe there are more solutions like this around? Logitech has this conference camera, but the price is getting steep.

 

 


1515 posts

Uber Geek


  #1508612 9-Mar-2016 08:11
Send private message

Apple TV & iPod touches/iPhones are cheap, easy to use and can achieve the same...

 

 

 

What about Chrome cast can it not do this too?


jmh

458 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  #1508620 9-Mar-2016 08:30
Send private message

I got really annoyed with Skype a few years ago.  I have an old macbook I use mostly for travelling.  It fits nicely into my backpack.  Anyway, one day when I loaded up Skype it upgraded and then told me that my OS was too old and no longer supported.  Skype stopped working and I was stuck with nothing.Couldn't they just leave the old version there?  

 

Glad I didn't set it up on my samsung tv.  They don't seem to be very customer focused.


3810 posts

Uber Geek


  #1508624 9-Mar-2016 08:44
Send private message

I can see the lines at the local Noel Leeming / Harvey's etc...

 

People will want a refund / solution for their Skype issue.

 

 

 

I've said it for years, why buy a TV if it has Skype on it, when the likes of Microsoft could pull support for it tomorrow...

 

And here it is.

 

It's happened.

 

 

 

Although, we have many, many, many Skype capable devices in our home, we Skype every Christmas on our Panasonic plasma.

 

Hypocrite much?

 

 


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic





Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Soul Machines joins forces with the World Health Organization
Posted 13-Jul-2020 18:00


Chorus completes the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches
Posted 8-Jul-2020 09:48


National Institute for Health Innovation develops treatment app for gambling
Posted 6-Jul-2020 16:25


Nokia 2.3 to be available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Jul-2020 12:30


Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53


Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48


Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44


Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41


Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07


New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58


Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10


Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30


Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14


Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17


Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.