November 17, 2005
Everyone wants to video chat

AP / Sacramento Bee: Sony unveils Internet-based phone service

Sony Corp. on Wednesday announced a free Internet-based phone service similar to the popular computer-to-computer calling provided by Skype, but with an emphasis on video conferencing.

Called IVE for "Instant Video Everywhere," the service relies on Windows-based software that can be downloaded from the Internet. It will also ship with Sony's new line of Vaio BX laptops, which feature built-in video cameras.

Like Skype, IVE also will feature a premium service that lets users dial traditional wireline phones and cell phones from their computers. The monthly fee of $9.95 for the premium service includes a 10-digit phone number so IVE users can receive calls from regular and mobile phones.
Clearly Sony are jumping on the bandwagon of VoIP NOW, before they become a 'me too' in the wake of Skype Video (rumoured for release before Christmas).

That said, Skype is falling behind a number of big players to the video market now...

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Instant video & a rootkit? ;-)

Posted by: Heiko Hebig on November 17, 2005 11:51 AM

Indeed!

*LMAO*

Best comment all year...

(for the uninitiated; check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_Copy_Protection )

Posted by: Anders on November 17, 2005 11:57 AM

Hi, where is the video?

Posted by: mario on November 25, 2005 12:13 AM
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