Samsung and Skype have announced that Skype video calling will be hitting the company's new Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series models due to ship in the next couple of months.

The news follows announcements from both Panasonic and LG at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year.

The Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series televisions include Samsung’s Internet@TV service, which allows access to select online content.

Users will still have to buy a FREETALK TV Camera, which will be available soon in the Skype Shop, the two companies confirm.

Using the TVs’ remote controls, consumers can create free Skype accounts, log into their existing accounts and navigate via the on screen interface on the TV.

Skype video calls will be free, as will voice calls between Skype users. Using Skype to call traditional landline and mobile phones will cost just pennies per minute.