Idea transforms from a pure play telco to an integrated digital solutions provider with new services to take on Jio, Airtel

Idea Cellular on Monday launched Idea Music Lounge, Idea Movie Club, and Idea Game Spark, kicking off its transformation from a pure play mobile operator to an integrated digital services and solutions provider to compete with the likes of Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel that are already offering digital content services to their respective customers.

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These digital content applications will serve as a one-stop entertainment destination initially for Idea subscribers, providing access on the fingertips to a large collection of popular and premium content, including a rich assortment of Hindi, Vernacular and International content. The new suite of integrated Digital Apps present one of the best range of entertainment content for its nearly 200 million customers, the company said.

Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director, Idea Cellular, said, “Having committed significant investments in building a world class wireless broadband network in the country, Idea has decided to enhance its portfolio of services. With the birth of ‘Digital Idea’, the company is gearing itself for catering to the growing population of mobile users who consume digital content on their mobile devices.”

Kapania said that the company’s vision for ‘Digital Idea’ is based on the concept of ‘Digital Inclusion’ rather than disruption – natural extension for the Idea transforming consumer.

Idea Music Lounge offers a rich library of nearly 2 million Indian and international music tracks initially, going up to nearly 20 million tracks soon, on Google Play Store and coming soon on iOS store. Idea Music Lounge hosts diverse content not only across 13 Indian languages, including Bollywood, South Indian Cinema etc, but also across International artists, albums and tracks from several major Music labels. Idea customers can stream music for free or download it 24×7. The app also allows customers to create their own music playlist in addition to curated playlists and Radios.

Idea Music Lounge comes with a number of leading features such as ‘DJ Mode’ which enables transition of songs similar to DJ effect; ‘Wake Up Mode’ with the consumer’s favorite song, and ‘Dynamic Lyrics’ feature to enable customers to sing along while listening to their favorite tracks and ‘Data Saver mode’.

The standard Idea Music Lounge subscription with unlimited downloads in the App is priced at just Rs. 49 for a month, while streaming of unlimited music is free. However, an exclusive introductory offer allows subscribers downloading the App till 31st March 2017, a free subscription for 90 days.

Idea Movie Club caters to the ever-growing video content needs of consumers, offering thousands of blockbuster movies, Live TV, 7 days catch-up TV, along with a series of Original content and Short Videos across all genres and several languages. The rich content of videos and movies from Bollywood, South Indian & Regional Cinema will appeal to people across all age groups, including kids, for whom there is a host of animation and learning videos. Live and Catch up TV including premium channels, is offered in collaboration with Ditto TV. The app is available on Google Play Store and iOS store.

The standard subscription charge to Idea Movie Club App is competitively priced at just Rs. 49 per month for unlimited Movies, Videos and TV streaming. As a part of the exclusive introductory offer, all subscribers downloading the Idea Movie Club App till 31st March 2017 will be able to use this service for free for next 90 days.

Idea Game Spark features a collection of over 1,500 games across all genres, targeted at the gaming aficionado and the casual gamer. The games can be played both in the online and offline mode. Idea Game Spark can be accessed by all Idea as well as non-Idea users on www.ideagamespark.com.

The store features popular gaming content from several leading gaming studios. Idea Game Spark is also the first subscription game store offering the latest and popular, Virtual Reality Games. Once subscribed to the store, the customer can download unlimited games across genres such as Racing, Cricket, Cards, Sports, Bollywood etc. including premium titles like ‘Virat Cricket’, ‘Need for Speed’, and many more. Games are available on monthly subscription basis and the company intends to introduce range of other tariff models such as pay per download and freemium. The store also gives games users access to hundreds of free games.

Idea Game Spark monthly subscription charges are very competitively priced at just Rs. 29 per month for unlimited games both online and downloads, for all consumers. As a part of the exclusive introductory offer, post sign-in of the Idea Game Spark App till 31st March 2017, 90 days of free subscription will be available, the company said.

The digital services and apps provide all kinds of payment options such as wallets, debit/credit card and net-banking etc, the company said.

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Ankit
January 30, 2017 5:44 pm 5:44 PM
Whatever they offer, it’s not going to click. If they want it to succeed, users should be able to use it without worrying about internet. With their “No free G” idea, they’re not going anywhere with this and not going to take on anybody. It’s just a dream. It’s as simple as that. For example, even if idea give me just released movies for free, I’m not going to use it because with the internet recharging amount(which is looting), I can go to a theater and watch the film in big screen. Got it idea who have no idea what… Read more »
Garry
January 30, 2017 7:37 pm 7:37 PM

exactly

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