Monday, June 11, 2007

Interesting weekend developments

Well it is the beginning of another week and looking back at the weekend, there were some interesting happenings over the last few days. The weekend started off with the rumor that Dialog TV will be launching the new channels in August (we are unable to confirm this). However soon afterwards Dialog TV which had enabled the "IRD Update" function over several days had an update for download and several of our fellow bloggers seem to have downloaded the software and upgraded their decoder software. It looks like this update is for those who purchased their connections before December 2006 because those who purchased after December 2006 have a different version of the software on their decoder.

Anyway after updating several of them have been able to access Multi Day EPG on certain channels and claim of better picture quality. Some of our bloggers who have been unable to update their decoders when the update was made available are unable to do so because the "IRD Update" function has now been disabled, we believe Dialog TV will enable it again at a later date.

However anyone who scans for channels using their decoder are being shown the third transponder and the amount of channels it contains but the channels do not show up on the list though.

At the rate things are progressing we believe that the channels will be launched soon, the exact date is not known and as far as the rumor regarding the postponement is concerned we do not think that it is true but we hope anyone who has information regarding the exact launch date will comment.

31 comments:

Priyantha De Silva said...

I Repeat that for The New page & New comers,

DTV & all 26 channels' June schedule available here. Click on below link & Save the file in to your PC as an Excel sheet.
Than first one,

* Discovery Information Guide,
* Travel & Living,
* History Channels &
* AXN's episode numbers are available in this new DTV Schedule.

Download the file as Excel Sheet on "http://www.divshare.com/download/870174-ffe"

Looser said...

Last few days on Zone Reality there were lots of blackouts, DTV should rectify this too.

And sometimes AXN also has a freezing problem but not like earlier SET.

cbnsatcustomer said...

Kalu and Riky

Any news?

Jughead said...

@Michael

I'm no expert in ths field but thought of giving my two cents worth for you to get back to original line up without duplication.

i assume you have the old decorder. if so just do a "Restore Factory Defaults". While in the process when you are doing the "Manual scan" ensure you pick TP1 (dont scan TP2 or 3)under transponder settings.

it will work. atleast to do away with the duplications.

in my case i only chose TP1 for scanning and it automatically picks TP2. thats the reason behind the above suggestion.

hope it works for you too. :)

D.L.R. said...

Hi Guys,
I've two things to clarify.
Last week I was in Karachi, my hotal has 85 cable channels. Apart from urdu some good english cannels too.

My Q is, suddenly one or two channels went black & WINDOWS XP booting screen apear just like our pc. then desktop also visible with mouce movement. after 10 to 20 min picture comes back.
Can any body explain it pl?

Q2: My new phone (Nokia 6300)has Email client under massege. does anybody knows how to configure my yahoo mail to that.

Nice to see my decorder's updatation. Waiting 4 good new channels.

AMD said...

Guys, i have the old decoder with the new software. When i try to restore factory settings, it starts scanning all 3 TP's and i get the 54 channels.

laksirif said...

Hi Friends,

Just now I contacted DTV customer care & inquired as to how I could update SW & get multiday EPG. After checking with their Technical section he advised me the following:-

Goto Menu & change factory defaults & exit. Then Modify LNB by pressing Red Button. Exit again. Then TI, TP2 & TP3 should appear. Then select TP3 & select manual scan(Blue Button). According him with tt not only will select chanels it would update sw. Unfortunately i am not in a position to do this until I go home from office, in the evening. Thought of sharing this information with you guys so that someone can try and we may here the results.

AMD said...

@ laksirif, tks for the info.

Did he happen to say when they may activate the new channels ?

Priyantha De Silva said...

tecnosat ,

I've the same problem you have. I think SET must me come again, it's better than MAX. Because it shows some musical shows on weekends & the best thing of SET is, Filmfare Awards
, the only channel it shows.

When we talk MAX, I've never seen any thing on it after the World cup. If SET is there will watch something more than MAX even Sunday.

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

d.l.r,
"My Q is, suddenly one or two channels went black & WINDOWS XP booting screen apear just like our pc. then desktop also visible with mouce movement. after 10 to 20 min picture comes back.
Can any body explain it pl?"

I think they are using IPTV.

"
Q2: My new phone (Nokia 6300)has Email client under massege. does anybody knows how to configure my yahoo mail to that."

You need a POP3 supported mail service to do this. Currently only the paid version of Yahoo supports POP3. However gmail supports POP3 and if you have a gmail account you can configure it as mentioned in gmail help-->POP access

WELE said...

AMD (I am repeating this for your benefit- I posted this on a different thread)

The duplication of channels can be eliminated by going to Channel Edit under Installation Menu and deleting the extra channel given in the 3rd Transponder. This deletion is not permanent and can be restored by restoring factory defaults under the Installation Menu.

This was done in the Newer Decoder (or newer software)

you have to press the delete button (RED or BLUE- cant remember) then an icon of a scissor appears in front of the channel deleted (you can mark all the duplicated channels for deletion in one go.) then PRESS EXIT- it will ask whether changes should be SAVED- press OK and then the extra channels will disappear as stated by me earlier. I suppose if you press MENU instead of EXIT then the changes will not occur (may be tge Menu button acts as a cancel button which discards the changes- i.e. the deletions of the channels)

TechnoGuy said...

The EPG Problem according to my research...

The 7 Day EPG takes a long time to load. Why?

The EPG data for each channel is probably streamed togther with the audio and video of the channel. Therefore there is a low bitrate reserved for the EPG data.
This was OK for the Current and Next EPG on old software (though there were small delays too).
On the 7 Day EPG, it takes some time to load all 7 day's information because of the low speed of the EPG data stream.

Solution:-
Stream the EPG Data of all channels seperately from the main channels. Althoug bandwidth-taking, this method will allow faster download of the EPG for a channel. Also, a user could view the EPG of another channel without changing to it. And there could be a search system like the one on Tata Sky.

This EPG Stream would be a data stream like the existing "Software Data" stream.

Consider doing so, Dialog. It will be great for the users. Most other satellite broadcasters have this system.

cbnsatcustomer said...

Do a chabnnel re scan now. I think they're testing new channels. Channel names come as Test1,Test2..etc. There's channel names as TENSPORTS.

cbnsatcustomer said...

ABC,HALL-M,E---5. I did a re-scan again and they're now renamed as NoName1,NoName2...others Test1,Test2.. There are 22 TV channels in 11468 new transponder :)

laksirif said...

Hi Friends,

I did a factory default setting followed by modify LNB. Then I selected manual scan. I found only TP1 & TP2. After selecting TP2 did a scaned for channels. Then I got 18 channels under TP1, 18 + 10 Radio channels under TP2 & another 22 channels under TP3. Altogether 58 channels + 10 Radio. Channels beyond 36 are shown as Test1, Test 2, Test 3 etc upto I think Test 12 or something which I'm not too sure. One thing the last 4 or so are shown as unauthorized. Since I started to record a movie I stopped further exploration. Planning to resume again a little later. Shall update u guys. This definitely shows that the Test transmissions will start soon. Our faith in Kalu's predictions should pay dividend.

cbnsatcustomer said...

No video/audio from new channels. Out of 22 channels, 4 are scrambled others show Service is not running message.

JD said...

hi,
on my way to work today saw huge billboard on baseline road which read 'await June 17th' or something similar. Not sure if this from dtv as the background was in all yellow and no logo was present at all. Wonder if this is the launch date for the new channels..

AMD said...

Thanks WELE, it worked...

Yes i think they are testing the channels..

Ch 37 - 54 - Test 1 - 18 - Service Not RUnning

Ch 55 - Tensports,
56 - Hallmark
57 - E---5
58 - ABC

For these the message is Service is currently scrambled..

Well now at least we can see something happening....

sonik said...

The test channels and "no name" channels are gone. there are only 4 channels on tp3. namely tensports, abc, "hall-m--" and "e--- 5--". the test patterns aint working. delete the new tp3 channels and do a rescan.
why does the time keep coming and going?

cbnsatcustomer said...

Sri Lanka Telecom to commence IPTV in six months
Monday, June 11, 2007, 14:07 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is planning to commence an Internet Protocol television service within six months. SLT has already obtained the license for the service, a SLT spokesperson said.

SLT hopes to use the country’s widest network available to provide a user-friendly TV service with competitively priced packages.

The multimedia service will provide TV, video on demand and many other facilities via the broadband connections in the beginning, said the SLT spokesman.

Amalka said...

last night i saw TenSport on channel number 55 or 54..just 1 minitues pictures come & go... i think DTV people try to give a new channels

firi said...

Yes, TEN was on air for some time last night. This is a good sign guys.

D.L.R. said...

Thnkx LST for your infor

my decorder is old version bought in Nov- 2005. will they add 7day epg for ours too? otherwise they have to replace this. we paid 17k+ not 8K+ for this old decorder

after rescaning now I can see new channel line up , but not any changes to epg.

AMD said...

@ Sonik

I still had the channels like this in the morning:

Ch 37 - 54 - Test 1 - 18 - Service Not RUnning

Ch 55 - Tensports,
56 - Hallmark
57 - E---5
58 - ABC

For these the message is Service is currently scrambled..

@ D.L.R

I got my decoder in April 2006, also paid 17,500, after the IRD update i get the 7 day EPG for some channels, but it takes time to load ( about 3 mins )

Jesika said...

Hi I have the old decoder. What should i do to have the 7 day EPG?
The IRD update is disabled for me!
Pls help.

I have added TP3 manually as Sinhala Guy Sri Lanka said ( Freq - 11468 / Sym.rate - 27689).
will i able to see the test transition?

Gamini said...

hey guys!!!
my channel lineup is as follows.

37-54 Test 1 to Test 18

from 55 - 58 Noname1 to Noname4.( yesterday it was TESNPORT, ABC, E-- and HALLMARK.but not now.)

I think its changed today. Coz today i did a system restore and a rescan.

hey!!! when they did test tramsmission after the cbnsat( i mean after dialog got the cbnsat) was it like this?

did it take a lot of time to activate those channels?
someone pls comment.

@ jessica

u cant get the multi day epg at the moment because you havent done the upgrade. There is no difference between the old and new one, Both are the same. The thing is software different. You will have to wait till DTV activates the online download stream again.
If you wanna see the new channels.do a manual scan. As the 3rd TP is there in the NIT. the decorder will automatically scan for channels in da 3rd TP.
but the thing is after they actiavate the IRD upgrade, duunno wheather they will change the passwords though. Lucky this time it was 1234. We could guess it know. AMD pls comment.

hey!!! in the satcodx it says that the software loader is activatee? u know y?

AMD said...
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Micheal said...

@ Wele,

Many Thanks. It worked. Channel duplication is no longer there.

@ Jughead

Thanks for your info also. The above method worked. So I did not try yours.Thanks anyway.

Micheal

Priyantha De Silva said...

DTV June Schedule

DTV & all 26 channels' June schedule available here. Click on below link & Save the file in to your PC as an Excel sheet.
Than first one,

* Discovery Information Guide,
* Travel & Living,
* History Channels &
* AXN's episode numbers are available in this new DTV Schedule.

Download the file as Excel Sheet on "http://www.divshare.com/download/870174-ffe"

sonik said...
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yakuza said...

hey
help meee!!!!!!

ive Restored factory default

now i cant view any channels. the light is gone red.
when i search for channels under satellite name CBNSat it says "No transponder" or "NIT search failure"
how can i modify the LNB settings for CBNSat?
what is the low frequency i should enter for default satellite CBNSat?
the high frequency is disabled.

(note:i can add the new transponder manually)

thank you