Tata Sky Brings 50 TV Channels Live On The Mobile
Tata Sky has always been a pioneer in the DTH domain, whether it is giving the choose-and-view option to let customers choose what channels they want to watch or the recording facility so that consumers can record ‘live’ TV and watch it later.
Now, they are launching a new application that allows watching live television programs on mobile phones as the company looks to monetize the rapidly changing trends of Indian consumers. Tata Sky says the app, meant for both Android and iOS, will be coming soon, and will be released during the festive season. After the digitization drive, this seems to be a good move.
By the name of ‘Everywhere TV’, the iOS and Android mobile app will support a host of free features by paying a modest Rs. 60 per month to avail more than 50 different major English and Hindi channels. Later on, regional channels will also be included, taking the total number of channels to be offered to cross 200.
LIVE TV: Subscribers will be able to view live streaming of their favorite shows on over 54 TV channels and also set reminders for the shows they want to catch
CATCH UP TV: Subscribers will be able to watch previous 5 days episodes of their favorite shows
Video on Demand (VoD): Subscribers will be able to download or watch through direct streaming over hundreds of videos including movies and Do It Yourself videos on their handheld devices
Active Music: Tata Sky’s most popular interactive service, will be available on mobile handsets, where a range of music genres will be available without the intervention of RJs/VJs
Why TV on the go?
Tata Sky Chief Commercial Officer Vikram Mehra says: The company had done research and found that the amount of time subscribers spend on commuting is 76 minutes every day. Most of the people travelling in train or by car watch some kind of video content on their phone. This shows that there is a huge potential for Everywhere TV.
It was found that 88 per cent of subscribers had either a smartphone or tablet or both. Also, they have either an apple or an android in the smartphone category which makes sense to go ahead with this.
New consumer base: Students who live in hostels will also be able to access this.
What is needed?
A good 3G mobile or broadband connection or a wi-fi connectivity!
Tata Sky is investing Rs 900 crore this fiscal on upgrading technology as it targets a 30 per cent growth in subscribers.
With a number of telecom providers giving 3G speeds at cheap rates, this should not be a bother at all. Smartphone penetration is increasing day by day and mobile and tablets sales are overshadowing PC sales. With the entire world going the mobile way, it is a brilliant strategy by TataSky to ride this wave before competitors do. Looks like they have decided to make our life jinga lala.