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    Posted by ~9a9e227383ec488e1ad33dd21f47d090da480c4e (U15542194) on Monday, 17th December 2012

    Why does BBC TV appear to increasingly use Skype for feeds into programmes when the input is from a major population centre? I can understand it if it is from a remote location but surely high quality input can be achieved from major cities.

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Monday, 17th December 2012

    Beats me. The links are generally poor and riddled with static. I am not a fan of Skype in the home - it may be free - but the service tends to be echo-y and distant.

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    Posted by BBC auto-messages (U294) on Monday, 17th December 2012

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Monday, 17th December 2012

    Beats me. The links are generally poor and riddled with static. I am not a fan of Skype in the home - it may be free - but the service tends to be echo-y and distant.  Echo is almost always because someone doesn't know how to set up their speakers/microphone... call quality does tend to vary but that's often a function of bandwidth. My experience with Skype is pretty good though and I imagine that it's a far easier way of soliciting opinion than sending a roving camera crew out to canvas the clueless public as they did in the bad old days.

    Personally, if there is any issue here it's the undue prominence that Skype receives. There are numerous other means of video conferencing, many of which precede Skype and I'm curious as to why Skype is getting name checked with such frequency by an organisation alleged devoted to avoiding product placement... Google Hangouts is arguably better than Skype in many respects.

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    Posted by megamain (U12800305) on Tuesday, 18th December 2012

    I guess it because Skype is well known. If a presenter was to mention how to get in touch via Google Hangouts no one would have a clue what they were on about and who could be bothered to register an account anyway?

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    Posted by Chris Rogers (U10129711) on Tuesday, 18th December 2012

    Glad someone's asked this. I've only heard it on the radio, but the strange warbling quality is quite distinctive and unique to Skype, it seems. None of the links I've heard seem to require it, as opposed to a simple phone line, and the quality is no better.

    The plugging has been very noticeable on - of all things - The Archers, deployed when a character contacts his child/friend abroad etc. Arguably the brand is becoming synonymous with the thing - Hoover etc - but even so it jars in such a context.

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