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


Monday, May 18, 2015

Panicking or Preparing

The last few days we have seen a spate of extra channels being allocated to Dialog TV packages such as Diamond & Pearl. These two were possibly some of the cheapest packages on Dialog TV & were designed to contain a bare minimum of channels.

In case you wondering why there was a sudden change of heart, it's because competition has decided on a launch date. We know that Dialog have dreaded this day for the past few years & have been taking positive steps towards this day. The recent addition of channels, conversion to MPEG4, as well as the allocation of all channels to the Gold Package instead of the creation of a super rich Vibranium Package (Vibranium is the metal used by Captain America on his shield :) ) were all indications that Dialog was preparing for the competition, however the recent allocation of channels to the lower packages suggest a bit of panicking too.

To be fair it should be said that the competition is most likely to include Indian feeds for channels for which we have traditionally enjoyed Asian feeds. Also we don't see too many reductions in the HD area because competition is not looking into HD at the moment.

Dialog indeed has an edge over the competition, in terms of Asian feeds, HD & channels that competition lacks. If Dialog can get Fox Movies Premium it will help them. These advantages that Dialog has over the competition is not hard for this competitor to achieve. Being touted as Asia's largest DTH provider it will be a simple task. Unless Dialog does something drastic, competition might just eat into Dialog's share of the market. Maybe not immediately but in the foreseeable future.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cartoon Network Asia returns

The on going Cartoon Network saga underwent another surprising turn with the return of Cartoon Network Asia to Dialog TV. This decision was taken most likely after several complaints were raised regarding the Indianised nature of Cartoon Network India which consists of Indian accent English, Hindi toons, etc.

This means that parents can now rest easy, however it seems that the Toonami channel is still running the Indian feed. So far the channel telecasts non-Indianised content which however will change very soon. Dialog will have to take steps to switch it to Toonami Asia. The other two channels of concern as Pogo & Nick channels which mostly telecast Hindi language programmes. Dialog should take steps to switch Pogo with Boomerang Asia & Nick India with Nick Asia takes steps to switch Disney Junior India with Disney Junior Asia or Disney Channel Asia.

With the impending entry of serious competition, Dialog should do these changes to differentiate themselves from competition. The switching of all kids channels to an Asian feed will keep them ahead of the competition.