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SKYPE Video and Audio problems
This problem is common and depends upon the number of users logged into Skype.
Because the Skype server is in the UK, all VoIP transmission travel to and from each party goes via UK and depending upon the time of day and Internet traffic (there are millions of Skype users), it affects video and audio quality.
You can improve but not entirely eliminate this problem because video data uses a lot of available bandwidth and your friend may also experiencing the same problem with your video.
1. To reduce the amount of video data being transmitted, set the both of your cameras to e-mail size resolution 320X240.
2. If the video and audio quality are still bad, then both of you should turn off the video and just communicate using the voice. The voice quality will improve and not break up.
I know it is nice to see the other person, if possible then try other times of the day/night when the video and voice quality due to less Skype on the Internet and try to communicate during these times.
Posted by Chris... on
Dec 29, 2010 | Skype IM
Millions of Skype users were unable to make calls for several hours on Wednesday because of technical problems that the Internet telephone service is still trying to fix.
Some users were unable to log in. For others who were already logged in, the service simply crashed.
Skype said in a blog post that it started investigating the problem after noticing that the number of people on its service was unexpectedly falling. Fixing the problem may take several hours, the company said, adding that it may be longer before other features like group video calling are restored to normal.
The troubles come as Skype, which spun off from eBay last year, prepares for an initial public offering. Meanwhile, Tony Bates, Skype's new chief executive, is trying to find new ways to make money outside the company's main business of charging users to call from their computers to landline and mobile phones.
The failure does not exactly help Skype's sales pitch to consumers as an alternative to traditional phone carriers. Nor does it reassure businesses, which Skype is trying to court as customers as part of its expansion plans.
Usually, Skype's service is problem-free.
Skype said the downtime was being caused by "supernodes," which are computers that "act a bit like phone directories" and enable callers to connect with others. Many of those "supernodes" - of which there are normally a large number - were taken offline by a problem with some versions of Skype's software, the company said.
Engineers are working to create "new 'mega-supernodes' as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal," Skype said.
Later on Wednesday, Skype posted a message on Twitter saying that its service was gradually returning to normal, but that it would still take several hours for all users to be able to sign in again.
Skype has 124 million active monthly users, as of June 30. Of those, only 8.1 million pay anything.
Mr. Bates has described himself as a fan of Skype's infrastructure, which has handled as many as 25 million users simultaneously.
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