SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fingerprint, a fast-growing digital learning and entertainment company for kids, and Astro Digital 5, a division of leading consumer entertainment media group Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro), today announced a partnership to develop a completely customized mobile entertainment and learning app network for children. Powered exclusively by the Fingerprint technology platform, the Astro mobile app network is expected to debut by the end of 2013 and will bring bundled mobile gaming services for kids and families, including apps, games, ebooks and more, to more than 3.6 million Astro customers throughout Malaysia.
Already established as a leading provider of learn-and-play mobile apps for kids in the U.S. via its Fingerprint Play network, Fingerprint is now expanding its business model from direct-to-consumer to include an enterprise platform solution. By partnering with leading entertainment and technology companies like Astro Digital 5, Fingerprint will license and develop customized versions of its network. Under its deal with Astro, Fingerprint is developing both the underlying platform technology as well as the SDK, which will enable Fingerprint-approved, third-party developers to easily integrate their apps onto Astro's mobile app network. Astro will manage all distribution and customer-facing services, while Fingerprint will develop and manage the back-end technology and partnerships with top content providers and game developers from around the world.
"This partnership is a watershed moment for both the industry and for Fingerprint," said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO and co-founder of Fingerprint. "Together with Astro – one of the most innovative media companies in the world -- we will deliver the first customized and localized network of learn-and-play content to one of the world's largest consumer markets for mobile learning, and we'll open the doors to new global distribution opportunities for top developers."
Asia is the world's leader in the mobile learning market with revenues expected to reach a $6.8 billion by 2017. In fact, Asia currently accounts for almost half of the mobile learning revenues in the world.1
"Astro is committed to customizing its services to appeal to varied customer preferences, budgets and digital lifestyles for our company's growth," said Brian Lenz, chief innovation officer at Astro. "By partnering with Fingerprint to create this mobile app network, we will be able to deliver a wide range of innovative and valuable learning and entertainment content directly to our customers on their mobile devices."
This mobile app network, powered by Fingerprint, is a bundled service that will feature a range of learning and entertainment games, apps and ebooks, localized in Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and English. As part of its expansive library, the Astro mobile app network will feature titles from the most celebrated developers around the world, including current fan favorites from Fingerprint's network, such as Kids Learn Mandarin and Big Kid Life Firefighter, as well as Astro's many successful properties like Happy Dragon and Oh My English! The service, available on iOS and Android, will be a featured bundle as part of Astro Digital 5, which provides mobile content, IPTV and interactive television services to Astro.
About Fingerprint Digital, Inc.
Fingerprint is a mobile technology company offering a dynamic technology platform and robust content library for families with children through its own Fingerprint Play and customer networks. Fingerprint's enterprise platform solution, with an easy-to-use SDK and curated play-and-learn content from top developers around the world, enables global brands to license and develop customized and localized networks of their own. Fingerprint is funded by leading consumer tech investors including Corus Entertainment and K2MediaLabs. For more information, visit http://corporate.fingerprintplay.com or www.facebook.com/fingerprintplay.
Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad is a leading integrated consumer media entertainment group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with operations in 4 key areas of business, namely Pay-TV, Radio, Publications and Digital Media. With a customer base of over 3.6 million residential customers or approximately 54% penetration of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers more than 170 TV channels, including 37 HD channels, delivered via Direct-To-Home satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. Astro provides HD, 3D, PVR, VOD and IPTV services through Astro B.yond and Astro On-The-Go. Fulfilling its promise to bridge the digital divide for all of Malaysia, Astro introduced NJOI as an entry-level DTH satellite TV service and is the country's first non-subscription based satellite TV, offering 19 TV and 20 radio channels. For more information, visit www.astro.com.my.
1. "The Asia Market for Mobile Learning Products and Services: 2012-2017 Forecast and Analysis," Ambient Insights
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