Skype Gets Qik: Mobile Video Hosting – What’s The Purpose?

Skype has been a central focal point in recent news. We have seen how the video calls since their recent update can annihilate your AT&T calling plan, we also reported on Skype’s unplanned outage that lasted for around 24 hours. Yesterday we at OSM informed you of a new camera announced at CES 2011 from FaceVsion, which will allow you to use Skype HD in 720p.

The company are back in the news again, this time it’s because they had been planning on acquiring a company called ‘Qik‘. The purchase has now been completed and the deal is believed to be worth between $100 and $150 million. PCWorld’s James Niccolai offers some stats for Qik and Skype which may be a contributing factor to the purchase.

Qik specializes in mobile video broadcasting, but the other area which they excel in is where Skype’s interest lies, video calling services. Something great about Qik, is you can actually store the video that you may be watching for later viewing. You can see that being useful if you are watching a one off video conference or if you are having a video call where someone is providing important information. If you are interested you can read the full press release from Skype. At the bottom of the press release there is a little bit of information about both Skype and Qik.

The CEO of Skype, Tony Bates speaks in a video about the acquisition on Skype’s blog, you can view it at the bottom of our article. Bates says in the video that Qik is available on over 200 different devices across all of the major OS. One of the devices is the HTC EVO 4G as Qik and Sprint are engaged in partnership.

You can read more about Skype buying Qik at BGR.com. Engadget’s Donald Melanson also offers some insight.

What do you think Skype are trying to achieve by purchasing another video chat company? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.