Microsoft on Monday announced a new Skype solution for those in broadcast. It’s called Skype TX and is the result of a recent acquisition of long-time broadcast partner Cat and Mouse according to a post on the official Skype blog.
Built on the existing Cat and Mouse technology, Skype TX is a studio-grade software that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast and media productions with people around the world. Microsoft believes TX will help broadcasters develop new formats and creative concepts for live, video on demand and other digital content in an effort to create more engaging moments.
Digging a bit deeper, Skype TX supports the HD-SDI broadcast standard and will be free of audio / visual distractions such as call notifications and ads. What’s more, the software will be able to automatically correct aspect ratio conflicts while its dynamic environment allows for multiple, simultaneous Skype calls on one management interface.
There’s also operator previews, auto fallback to still and call quality monitoring – or in other words, virtually everything that a professional broadcast studio could ask for in a video calling software.
Skype TX will be part of the Skype in Media offering in the coming years, we’re told. No word yet on how much the new software will cost but that likely won’t be a barrier as most upper echelon news agencies and the like would no doubt pay the price for better quality broadcasts.