Dishtv & Indiatimes tie up to offer VAS services on TV

MUMBAI: Direct-to-home service provider DishTV and have entered into a strategic tie up to offer the customers a host of mobile value added services (VAS) on TV.

Dishtv has partnered with to offer mobile interactive services Mobile Active. Viewers can now preview mobile services on TV and download mobile content onto their mobile handsets. The content spans across ringtones, wallpapers, text alerts and contests.

DishTV COO Salil Kapoor said, "Mobile Active is our latest initiative to drive convergence in the entertainment and communication space. In our endeavor to take TV beyond entertainment, we have recently launched internet powered interactive Life services, wherein Dishtv customers can search for jobs, seek their life partner and plan their dream vacation by a click on TV remote. Through our latest offering Mobile Active, our main focus is on empowering our young customers and giving them an easy user interface to download mobile VAS products. Gone are the days when TV was called an idiot box, we are in the process of creating a whole new user experience of TV viewing by offering a plethora of services including information, connectivity with internet services along with entertainment. We are pleased to join hands with, India’s leading portal to bring yet another novel service Mobile Active to our 5.7 million subscribers."

Times Internet CEO Rishi Khiani added, "Our mobile VAS division has witnessed rapid expansion since past one year with the launch of new services like 58888 IVR portal, Active Deals, etc. With this tie up we at Indiatimes 58888, will be able to enhance our customer touch points and maximize revenue opportunities. As a news and media conglomerate, our primary asset and USP is quality content and with this strategic tie-up, our content would become more accessible via DTH platforms enabling 360-degree convergent delivery, and ensuring wider reach. Our partners, Dishtv too, would be able to offer its subscribers this value-add as part of an enhanced bouquet of services."