The chat-app owned by Microsoft has announced that it is discontinuing support for its smart TV software. The move is a direct consequence of users having an outweighed preference for making video calls with mobile devices from the living room. This is despite the big advantage the use of TVs for similar purposes brings.
Going by official arrangements, Skype will end support for the smart TV software by June this year. After then, manufacturers could choose between removing the app or maintaining service which is basically not supported.
This move is drawn from Skype’s deliberate concentration on tablets and phones in face or increasing competition. You will agree that Apple’s FaceTime and Facebook’s Messenger are really amassing public attention of late.
Glow and dim
Back at the CES yech show in January, Skype for TV was first introduced and was throughly advertised as an enhanced opportunities for families to “share the limelight [from their sofa] so there’s no more huddling around the computer or missing an out-of-shot moment”.The requirement was that the TV be fitted with an external plug-in or a built-in camera.
Samsung,, Sony, Sharp, LG, and Toshiba were among TV-makers which had adopted the service till date.
A message posted on the app’s support page said “Over the years, users have changed the way they use Skype, with the majority accessing it from a mobile device – including when in the living room.”
“We want to make sure we prioritise delivering the best possible experience to the platforms our users are asking for, which is why we’ve decided to focus our efforts in other areas while supporting key functionality on Skype for TV for as long as possible.”