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DCI Mobile studios and; Sigma Ventures acquire global mobile Applications rights for IPL T20

DCI Mobile Studios, a division of Dot Com Infoway, along with Sigma Ventures of Singapore, today 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 app will be made available for download from today on the iPhone’s mobile app store.

DCI Mobile Studios, a division of Dot Com Infoway Limited (DCI), in conjunction with Sigma Ventures Pte. Ltd., Singapore, today announced that they have jointly acquired the rights to be the exclusive Mobile Application Partner and Rights Holder for the Indian Premier League cricket matches Worldwide for the next 8 years from this IPL season that starts on March 12th, 2010.

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 apps 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 apps for Android phones and is in preliminary discussions with Nokia to explore an application for the OVI Store. C. R. Venkatesh, CEO, DCI, indicated “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 app 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.”

Girish Ramdas, DCI’s President said: “We are thrilled that DCI’s idea of bringing the IPL onto the world of Mobile Applications has come true and to be the ones developing the Official Mobile Applications for the IPL is the icing on the cake.  We look forward to bringing mobile communities both here in India and around the world an interactive and unique mobile smartphone experience. With more than 1.5 billion global viewers of the IPL in 2009 and smartphone sales accounting for more than 200 million handsets globally, we also offer a unique platform for advertisers to reach a global audience.”

The IPL is undoubtedly the world’s hottest sports league offering exciting, multifaceted new investment opportunities. With the explosive growth of the mobile application marketplace, combined with an increasing demand from sports fans globally for real-time video content, we believe that video-powered mobile applications present a fertile growth opportunity,” said S.G. Srinivasan, Chairman of Sigma Ventures Pte. Limited.

We believe that this is the first major mobile application to be developed across the globe targeting cricket buffs in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Canada, Sri Lanka, USA, Singapore, the Middle East and other places where cricket is being followed. iPhone & Blackberry have already reached iconic status among worldwide mobile users and we are excited to be able to offer IPL T20 cricket fans among those mobile users this unique service, it is also significant for us to be as accessible as possible to the worldwide cricket audience. Now IPL T20 news, scores and features will be available for all iPhone users and soon will available on all major mobile device platforms. This app will definitely deliver personalized & rich digital cricket content to die-hard T20 Cricket fans by automatically – and smoothly – pushing the latest cricket updates on the go.” said DCI’s CTO, Mr. R. Vijayakumar.

DCI’s application will be available to download for iPhone users for an introductory price of US$4.99 for the entire season of 45 days from Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

Earlier in this 2010, DCI Mobile studios signed deals with global music giant Sony Music to monetize its regional music content, Galatta Media to monetize its Internet content and Magazine and Ojas Foundation to monetize their spiritual audio content. DCI’s hottest selling music application called Non-Stop music focuses on Indian music content and is currently ranked #5 on Apple’s App store.

Check out this official IPL T20 link for further reference on this announcement. http://www.iplt20.com/announcements_detail.php?id=609&category=announcements

To download the app, click the link below (you need iTunes software or an iPhone to view and download the app)


http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipl-t20/id354123732?mt=8

About Dot Com Infoway:

Dot Com Infoway is a highly-venerated Indian Information Technology Firm and a leader in Custom Software Development and Mobile Application Development. DCI is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company and CMMI level 3, multi-disciplined professional IT service firm. DCI is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Sun Associate Partner and a proud member of the prestigious NASSCOM and STPI. For more than a decade, DCI provides a full suite of information technology services to numerous small, mid-sized, enterprise class clients in Americas, Europe, Australia and far-east countries. DCI’s spectrum of services includes Custom Software Development, Mobile Application Development, Content Management Systems Development, e-commerce solutions development and other complex software development projects, enhancing business growth of its customers.

About DCI Mobile Studios:

DCI Mobile Studios has just been recognized as one of the TOP 25 Mobile companies in India by a leading publication and with this acquisition of the rights to IPL, it is truly on the way to becoming India’s #1 mobile applications company. DCI Mobile Studios has a team of 50 mobile application developers currently working on various mobile apps on the following platforms: Apple’s App store, Google’s Android, Nokia’s OVI, RIM’s Blackberry, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile as well as on Symbian platforms.

About Sigma Ventures:

India Focused VC Company.
Promoters have combined Investment banking experience of 15 years.
Have managed funds in the excess of 2 billion dollars.
The directors have at some point held senior management positions in the Banking.
Have the talent and expertise to invest in the grown and exciting sectors

For more information, contact: Girish Ramdas, girish@dci.in / Vijayakumar Radhakrishnan, vijay@dci.in

Press Information:
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