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Microsoft Patents TV Video Conferences via a PC

August 1, 2012 | William Zimmerman

Microsoft has been granted a video conferencing patent that leverages a home network as the data infrastructure and the TV as the display screen.

By Douglas Perry, Tom's Hardware

Microsoft says it can reduce latencies compared to previous video conferencing approaches, but the patent does not indicate that the company has solved the general problem of home videoconferencing itself.

The patent suggests that a PC client, connected to a TV via a TV client module, can serve as the Internet and data connection, while the TV and a cheap USB camera connected to the TV are used as the visual data output devices. the data between the TV and computer would be accelerated via a remote desktop protocol (RDP), while the incoming and outgoing data traffic is IP-based. In this patent, the PC serves as the data hub, while the TV avoids a scenario in which a user will have to leave the living room to make a visual call.

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