Skype is an indispensable tool for millions of people around the world, keeping family, friends, business associates and acquaintances easily in touch with one another as long as there is an Internet connection.
But for TV production, its appeal was tempered by certain workflow and performance problems when using it to bring remote guests and correspondents into live shows.
That all changed this spring when at least three vendors I am aware of — Quicklink, Riedel and NewTek — came to market at the 2015 NAB Show with what amounts to professional Skype servers that do away with the little nasties and gotchas that can make it tough to use for broadcast contribution.
It seems the BBC thinks the professional versions make sense, too. Quicklink announced today that BBC World News will begin using its Quicklink Skype TX solution in Asia.
BBC World News will locate the product in Southeast Asia, a press release from the company said.