Monday, December 1, 2014

EWTN (Ch.No 83) - God TV (Ch.No 21) split confirmed

It's confirmed God TV will occupy Channel No. 21 on Dialog TV and EWTN will move to number 83, not the previously said number 94. We regret the error made regarding the channel number. This is indeed good news for subscribers who watch these channels. The time sharing which started in December 2011 has finally come to an end. Therefore these two channels will be available on a 24 hour basis hereafter.

At the time of writing this article Dialog TV is updating the website to reflect the change.

Now it's time for Dialog TV to move the other transponders to MPEG4, and start adding new channels too. It's not clear what sort of advantage the soon to be launched Dish TV will have over Dialog TV but the competition will be good for the industry.

EWTN now on Channel No. 94

For those of you who watch EWTN, if you are wondering where the channel is at present, its now on channel no. 94. If you don't have HD set top box, please call Dialog TV and ask for it since you will need it to access the channel. We hope its provided free to those subscribers. 

As of now God TV is on channel no. 21, and we think it will continue on that channel. No official confirmation as yet but we believe Dialog TV has ended the time sharing and given two separate channel slots after years of time sharing. Viewers of these two channels missed lots of programming on these channels, so its a good move and its only fair by them that these two channels have been separated and will be available on 24 hour basis. Hopefully this is a permanent move and not one targeted at the Christmas season, besides the impending papal visit we believe has also weighed heavily on making this decision.

For those who hoped that they will get a new channel, they will feel disappointed but lets remember that there is not enough capacity to add a new channel. Dialog have probably sliced some bandwidth off the HD or SD channels and created just enough space for a channel. We believe that the broadcast quality of this channel will not be on par with the other channels. Normally Dialog have practiced giving religious channels very little bandwidth. If they added a new channel instead of EWTN on that slot, we believe the quality would have been very disappointing.

Please keep us updated on the very latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

Monday, September 1, 2014

New Software Update

According to the newest unconfirmed reports coming in, it seems that there is some sort of Software Update available on Dialog TV HD Decoders. According to the reports there is no change to the software, except for the addition of "Supreme Sat 1" in the "Satellite" menu under "Settings > Installation".

Earlier this year it was reported that Dialog TV is planning to migrate to Supreme Sat 1 due to increasing costs on the present provider and lack of bandwidth.

Let's hope this is the start of something good. We aren't sure of the details such as dish alignment, etc. However it is likely that the switch will be gradual and if Dialog TV is going to use both service providers then it would mean that the new transponders on Supreme Sat 1 will run on MPEG4 DVBS2. 

Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fox Crime India & free HD

A few days ago we reported on Facebook and Twitter that Fox Crime Asia has made way to Fox Crime India. There is noting much Dialog TV can do about it since this just due to Fox International Channel regionalizing all their channels. A few years ago Star Movies Asia was replaced by Star Movies India. Fox Crime India launched back in 2012, still some of the DTH providers in India carry Fox Crime Asia, however this will change to Fox Crime India as well.

Fox Crime India carries reruns of all programmes telecast on Star World India.

In other news all the HD channels have been made available FOC for all Gold package subscribers. It's still not clear whether this is a temporary or permanent move.

Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ADA Derana 24x7

A couple of days ago over the weekend we saw Sri Lanka's first 24hour News Channel launching on Dialog TV Channel 13. A desperate lack on Lankan television was the fact that no one launched a fully news channel despite some claiming to be pioneers in news broadcasts.

On the outset the channel seems to have got its cue's from Indian channel NDTV which ironically calls itself NDTV 24x7. However its interesting to note that the line up comprises of documentaries, etc and doesn't include any entertainment/sports programming.

The channel is exclusively available on Dialog TV for now and maybe made available FTA or to other platforms. However we expect it to be exclusive for now, well at least for an year Dialog probably made sure of that when they allowed the channel on it's platform.

It's regrettable that Sundance was booted out so early in it's life. However it's supposedly a temporary replacement - Dialog's temporary is a lot longer than what temporary really means.

Anyways the only solution for this dreaded capacity issue is to switch the whole platform to MPEG4, which will solve it for a short time. One thing that we need to realise is that in the DTH environment, capacity is always an issue, but in Dialog's case it just  prolongs too much.

Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sundance Channel bites the dust

Out of all the channels that Dialog TV towards the end of April, it looks like we have the first casualty. Sundance Channel Asia is said to have been "temporarily" replaced by Citi Hitz which moved into the Channel No. 67 when it's channel space Channel No. 13 has now been allocated as "Test Transmission" and is now scrambled. One can't help but wonder if this is the return of the dreaded "Test Channel" that Dialog had all these years but was taken off a few months ago.

With Citi Hitz moving to the No. 67 slot its the first local channel to be given the MPEG4 treatment. Its not clear what's happening on the No. 13 slot, rumours suggest that it is possibly an local FTA channel such as "Rangiri Sri Lanka" that may appear. Some suggest that it might be the 24 hour news channel that is supposed to be launched by Derana or MTV/MBC.

Regardless it almost certain that it's a local channel considering it's present placement on the channel list. We certainly didn't expect "Sundance Channel" to the first casualty, our guess was that Hollywood gossip channel "E" might have been the first to face the axe.

It's time for Dialog TV to take steps to switch the remaining MPEG2 transponders to MPEG4 and increase the ever increasing need for capacity taking into consideration that channels are still being time shared, Neo Sports is now available instead of Neo Prime, whilst both channel showcase the German football league, we in Sri Lanka can watch only one.

Dialog TV has a long way to go, with impending competition soon to launch in Sri Lanka. It should be noted that the quality of TNL TV on Dialog TV as improved by leaps and bounds.

Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Channels & quality improvements

With yesterday's update Dialog TV have increased the number of channels allocated to subscribers. Gold package subscribers are now getting "Comedy Central, Fashion TV & History TV18" FOC which was available earlier at an additional charge. Additionally "Ten Action" has been allocated to all available packages except for the old CBNsat era packages.

Quality has improved in the MPEG4 transponders. At the moment Dialog TV is running 3 MPEG2 DVB-S1 transponders, 1 MPEG4 DVB-S1 transponder & 2 MPEG4 DVB-S2 transponder. The conversion of an additional transponder has given additional capacity for Dialog TV to add a few extra channels. However more capacity will be available if and when Dialog TV converts the other 3 MPEG2 transponders too, this is not expected any time soon considering the time taken to convert just one.

There are some complaints about the quality of the Ten Network channels since they happen to get more pixelated compared to the other sports channels which are on the MPEG4 transponders, "Ten Action" quality is supposed worst out of all the Ten Network channels. We hope this matter is rectified by increasing bandwidth allocated to those three channels.

At the moment the Test channels comprises of the following,
  • Test 1 - MTV Sports
  • Test 2 - CITI HITz (not sure if this channel is a good idea, it was a flop a few years ago)
  • Test 3 - MTV India
  • Test 4 - Cine Thirai (Tamil)
  • Test 5 - Sony Six
  • Test 6 - Sundance Channel
  • Test 7 - Universal Channel
  • Test 8 - E channel (good for those interested in Hollywood gossip, not sure it will last)
It's great to note that Dialog TV have added an additional Tamil Channel instead of a Hindi one, the addition of Sony Six is a good move considering that NBA, TNA & FIFA action is now on that channel & Dialog TV, Sundance might be popular among those who seek foreign language programming (this channel is operated by the same people who do the Sundance Film Festival). Universal Channel has a few reruns but could improve like Warner TV has been doing over the past year or so, "E" is mainly a hollywood gossip channel and it will be interesting to see how that channel will be received. If any channel from this list get booted for a better one, the most likely candidate would be "E".

Not forgetting to mention, the quality of the only only sole local English Language channel is horrible and is worse that normal FTA reception, this needs to be rectified ASAP.

It's not clear how the above channels will be allocated, whether they will be added to existing packages or will be available as additional add-ons isn't clear. However with the impending competition, it's best that Dialog will add these to existing packages. It's worth mentioning that these new channels haven't been officially launched as yet, hence the "Test" status.

Please continue updating us on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

** Updated at 11am - corrected errors in post

  • Dialog has five transponders not four as posted earlier (3 MPEG2, 2 MPEG4)