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Best product for TV Video calling

  Bob Smith 09:14 24 Mar 2020

Hi, During these unprecedented times I as many cannot get to my 86 year old mother as frequently as necessary. We will be getting broadband fitted and I would like to know if there is a video calling product that will pop up instantly on her tv if we call her as she may not be able to answer any tech put in front of her

  wee eddie 09:31 24 Mar 2020

For reasons of privacy, I think that such a product is unlikely

  Menzie 13:59 24 Mar 2020

Some TVs have Skype but not all have the ability to enable auto answer. Also the built-in camera is pretty much only reserved for the higher end of the market.

Unless built into the TV, cable or Sky box, no device is going to just 'pop-up' on the TV during ordinary viewing.

Consider something like an Echo Show if your Mother has the ability to answer by voice. It also has a 'drop-in' feature which means selected contacts will be automatically answered however this requires setting up on her end. The permission for auto answering from you must be granted on her device before it works that way.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:04 25 Mar 2020

what sort of Tv and phone does she use? a smart phone?

phones can be cast to a TV or chromecast or you can connect an old smart phone to a TV and use that as camera and microphone.

but there is nothing simple to just use on the TV as a video phone app.

Try looking at Tellybean app it may be the nearest you can get.

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