This could be brilliant news for voiceover artists and production houses around the globe, to be able to seamlessly dial into clients studios and vice versa, and record remotely as you would do with ISDN, without the costs and infrastructure associated with such a setup.
Pricing hasn’t been released yet, and the estimated rollout is ‘within the coming year’ – so stay tuned for more info. It looks like we’re in for a really interesting time with the advent of more and more IP-based connection tools, that could maybe see an end to ISDN within the next few years? Who knows….With SourceConnect/SourceConnect Now, SoundStreak, AudioTX, ipDTL et al, and now with Skype’s own offering, I think we will soon see a proper format war like we did with VHS/Betamax & HD-DVD/BluRay over the coming months.
Could Skype have the advantage given the fact they have an already massive user base for their regular software? I think it could give them a major head start at least.
Exciting times ahead!
What are your thoughts? Let me know below…
UPDATE (8th April):
The Engadget article now includes a brief video demo of SkypeTX, and the presenter does mention something to do with hardware – namely “…a Windows 8 machine that is included in the price…” – not good news for us Mac users! I was hoping this would be a case of needing to buy a simple box to enable it to work like ISDN – I’m kind of gutted at this revelation so far that it requires running a Windows 8 machine – I don’t want/need that kind of hardware! Let’s hope there will be a Mac version not too long post-release, or at least a software-only version so production houses can dial into VOs at their home studios etc.
Well that’s Microsoft for you!!
I’ll post more info as and when it becomes available.