Microsoft unveils studio-grade Skype TX

Skype Media suite will now allow users to connect broadcast and media productions with others around the world.

The service will provide studio-grade audio-visual output to broadcasters, the company claims.

Skype TX is a result of the company's recent acquisition of long-time partner Cat and Mouse and signals a move by Skype towards a more professional orientation.

Angie Hill, general manager of Skype marketing, said how high quality hardware and software Skype integration could now be brought directly into a studio situation.

"Now broadcasters can use the Skype TX to develop new formats and creative concepts for live, video on demand and other digital content," said Hill.

"We now offer a complete suite of tools for broadcasters to enrich the viewer's experience."

Skype TX users can add full-frame (ad-free) Skype video and audio SDL, and enjoy HD-SDI video output/input, with a specialist Microsoft-trained broadcast technical team on hand for support.

"We're excited about bringing Skype TX to broadcasters big and small around the world to enable them to deliver unique and compelling content to their audiences," said Hill.

Skype has seen several updates this year, including the Febuary introduction of voice call integration between Skype and Lync, and improved chat and tutorial option for its Xbox One app in March.