Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dialog's HD dilemma & solution

Recently Dialog TV have been sending SMS to Dialog TV subscribers offering the HD channels at special rates for a limited period of time. This comes hot on the heels of a free preview for HD channels which ended a week or so ago.

It seems that the adoption of the HD package among even those of the Gold package is low. It's a well known fact that those who really want the HD Channels are opting for the Indian DTH services where they offer a higher number of HD channels at almost half the prices offered by Dialog TV for the Gold package which doesn't have HD as standard.

Even though Dialog introduced HD several years ago they haven't been exactly been able to make inroads to the HD market. Most of the HD Channels are the same provided by the Indian operators except in the case of AXN HD & Setanta HD. Dialog doesn't have a dedicated HD movie channel now after the pull out of Star Movies HD. Many have been requesting for Fox Movies Premium but it does not look like that will ever materialize. Star World Premiere was a good addition but regional rights have been affecting the programming, however it's a channel that should be retained.

To solve Dialog's HD dilemma we propose that they add the HD channels to the Gold package FOC, this would prove to be a incentive to attract subscribers to the Gold package, in addition they will be able to better attract those who opt for Indian services. If this situation goes unchecked the Indian services will gain a strong foothold on the HD market in Sri Lanka.

The ball is in Dialog's court now, will they opt for making a short term profit or for benefiting in the long run

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

Software Update....

Last night a software update has been made available to all Dialog TV subscribers who are using the HD Decoder. The update doesn't contain anything in terms of terms but is probably related to it's Internal functions.  According to some SupremeSat 1 which was listed as a satellite is now no longer on the list.

This means that the rumored satellite switch over may not happen or has been delayed for now. Other than that nothing significant has happened on the platform as of late, there are a few more channel slots that Dialog has to fill, the most awaited being the movie channel on the slot allocated for movies. The is space for a few local channels which maybe filled by local channels or International ones.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dialog TV adds Setanta Sports HD

Dialog TV added Setanta Sports HD with effect from yesterday. This now becomes the third HD sports channel on the platform. The  content is exactly similar to what is provided on the SD feed.

The channel is presently available FOC due to the promotion celebrating 500,000 subscribers but we expect it to be more highly priced than the present HD channels. With the addition of this channel, Dialog has no transponder space for any more HD channels.

Slowly but surely Dialog is filling up it's empty slots, the most anticipated empty slot which is yet to be filled is the one that is in the movie channel group. Everyone hopes that it will be filled with Fox Movies Premium, although nothing can be confirmed as yet.

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


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

500,000 subscribers & re-adding test channels

According to information coming out of the Dialog TV camp, the Dialog TV subscriber base has hit 500,000 subscribers. This includes both post paid & prepaid subscribers. It's a good achievement by far taking. However the time to celebrate is short since they are facing increased competition which has no doubt done a lot of good for Dialog TV.

In other news Trace TV, Travel XP, Da Vinci Learning & Zee Cinema International have been added permanently to the channel line up with effect from yesterday.

Many are eagerly awaiting to see what new movie channel Dialog TV will add to the platform. Our hope is that Fox Movies Premium will be added to the line up on both HD & SD.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dialog halts "test" channels

In a surprising move on the 1st June, Dialog halted test channels, Trace TV, Travel XP, Da Vinci Learning & Zee Cinema International. These channels which went on air just a week or so ago vanished completely. Surprisingly all channel were made available for all packages which was more of a technical failure than a free preview.

Now almost 4 days later, the channels are still unavailable. We wonder whether the competitor had anything to do with this. Since they did not pose as much a threat that Dialog expected they may have decided to launch these channels over a longer period of time.

Only time will tell the true reason behind this move but Dialog stay on track cos if they are not on their guard, the day competition gets their act together, Dialog will be in big trouble.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Da Vinci Learning - now testing

German based childrens educational channel "Da Vince Learning" has joined "Trace TV" & "Travel XP" on test mode on Dialog TV.

This channel focuses on children/teens educational needs & has many of Discovery Kids programming too. Unlike in this region Discovery Kids is not a dedicated cartoon channel in other parts of the world.

It looks more channels will join the lineup soon as Dialog TV looks to fill up all it's blank slots in the near future.

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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trace Urban & Travel XP on test

With effect from last night Dialog TV have begun testing music channel TRACE URBAN (Ch. 42) & travel channel TRAVEL XP (Ch. 66). Both these channels are HD by default, however Dialog is downgrading them to SD & relaying them. Trace TV which originates from France telecasts Urban Music & Travel XP which is head quartered in India telecast travel related programming mainly focusing on Asia & has many programmes based on Sri Lanka too. In time to come we will likely see the channels being upgraded to HD once they have secured some transponders.

Unlike the past we feel that these channels will be made available to lower level packages & will not be limited to the highest Gold package.

It great to see Dialog TV add some interesting channels as of late after some lacklustre performance over the years.

It seems that the rumor mill hasn't subsided either on the launch of "MTV Europe" on Dialog TV in the near future & it may just come true.

Please keep your eyes peeled since you never know what will show up on those test slots.

Websites: Travel XP - http://www.travelxp.tv/
                 Trace TV - http://www.trace.tv/en/tv/urban