The Packet8 Broadband VideoPhone, from voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and videophone communications service provider 8x8, Inc., is being utilized in some of this season's most popular television shows, including the Emmy award winning spy drama, Alias.
Alias fans can spot the silver-toned Packet8 VideoPhone sitting on the desks of Agent Sydney Bristow and her colleagues at their CIA offices. From time to time throughout the season, viewers may catch a glimpse of actual VideoPhone conversations occurring between the show's characters.
According to Eclipse Worldwide President Jon Holtzman, "Alias called and told us they were looking for some hot-looking, high-tech phones for the new season. We presented the 8x8 Videophones and they loved them, and immediately ordered a dozen to fill the set." Eclipse is the marketing agency that oversees television placement opportunities for Packet8 products.
In addition to Alias, the Packet8 Videophone has also been incorporated in episodes of 24 -- The Series, King of Queens, Law & Order SVU, Will & Grace, Stargate Atlantis, Medical Investigation, Eyes, Entourage and Navy NCIS. Introduced in June 2004, the Packet8 consumer VideoPhone uses a standard broadband internet connection to transmit high quality audio and crisp instant-on video communications. Previous videophone technology has been limited by bandwidth capabilities of the PSTN (public switched telephone network), which hampered the delivery of crisp real-time video images. Because it is based on SIP, an international internet protocol standard, the Packet8 VideoPhone achieves a level of technology and performance sophistication previously not possible.