The Financial Express – DCI, Singapore firm acquire global mobile app rights for IPL III

Chandigarh: DCI Mobile Studios, a division of Dot Com Infoway, along with Sigma Ventures of Singapore, on Friday announced their acquisition of worldwide rights for the development of mobile applications exclusively for IPL Cricket matches for the next 8 years. A full-featured IPL mobile appLICatIons will be made available for download from Friday onwards on the iPhone’s mobile appLICatIons store.

The 8-year deal gives the DCI Mobile Studios the exclusive rights to provide live score boards, text commentary, audio commentary, match schedules, match highlights, real-time video clips, replays for the IPL matches, match photographs, contests and many more through applications on all mobile platforms.

While the value of DCI’s deal was not disclosed, DCI will have live feeds of 60 matches over 45 days live in the 2010 IPL season through dedicated mobile applications across platforms.

Lalit Modi, Chairman & Commissioner, Indian Premier League (IPL) said, ‘‘Mobile applications are one of the biggest developments in the mobile space, and the IPL is delighted to partner with Sigma and DCI to make the official IPL mobile applications available to more people across multiple platforms. I believe that these innovative applications will significantly enrich the user experience for the global cricket fan by providing a direct window to the on-field action through generation next technologies.”

DCI plans to launch applications for Android phones and is in preliminary talks with Nokia to explore an application for the OVI Store.

CR Venkatesh, CEO, DCI, said: ‘‘This is just the beginning of multiple deals. Our goal is to deliver worldwide Cricket fans, a quality extension to their mobile experience, when they don’t have immediate access to the television sets or PC’s. DCI has proven its leadership as one of the most technologically advanced mobile appLICatIons developer and digital mobile content provider with a fresh, forward-looking approach. We are excited to support the next revolution of ‘Cricket on Mobile’, making the content more digital and more accessible than ever before.’’

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