Skype Is Axing Its Smart TV App

Skype Is Axing Its Smart TV App

More and more Skype users accessing the service on their mobile devices, as opposed their television, has lead to the app being axed from Smart TVs.

From June 2016 the Skype for TV application will no longer be supported, with no further updates being made.

New account creation and password resets won’t be possible either with users directed to visit the Skype website instead.

“Since 2010, Skype has delivered a great calling experience in the living room in partnership with several TV manufacturers,” Skype said in a statement. “But over the years, users have changed the way they use Skype, with the majority accessing it from a mobile device — including when in the living room.”

“We want to make sure we prioritise delivering the best possible experience to the platforms our users are asking for, which is why we’ve decided to focus our efforts in other areas while supporting key functionality on Skype for TV for as long as possible.”

With no updates being made, TV manufactures are opting to remove the service entirely.

Samsung told Gizmodo “Starting in June 2016, Skype will no longer support its TV app and there will be no further updates to the application. As a result, from June 2, 2016 the Skype for TV service will no longer be available on Samsung Smart TVs.”