Monday, August 6, 2007

Star Bouquet now available

The channels belonging to the Star Bouquet Star Plus, Star World, Star Vijay and Star Movies are now on Dialog TV. The channels were uplinked on Friday August 3rd 2007. Star Plus, World and Vijay are from the Indian beam whereas Star Movies is the East Asia feed. The Star channels are expected to boost Dialogs popularity and would prove be a marketing tool to attract a large number of subscribers. It is not clear onto which packages these channels will be allocated to but it looks like Star Movies will be on the Rs 1600/= package and the others would be allocated to the Rs 900/= package. We do not believe that any of the above channels would be allocated to the Rs 500/= package.

The Star channels were the most eagerly anticipated channels among subscribers and they have been introduced after a delay owing to technical and then administrative issues.

Star Cricket was not introduced along with the above channels and according to unconfirmed sources, Star Cricket would be available either today or tomorrow. After the introduction of Star Cricket be believe that Dialog should concentrate on fine tuning their broadcast to sort out some freezing problems, inaccurate EPG and other minor problems in certain channels.

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

118 comments:

riky said...

Star cricket will come up today

CN said...

Indeed, finally some closure. I was ecstatic on Friday night, and relieved that my wavy decision to get DTV 5 months ago (after disposing of my 7-year Comet connection) finally paid off, fully...

I would recommend that the next thread after this (after a few rantings on Star subsides) be focussed on what future improvements DTV should focus on.

Right now it seems:
1) PIXELATION
2) PIXELATION
3) PIXELATION
4) EPG accuracy & constancy
5) Freezing Issues
6) Other issues (guides, audio syncs, etc...

Also, with Comet's digital plans in the offing, LBO expansion plans, DTV needs to pull out a little over the sidewalk and start thinking competitively, who knows after a few months what sort of competition they would be up against.

Finally, for those DTV staff/Riky or his/her boss reading this blog - A Sincere thank you for introducing the Star Channels!!!

Now beef up your sundry weaknesses (some of which mentioned above)...

kumara said...

Riky,

THANKS FOR THE INFROMATION. DO YOU HAVE ANY NEWS ABOUT DTV PLANS AFTER STAR CRICKET. HOW ABOUT IMPROIVNG CHANNEL QUALITY.

riky said...

@ Kumara

They will cocentrate on the quality aspect and other technical feautures after today as the technical team can devote more time to this.

kumara said...

Riky,

OK RIKY. IF THEY DO THAT IT WILL BE EXCELLENT.

SO LETS TAKE THIS OPPRTUNITY TO THANK EVERYBODY IN DTV WHO PUT LOT OF EFFORT TO PROVIDE US ADDITIONAL CHANNELLS DURING PAST TWO MONTHS.

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kumara said...

kumara said...
MATES,

WHAT HAPPENED TO EVERYBODY.. ONLY VERY FEW GUYS ARE HERE. MAY BE MOST OF THEM ARE TIRED AFTER THE WEEKEND HAVING WATCHED DTV.

ALF,

DO THEY SHOW INDIA - ENGLAND MATCHES ON STAR CRICKET. SINCE YOU HAVE DISH TV YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS.

Vishkid said...

Anyone on 900/- package can see any star channels? What are they?

(or is there no one on 900/- package there days .... :P)

And at the risk of sounding dumb - you need to do a re-scan to get the Star channels, is it?

disney said...

THE STAR MOVIES EAST ASIA FEED IS EXCELLENT. HOPEFULLY, THERE WON'T BE A SHIFT FROM THIS FEED TO THE INDIA FEED IN FUTURE. WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO END UP WATCHING TOO MANY ADS AND SPEND ABOUT 3 HOURS ON A 2-HOUR MOVIE ON A CHANNEL THAT WE EAGERLY WAITED FOR, FOR SO LONG.

STAR MOVIES COULDN'T HAVE COME AT A BETTER TIME. IT'S FAN FEST ON STAR MOVIES
ON THE LOT - SUPERB REALITY SHOW FOR THOSE WHO ARE ASPIRING TO BECOME DIRECTORS, BE IT ADS OR MOVIES
THANKS DIALOG TV

kumara said...

Vishkid, Jessika,

ON BEHALF OF YOU TWO I CALLED DTV CUSTOMER CARE.THEY INFORMED ME THAT ONLY STAR VIJAY AND STAR WORLD IS THERE FOR 900+PKG.
STAR MOVIES AND STAR PLUS IS ONLY FOR 1400+PKG. GOING BY THAT IT CAN BE ASSUMED STAR CRICKET ALSO FOR 1400 PKG ONLY

alf said...

KUMARA,

YES MACHANG,THE THIRD TEST WILL START ON FRIDAY AND THE COVERAGE HAS BEEN EXCELLANT.ON THE OTHER DAYS THEY HAVE BEEN SHOWING THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE (MAINLY PRO 40).THE OVERALL QUALITY IS EXCELLANT AND HOPE DTV KEEPS UP WITH THE SAME QUALITY.

soorapappa said...

@vishkid,
yes. You have to rescan to get new channels (no need to set factory defaults though...).

kumara said...

ALF,

THANKS FOR THE NEWS. HOPE DTV WILL GIVE GOOD QUALITY STAR CRICKET CHANNELL EQUAL TO STAR MOVIES. OTHERWISE WHEN THE BATSMAN STRIKE THE BALL, IT WILL DISAPPERAR FROM THE SCREEN.

AMD said...

@ Riky

Tks for the info. Looking forward to Star Cricket today. :)

soorapappa said...

@alf,
After I've got info from you, went to telecave and watched dish channels. But their signal quality and level less than 60%. How much level and quality do you have with your Dish connection ?
When I've compared coverage and bit rate in stacodex, it seems like Dish has lower bitrate (http://www.satcodx3.com/0950/eng/) than tata sky (http://www.satcodx3.com/0830/eng/). So I suspect tata sky has better quality than Dish. Only problem is tata sky satellite footprint is marginal for Sri Lanka. Do you know more info regarding this ? have you seen tata sky channles in sri lanka ?

Kaushal said...

if anyone is looking for the Star Movies schedule, you can get it from here:
http://www.startv.com/schedules/HK/4a28ec25534afbc4065a903b1412214d


Please note that the times are for Hong Kong, so you need to subtract two and half hours from the time given to get the SL time. Please also do not select Sri Lanka from the list of regions on the left because it will give you the schedule for the Indian feed of Star Movies.

Enjoy..

alf said...

SOORAPAPPA.

NO I HAVENT SEEN TATASKY IN SRI LANKA BUT I HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT THEY HAVE BETTER QUALITY COMPARED TO DISH,I GET A LEVEL OF 70% ON MY DISH CONNECTION AND ITS OF VERY GOOD QUALITY.

I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS,BUT I THINK STAR MOVIES IN DTV IS MUCH BETTER IN QUALITY THAN DISH AND MAYBE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FEED.

kumara said...

Kaushal,

MATE THANKS A LOT FOR THE STAR MOVIES SITE INFORMATION. I HAVE BBEN TRYING TO GET THIS INFORMATION BUT STARMOVIE INDIAN SITE DOES NOT HAVE THIS. FINALLY I HAVE TO GET THIS FROM PRIYANTHAS SCHEDULE.

SINCE THIS SITE HAS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FILM YOUR INFORMATION IS MORE USEFUL. SO THANKS AGAIN

Vishkid said...

Thanks Kumara and Soorapappa ..

Well I guess, Star World is something ... and as for Star plus - it's completely Hindi right? If so I don't want another one of those ...

Any news on the world cup - it's only a month away.

soorapappa said...

@alf,
Thanks. Of course star movies Asian feed is better than Indian feed. Have you compared star world in DTV and Dish. Are there a visible difference in picture/sound quality ?

@others,
sorry if I'm off topic (but think it's important for new connection seekers)

@riky,
I've heard from one of my friend that there is a rumor that DTV is NOT going to give a la carte (or pay per view). Is this true ? Please answer. (if you don't know about this. please say so... then I don't bother you again :-). VERY BIG THANK FOR YOU !!!

Jesika said...

Thanks kumara

Dear admin
Pls remove the Word Verification !!!

cable said...

Star World and star movies have aretfacts/pixelations when fast moving pictures are broadcast I dont know if DTV will be able to rectify this.

Today morning when alien was shown in the final part of the movie there is one scene when a blue light was blinking the artetaces/pixelation was very very bad. Have any of you noticed in any channel when photograph lights flsashes the pixelation appearing?

If you have seen a scene where a film star is walking to a film premire or an event and a gaggle of photographers are taking photos you sould have seen a large amount of artefaces

TERRY said...

I think the CC guys are making a mistake here,Star Cricket is for 1400.00 but Star plus should be on the 900.00 pack,maybe they will rectify the error very soon.

Jesika said...

terry
i have 90- package . i dont have star plus too !!

star said...

One more Tamil TV channel to be launched

Mega TV, a new Tamil satellite television channel, has been floated by the family of a Congress MP from Tamil Nadu with an aim to propagate the ideology of the Congress, nationalism and national development.

The TV channel would start telecasting from August 20, the birth anniversary of the late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Mega TV would be a free-to-air 24-hour entertainment and news channel. ISRO's INSAT 2B would be used for beaming the programmes.

hiru said...

Cricket

Indians surely would like to win matches. But if and when they win.. then those matches are shown repeatedly. Luckily they didn't qualify for super 8 in world Cup 
If they have won the world cup those matches would have shown in all Star, ESPN and Star Sports even now. I believe this is mainly due to sponsorships they get even for repeat telecasts.

So, unfortunately will have to expect India to loose matches very often.

alf said...

HIRU.

I AGREE WITH YOU,THESE BUGGERS HAVE EVEN MADE INROADS TO STAR WORLD AND SOME HINDI CRAP IS BROADCASTED ON IT,THE HK FEEDS OF STAR WOULD BE FANTASTIC BUT DONT KNOW WHETHER THEY HAVE CRICKET IN THEM.

era said...

ANY DISH TV WATCHER CAN TELL ME THAT WITCH CHANNEL IS SHOWING THE PROG. WITCH ARE SHOWING SIRASA FROM 8.00 PM TO 10.00 PM IN RANDEPAYA

star said...

@hiru,

please note that telecast rights of the world cup matches are with SONY TV for the south asian area.

Therefore, even india won the world cup, it will not be repeated in ESPN,STAR CRICKET & STAR SPORTS because they do not have the rights to telecast these matches.

But, i agreed with your comment.

alf said...

ERA

I DONT WATCH "GON DEPAYA" AND I DONT ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO WATCH THAT.GON DEPAYA IS GOOD FOR UNEDUCATED AND FOOLISH PEOPLE,BUT NOT FOR BLOGGERS HERE WHO ARE WELL AWARE OF THE QUALITY CONTENT YOU GET IN DTH SERVICES.

cable said...

@era

I think a lot of it is shown in star plus but the episodes are much newer than what is shown in sirasa

hush said...

hall mark channel epg is shown that of Malaysia which is 2.5h ahead.
no epg on VH1.

Hope they would attend to these issues after uplinking star cricket.

kumara said...

Vishkid,

I WOULD GIVE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT 20 20 WC AS YOU HAVE ASKED FOR. IF YOU ARE CRICKET CRAZY LIKE ME THIS INFORMATION IS STALE.

" ESPN-STAR Sports Tuesday announced the launch a cricket specific channel from June this year.

The new channel would telecast 24 test matches and 42 One-day Internationals in the current year, including India's upcoming tour of England comprising four tests and seven One-day Internationals.

ESPN-STAR Sports will also beam the Twenty20 World Championship from South Africa in September by virtue of having won the rights to telecast International Cricket Council tournaments till 2012. The Twenty20 tournament is the first of the several tournaments it will telecast.

'The launch of STAR Cricket is part of our long term strategy to further strengthen our offering to the sports fans in the country,' said R.C. Venkateish, managing director of ESPN Software India Pvt. Ltd.

SO 20 20 WC TELECST WILL BE ON ESPN, STAR CRICKET OR STAR SPORTS. AS YOU ARE HAVING 900PKG YOU BETTER FIND OUT WHETHER STAR SPORTS TELECST 20 20 WC. HOWEVER SIRASA ALSO WILL BE TELECASTING 20 20 WC. SO YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MISS MUCH.

AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WC SCHEDULE AND LATEST NEWS YOU CAN VISIT FOLLOWING SITE WHICH THE OFFICIAL SITE OF CRICINFO.COM FOR 20 20 WC.

http://content-www.cricinfo.com/twenty20wc/content/series/286109.html?template=schedule

Jesika said...

Zee Studio EPG is also missing !

___________________________________
Dear Admin:
Pls remove the Word Verification !
___________________________________

Jesika said...

SET SUB is like watching a scratched VCD !!

___________________________________
Dear Admin:
Pls remove the Word Verification !
___________________________________

bank_dude said...

Kumara said
"HOWEVER SIRASA ALSO WILL BE TELECASTING 20 20 WC. SO YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MISS MUCH."

Machan except missing the last ball of the previous over and the first ball of the next over :)

kumara said...

MACHANG BANK_DUDE,

YOU KNOW THESE SIRASA BUGGARS ARE INFAMOUS TO COPY EVERYTHING THAT HINDI CRAP CHANNELLS ARE DOING.

LAST WC IN WI WAS SHOWN LIKE THAT BY THAT HINDI CRAP CHANNELLS. NO FIRST AND LAST BALLS. I HAD TO SWITCH TO CHANNELL EYE TO WATCH FIRST AND LAST BALL. BUT EYE CHANNELL WAS WORSE BECAUSE THEY USED ONLY 50% OF THR SCREEN BALANCE FOR THE ETERNAL ADS.

SO IF SIRASA TELECAST 20 20 WC THEY WILL COPY WHAT HINDI CRAP CHANNELS DO. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THEM. ONLY THINGS LIKE " SIRSALESS GON DEPAYA "

bank_dude said...

Kumara,

I enjoyied WC channel eye coverage than hindi crap though they have reduce the screen size. But Eye coverage far more superior than sirasa

bank_dude said...

@Riky,

We have faith on you. Let us enjoy Star cricket from today onwards.

alf said...

ERA,


OK,PONSI,SIT ON THE SOFA WITH YOUR NIGHT DRESS AND ENJOY GON DEPAYA,PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE A REAL ASSET TO SIRASA TV WHO IS TRYING TO DESTROY THE CULTURE IN THIS COUNTRY,

I DOUBT YOU HAVE ANY STRENGTH BELOW YOUR WAIST AND FOR THE SIMPLE REASON A MALE WITH BACKBONE IN THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER WATCH A PROGRAMME LIKE "GON DEPAYA"

ENJOY MATE

PS;WHY DONT YOU WATCH SOME WOMENS TENNIS ON STAR AND AT LEAST LEARN ABOUT THE QUALITY OF WOMEN THAT PLAY THE GAME LIKE(JUSTIN HENIN,MARIA SHARPOVA,WILLIAMS SISTERS,MARION BARTOLI ETC),BUT I BET YOU WILL WATCH SANIA MIZRA WITH THE INFLUENCE YOU HAVE,NO WONDER.

riky said...

@ bank_dude

Ya,its planned tonight and hope nothing goes wrong.

Thanura said...

Guys,
Star movies, star world and star plus EPG now available.

I think they are hoping to give star cricket before 9.30PM.

DTV has sent a message saying us to keep our decoders on @ 9.30PM. They are going to add star bouquet to the line up. (for those who did not do a channel rescan manually)

If star cricket isn't introduced before 9.30PM, DTV will have to do another scan from their end after they introduce star cricket. so i think they will give star cricket before 9.30PM.

riky, any comments ??????
(i'm jst guessing. do you think thats what they are planning to do)

star said...

Tata Sky Ltd (TSL), a joint venture between the Tata and the STAR group offering Direct to Home Service (DTH), is confident of breaching the 1-million subscribers mark before it completes one year of operation as it had suggested at the time of its launch in August last year.

It also expects the DTH platform to become an overwhelming favourite with the television viewers in the country and the number of DTH customers is expected to increase five fold in the next five years.

The Tata Sky was present in more than 4,200 towns and there were over 35,000 dealers and the number of direct and indirect employees was around 5,000.

star said...

70 new channels from india.

With over 70 new TV channels expected to be launched in the next three to six months, consumers will get more choice of television content.

But this is causing worry for cable operators because the technology currently being used allows only 70 channels to be telecast.

Applications from over 50 companies to launch 72 new cable channels are pending before the ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) for necessary clearances.

The new launches will include channels from leading broadcasters and production houses such as NDTV, INX Media, BAG Films and TV18 group among others.

Currently, about 220 channels have the necessary permission to downlink their channels in India. Downlinking of channel means permission to download the channels from the satellite for further transmission and re-transmission.

Once the downlinking permission is granted, the total number of cable and satellite channels in the country will cross the 300 mark.

But the addition of more cable channels is a worrying factor for the local cable operators as most of the cable distribution platform in the country is in analogue (television channels distributed on co-axial wire).

In the analogue mode of distribution, cable operators can not offer more than 70 cable channels to consumers. Therefore, it will be difficult for cable operators to telecast all the new channels, industry experts said.

According to the government plan, India should switch from the current analogue transmission of cable channels to digital delivery between 2010 and 2015. While CAS has been implemented in parts of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, the government is still exploring faster rollout of digital cable in the country.

Apart from cable and satellite channels, there are a large number of local cable channels available in all parts of the country. In addition of satellite channels, there are over 200 local television channels available in the country.

According to sources in the I&B ministry, about half of the new applications are for news and entertainment channels while the rest are for regional channels.

russel said...

thanura

when did u recieve a message like that? i never recieved that kinda message from dtv.

riky

any news about the 4th TP? they wont be adding any more channels know? anyway, i 'm quite happy with the present channel lineup.

i would be even more happier if the small small problems are solved.( eg.pixelation, freezing porbs, epg probs etc.)

thanks

russel said...

1 more question. if anyone know the answer pls comment.

why are they always adding new channels at night?

kumara said...

russell,

DTV SENT A MESSAGE TO EVERY BODY TO DO A SCAN AND ADD STAR BOQUET DURING WEEKEND. FOR THOSE WHO DIDNOT DO THE SCAN DTV DOING IT ON BEAHLF OF EVERYBODY. THEY DID THAT LAST TIME ALSO EVEN WE DID THE SCAN FOR OTHER CHANNELLS.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE GOING TO ADD STAR CRICKET WITH THAT. IT IS ONLY AN ASSUMPTION FROM THANURA.

BUT AS RIKY INFORMED US IN THE MORNING DTV MAY ADD STAR CRICKET TODAY. SO IF THEY ARE DOING IT TODAY, THE BEST TIME TO DO IT WHEN THEY ADD STAR BOQUET. SO TO THAT EXTENT THANURAS GEUSS IS OK.

WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

FOR YOUR OTHER QUESTION I AM NOT SURE WHY THEY ADD CHANNELLS DURING NIGHT. MAY BE BECAUSE MOST OF THE VIEWERS ARE AT HOME DURING THAT TIME OF THE DAY.

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

"why are they always adding new channels at night?"

Because they think it's romantic with the moon and everything :D

riky said...

Star Cricket could not be uplinked yesterday due to some minor technical issues which are being sorted out at present.

It will defeneitly come on air by Wednesday.

AMD said...

@ Riky,

I have a question and i think ur the best person to ask it from:

Today on the sun fm morning they were talking about DTV and the star channels and all, and they said that all 53 channels ( without star cricket ) will be available to the 1400 package customers, its a special offer until the 30th of september and until that time new customers will not be charged extra for this.

Can u clarify this?

DDS said...

AMD,
1,400 IS THE FULL PACKAGE.WHAT SO SPECIAL ABOUT THAT OFFER. MUST B EXCLUDED FROM VAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kumara said...

MAY BE BUGGARS ARE PLANNING TO INCREASE THE PRICE THEREAFTER

nishantha said...

If some one know about the web addres and Email of Arttv Sri Lanka

Please tell me

AMD said...

@ DDS & Kumara,

What i understand is that they may ask customers who get the conenction after the 30th sept to pay an extra rental for star.

yakuza said...

dfsa

yakuza said...

@amd

does that means there will be a change of the package structure after the 30th?

AMD said...

@ Yakuza,

I guess there will be for NEW connections, but we will have star, and maybe after they introduce TP4 with more channels then we will have to expect a higher rental package with more channels.

Anyways lets not get excited about it now, the ad said the offer is until the 30th of SEPTEMBER.

Anyway lets see if Riky has any news on this.

Dude said...

@amd

I guess you may be correct since when they add new channels to TP4 it will be for the new higher package and then for us to get those channels we will have to upgrade again.

Looks like History will repeat itself again. So if they are planning to add increase the rates then they cannot add Star World and Star Plus to the Rs 900/= package right.

Maybe this is all a marketing GIMMICK to get more customers. Anyway if they increase more than Rs 1400/= then they will not be able to get connections for that package.

Guess what I went through to. After Star got scrambled on friday night I called CC and then hey activated it but scrambled GOD TV. I called to ask why and I was told that my request was not there in the system so I made the request again. Then yesterday it got scrambled again. Then I called CC this time they have scrambled it but CC guy confirmed to me that my request for GOD TV is in the system. So how come it got scrambled. He gave a lame excuse saying that it may have happened due to some upgrading that is being carried out. He is also clueless why it happened.

What I think that TP4 should not contain many new channels probably the Disney Channels and a few extra channels such as Sun TV for tamil viewers. But they should concentrate on spreading out the channels and giving them more bandwidth and improving quality further.

I guess Dialog should do some shuffling of the lineup. The local channels should be moved to TP3 and channels such as Star World, Movies, HBO Family, Hits should be moved to TP1.

kumara said...

I CAN REMEMBER SOMEBODY WAS PREDICTING ABOUT THIS IN A PREVIOUS BLOG AND TOLD US DEFINITELY THAT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PACKAGE COMING UP. AT THAT TIME NO BODY BELEIVED IT. BUT IT SEEMS THAT THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PACKAGE AFTER 1400/+ AND THAT PREDICTION WAS RIGHT.

cable said...

I was able to watch GOD TV from the inception of that channel without specifically requesting it
but from last night it's scrambled

I guess this has something to do with the automatic channel scan done by DTV.

As all would have seen a message was sent from DTV to keep the decoreder on. I was not at home so scheduled a timed recording through my VCR to record a program i normally watch. Guess what I found later when i wanted to wathc the program the message from DTV saying to keep the decorder on splashed on the middle of the screen. I coudnt watch the program and will have to catch a re-run. I hope DTV wont do this frequently as it will play havoc with ppl who schedule recordings.

AMD said...

@ Kumara

That prediction was for an additional package with star channels. Here we are talking about a higher package when they add more new channels with TP4. Surely u cant expect them to give u more than 55 channels for Rs. 1400 + vat.

@ Riky - Any info pls

kumara said...

AMD,

DO BE SURPRISED ALF COME AND TELL YOU THAT HE GETS 170 CHANNELLS FOR 900/- BUCKS

kumara said...

AMD,

MACHANG THATS ONLY A JOKE.

WHETHER DTV GIVE STAR FOR 1400/ IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

THE PROBLEM AS I SEE IS THAT PRIME CHANNELS INTRDODUCTION AFTER STAR CRICKET MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR 1400/-

MANIL said...

I think from yesterday 900/- package holders are getting star plus,the ones who are not getting it is the old 850/- subscribers who have espn and pogo.

Can anyone confirm please.

kumara said...

AMD,

I WENT BACK TO OLDER POST AND FOUND WHAT THIS MAN COMMENTED

If 1400+ pkg customers think that that DTV will give everything to us and there will not be any packages or channells beyond that, we will be proved very very wrong very soon.

So best thing is to understand what DTV is trying to do and respond accordingly.

I DONT KNOW HOW THIS MAN PREDICTED IT. BUT IT IS GOING BECOME REALITY

AMD said...

Star Cricket will be available for 1400 pak.

mad said...

why not take a asian feed for ngc discovery history and animal planet. In the usless indian feed there are ONLY Ads no progr and the PRograms are VERY VERY old and useless

Vishkid said...

hi guys - I hv the 900/- package (upgraded from 850/- with ESPN/POGO) and I can see * World and Vijay.

As with the most of the others GOD TV (which was there without any request) got scramble after the re-scan. That's ok for the moment though.

Anyways, can anyone using the DTV decoder feed in to a TV card of a PC give us some hints as to how hard/easy that would be and any concerns? I noticed the point about the RCA output being in B/W after the SW upgrade. Is that still persistent? Appreciate your help there.


@ Kumara - thanks for sharing those info on 20/20 WC. I was more interested in the RWC 2007 which is starting on 8th September and the biggest sports event on 2007 calendar for Rugby fans (fanatics?) like us. But any sports info is welcome.

.......................
ADMIN > It's great if you can start a FAQ section for us dummies who wish to know about technical stuff (like above) without asking the same stuff again and again. Tks.
.......................

AMD said...

@ Vishkid

Did u get my mail about Neo showing RWC ?

My God tv was also scrambled.

Priyantha De Silva said...

@ God TV scrambled issue,

That happened for me also. Then I called the customer care .Now I can watch it.

It was available without a request before yesterday. But now on If any one want God, he must request for it .( But the problem is, he asked me what's the package I have.That seems some packages don't have God)

If anyone's God TV is scrambled, must called the CC to Un-scramble it.

Vishkid said...

Hi AMD - just got to see it today .. (too many mail accounts .. :D)

Thanks for sharing the info sir - hope we get to see RWC on DTV as I believe LBN will somehow get the telecast (like they did last time).

Pls do keep the blog updated as to any news on RWC - Riky, any idea?

Jughead said...

hi guys

after some time......have been busy running around the country side last few days.

so....... really good news for all DTV customers ah?. Thanks DTV.

guys i have a small query. this may sound stupid but i really dont know how to set the favourit menu. would appreciate if someone could educate me. i tried to do it once before but ended up inserting only 1 channel. so i had to go through the re-setting factory default process to get rid of it.

anybody...........

Vishkid said...

Rugby Fans> Even though I've been scouring the net for the past few months to see which channel in SE asia has the b/cast rights for the RWC'07.

Neo + has indicated that they will b/cast and we can assume STAR-HK has some rights as well for some first round matches and the finals. But nothing on web or on sports channels as yet. And we can expect that Caltex will sponsor some of the matches on local TV as well, but that too remains to be seen.

This is the best I could find about distribution rights but licensed b/casters would re-sell their rights to others so this is not a definitive list: Rugby World Cup on TV

In the UK, ITV will broadcast live coverage from every one of the 48 Rugby World Cup matches in addition to highlights and preview programming and online and interactive content.

TF1 is the French rights holder for the Rugby World Cup 2007 as well as the host broadcaster for the 42 rugby matches played in France.

North American rights in the U.S. and Canada have been won by Setanta Sports cable channel, which is almost universally available in local sports bars, neighborhood pubs and by satellite on DirecTV. Setanta will broadcast all 48 games live in Ireland, as well.

Down Under, Channel 10 in Australia has sewn up the 2007 Rugby World Cup broadcasting contract, while in New Zealand TV 3 plans to broadcast all games beginning September 8 (NZ time) at 7am with the Final shown at 8am (NZ time) on October 21.


If anyone hear any news on RWC on DTV channels - pls holla!!! :D

arnold perera said...

Whenever I started saying about how DTV will treat the customers in the future all others are raising the voice saying I am against DTV, always want to say something not good.
But I can understand very well about their marketing plans.
So many times I told, today also i will tell Don’t be surprised to see 2000 Rupees package. If DTV has a plan to increase definitely it will be 2000/-

soorapappa said...

@vishkid,
Thanks for the rugby news. There is no RF out problem now. You can connect RF out of STB to computer or secondary TV (and tune to UHF 21). But if you want to couple it to a existing antenna, U beter select UHF frequency to >= 60 (I'm using 60) in the decoder, because otherwise it'll conflict with existing channels.

@jughead,
1. go to installation by using 1234 password.
2. select set favorite list from menu
3. select channel you want and press OK to add to FAV.
4. repeat step 3 for all channels you want.
5. go back to previous menu by pressing exit (press OK to save question)
6. select edit favorite list option
7. arrange your favorite list by moving items (yellow button to mark item, cursor up down to move)
(I don't remember exact names ect. but you can follow on screen text)
hope this will help :-)

kumara said...

ARNOLD PERERA,

MACHANG DONT BE DISSAPOINTED. I AM ON YOUR SIDE. IF YOU GO THROUGH THE PREVIOUS BLOGS YOU WILL FIND ONE OR TWO PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT THERE WILL BE PACKAGES BEYOND 1400/-

WHAT YOU SAY IS TRUE. WHENEVER THERE IS SOMEBODY WHO TALKS AGAINST DTV THERE ARE WHOLE HEAP OF PEOPLE WHO START DILUTING THAT.

nimal said...

on Rugby News

I checked with SL rugby officials...who will broadcast the matches here. They have no idea about it yet. Unorganised like in the case of other sports (except cricket- may be I am wrong)

kumara said...

vishkid,

YOU CAN SET 04 DIFFERENT FAVOURITE MENUS IN DTV. LIKE ONE FOR SPORTS, NEWS OR ANY MIXTURE OF CHANNELLS

nimal said...

http://www.srilankarugby.com

http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

some helpful links

yakuza said...

@jughead

1.goto menu
2.installation
3.set favourite channel
4.use the round middle key to add channels
5.if you want to remmove channels go to fav1..etc using right key and press middle ok button
6.you can set four favourite channel list use fav button to jump between

alf said...

@ NIMAL

HOPE YOU ARE NOT D.NIMAL THE REFREE,I AM A CR SUPPOTER/

Jughead said...

thanks a lot soorapappa. i shall try it out tonight.

kumara it was i who asked about the faourite menu. yeah i noticed that. must it it a shot tonight.

thanks again guys.

alf said...

I THINK JESIKA RUKMAL WILL BE INTERESTED WHICH CHANNEL WILL BROADCAST NETBALL WORLD CUP.

nimal said...

@alf

u mean the spectator turned refree...

I am a rival fan (CH)

alf said...

NO MACHANG,GROUND BOY TURNED REFREE,HE WAS CURATOR OF LONGDEN PLACE.

alf said...

DONT KNOW WHETHER THEY WILL SHOW THE WORLD CUP ON GOD TV

kumara said...

ALF,

MACHANG YOU SEEM TO BE TRYING TO PUT YOUR BEST EFFORT TO SCORE A TRY AGAINST JESSIKA. FORGET ABOUT IT MACHANG... THOS IS ENOUGH

alf said...

OK KUMARA,BUT JESIKA RUKMAL IS VERY SOON IS GOING TO GET A SPEAR TACKLE SEVERE THAN WHAT THE FORMER ALL BLACK SKIPPER TANA UMAGA AND KEVIN MEELAMU GAVE TO IRELAND CAPTAIN BRIAN ODRISCOLL.

Vishkid said...

LOL .. interesting comments.

Thanks Soorapappa for the RF out thingy.

So we are still on dark as to how we can watch the RWC but anyone with a broadband connection can watch/download any match 24 hrs after it is played (for a price) at www.rwcplus.com
Check it out.

Dimu said...

@ soorapappa

I'm using Tata Sky since January 2007. I can confirm the picture quality of Tata Sky is much better than Dish TV & Dialog TV. But I'm not promoting Tata Sky here. I just replied for your quary.

russel said...

riky

any chance of us getting star cricket today?

Dimu

will u pls be kind enough to tell us more about tata sky? How is the signal level and quality?

From whom did you purchase the product? did you buy it from india?

what is the rental? is there an agent of tata sky in srilanka?

SP said...

Two weeks back I bought DTV pkg.Last week end I went to see my friend with my reciver(only) and fixed to a nother Dish (EUROSTAR 65 cm)and LNB (EUROSTAR) but we didn't got any signal both 0% we checked west and fixed.Turn the the LNB to both side. On TV show no signal E48 serching for signal.Recever on red Light no green light. Pls. can any one help me how to get signal using nother dish and nother LNB. SP

Free-man said...

@ Dude, Cable, Priyantha,

Yes, God TV was scrambled after DTV did a modification at their end, last night. It came back without much delay, automatically.

No sound on Star Viyay for some time; today evening. Got right again.

@LST:

Yes, DTV does all the upgrades at night - obviously, cos' all are at home that time.


Anyone knows how the 100/= monthly rental package is selling now? Are there people buying DTV because of the rental at that rate?

sonik said...

@sp

u cant just get the signal by turning the antenna west. u have to aim it precisely at dtv's satellite (Intelsat12). Check the azimuth and elevation (azimuth = bearing, and elevation is no. of degrees from horizon upwards). this can be done online (searc with google) and is specific to ur location.

hope this is of assistance

russel said...

I think dtv should concentrate more on adding tamil channels rather than hindi ones. The only tamil 1s are STAR VIJEY and SRTv. Moist of the tamil views tend to go for other companies coz of the less tamil channels.

further nore, i htink dtv should spread out the current channels when they introduce thw 4th TP to improve picture quality. The current channel lineup is good for me.

Priyantha De Silva said...

@ TOP 10 PROGRAMS OF THE WEEK !

With our busy schedule of the day, some times we miss some important and good programs without our notice.as a solution for this I request everyone of you ,

Named your top 5-7 favorite programs with the channel name to others notice.Then we can share our opinion and watch the best programs with each others notice.

Priyantha De Silva said...

@ ALF,

Now I can see you are a real asset to this blog with always updating . Keep going mate, we need ones like you to this blog who have other networks as well to compare with.(But mate, please don't replay to Jesika.)

@ arnold perera ,

Don't think we are against you. This a blog and it depends on each others comments with different kind of opinions. We know your point clear.Nothing to worry. DTV or any other networks in Sri Lanka must not introduce a package more than 1,500 rupees.our life is not only to watch TV.

There are so many regaler bills to pay.(Must pay)
* current Bills
* Water
* News Papers
* telephones
* Cellphones
* rental
* traveling charges
Now,
* satellite TV
without our other essential items like food, medicine and cloths.

then, it's not a good sign to any kind of networks to introduce a high price of packages.It goes only to Hotels not for the domestic usages. Their solution must be increase the subscribers , not with the price of the packages.

there are thousand of people without satellite TV receivers but they can afford it .DTV can sell them their items with time to come without increasing the price. Only solution for their dignity.

KIDO-CMB said...

Hi everyone,
This is kido-cmb. Sory 4da big delay. Am out of town for some time. Now am back.
Good news,
Hopefuly DTV going to start da STAR CRICKET Transmission from today onwards. (Now da time 1.12am) evening.
Already DTV have send da star stuck adverti'ments 2 daily mirrow n news 2day. Stay tune for more info.
Waiting for da activation comand. Once da dtv hq dcoder got activated, u'l be able to get da transmi'son.

@ jasika,
Except star movies n cricket,other channels are avala'le for da 900pkg.pls call dtv cc n activated done.

*Message send from black berry.

TechnoGuy said...

TechnoGuy reporting from over 8000 miles away!


Hi Guys!

Just read the blog a few hours ago. But could not comment because of too much web data for phone (thanks to Dialog Roaming anyway!). Now I am using my laptop with 8 Mbps Broadband internet.

Great to hear that STAR Cricket will be coming soon!


Sky Digital

Official Website: Sky.com
Wikipedia Article: Sky Digital (UK & Ireland)

I am currently enjoying Sky which has tons of channels and the best possible quality (maybe better than cable). Only very, very, very little rain outage for a few seconds. Very high signal quality.

Really wish the channels on Sky were in Asia. But no, only a few are present in Asia. Many are limited to UK and USA.

Interactive features are the coolest. EPG and Sky Guide loads in a few milliseconds. Very interactive with user. When an advertisement for a program is going, it allows you to set a reminder right at that moment. You can view what is going on other channels (EPG Now and Next) at the bottom of the screen without changing the channel. If a channel is not available for your subscription, it provides a message on screen describing that channel, its contents and how exactly to enable it.

The Sky Guide provides all information of all channels at any time. Sky Box Office allows you to watch some of the latest movies on your TV instead of the cinema. Much, much more.

Nice dish and decoder. Dish is made of a wire frame with a black colour LNB. Decoder is white and black, very close in colour and size to the XBOX 360.

Sky is COOL. Its almost the best.

That is probably why ALMOST EVERY home I saw so far, have Sky dishes.


My main wish is that Dialog will aim to be a very interactive, quality television service like Sky. Some day...


Will comment again whenever possible. Hope STAR Cricket will come soon. Bye for now!

yakuza said...

@priyanta

1.jay leno(z)
2.lost(axn)
3.24(axn)
4.air crash investigation(ngc)
5.seconds from disaster(ngc)
6.future weapons(discovery)
7.joey(z)
8.daily show with jon stewart(cnn)

bank_dude said...

I heard the DTV ad on Sun FM. I think they are doing a marketing trick to attract more customers. It's like fill up your petrol tank before a fuel hike. I think this is the strategy Dialog going to apply. They know that there are few people who can afford a package more than 1400/= rental. So they are trying to mislead the public by announcing such a advertisement and expect people to come now and buy their products. On the other hand I think this gives an indication that TP4 will be launch after September 30th.

What do you guys think?

nishantha said...

New Frequency For Siyatha Lisners in Colombo from today.

90.9 fm

Specialy for colombo.

nimal said...

LBO >> ICT 3G Link
07 August 2007 14:47:49
Sri Lanka's Dialog launches 3G mobile video call service

August 07, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's top celco Dialog Telekom, a unit of Telecom Malaysia, said Tuesday it had launched a third generation (3G) international video calling service.

"The convergence of the internet with mobile communication technologies has created limitless possibilities, and the 3G growth potential in Sri Lanka is immense," Dialog's head of marketing, Nushad Perera said in a statement.

"We will, therefore, aggressively pursue our 3G network expansion in order to deliver the optimum in seamless communication.”

The video calls are priced at 35 rupees a minute.

Dialog said its roaming customers could use 3G in USA, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and the UK.

Dialog said its 3G services provides high speed data downloads and multi-media streaming allowing subscribers to access TV, high speed internet, video streaming, music and video downloads and games.

The firm has built a portal at www.dialog3g.com.

Dialog says it has completed 3G network rollout in Colombo and has moved into Kandy and Kurunegala.

"The company is committed to making 3G and the multi media services it delivers, meaningful, available and affordable to all Sri Lankans," Dialog said.

Dialog has 3.5 million subscribers and a 60 percent market share.

Jesika said...

KIDO-CMB :

But the customer care asid 900/- package have only Star World & star Vijay. Have they changed the structure ?


___________________________________
Dear Admin:
Pls remove the Word Verification !
___________________________________

AMD said...

There is an ad about the STAR channels in todays Daily News - Page 2

Vishkid said...

Good Morning guys .. I worked on the same line as AMD (thanks mate!) and got another confirmation from Neo+ about the RWC. It indeed seems that they will show the world cup on Neo Plus and some matches live at that.

THIS IS INDEED GREAT NEWS FOR RUGBY FANS.

FYI - I'm publishing the mail I got from Media/Marketing Head at Neo+ but keeping the mail ID secret to prevent spam to the good lady :D

"On 8/7/07, Amrita Pai [xxx@neosports.tv] wrote:

Yes we will be airing Rugby World Cup Live on Neo Sports Plus starting from 7th Sept. The Dates and timing of the matches is not finalized. Out of total 48 matches we will be airing only Fifteen matches LIVE which include the Opening Match & two Quarter-Finals, both Semi-Finals and the Final Match.

The Draft Sept. Schedule will be uploaded on the website, www.neosports.tv shortly.

Cheers

Amrita


As I said earlier, many thanks to AMD for highlighting the Neo factor for rugby.

Cheers! (even tho' I just inadvertently started marketing the 1600 pkg for DTV :D - I think they knew abt the RWC and deliberately kept Neo+ out of the 900/- pkg)

AMD said...

@ Vishkid

Tks for publishing that mail. I sent a mail to that same lady but she was on leave during that time. Tks

Jesika said...

Day before yesterday DTV technical team came to my parents house to fix the new DTV connection. Its 100/- package.

After installing they said this funny thing.
They went to the channel list and said ,They have 36 channels, after 36 channels others are still testing , so we cant see them.
I asked still testing ? I can see them in my home connection !

Then he became wordless !!

I asked about GodTV. He said GodTV is not in 100/= package.
I said We need to call and activate it. Then he said is that so?
I asked him to call them and activate him. then it worked.

See how the knowledge of them. Thanks to this blog we know more than them!

Shame on DTV Technical team !!

Jesika said...

___________________________________
Dear Admin:
Pls remove the Word Verification !
___________________________________

nimal said...

@vishkid
Thanks for the information.

Who knows...at this going...sometimes there may a STAR RUGBY" channel as well :) may be Rugby/Footbal

TERRY said...

Star plus is also available for the 900/- pack,please get it updated if anyone in the 900/- doesnt have it.

cable said...

The RWC 07 was also mentioned in the SUNFM advertisment.

Hope DTV fixes the remaining pxelation/freezing problem in NEO +
Its much much better than before but occasionaly there is some freezing.

Pity they are going to be showing only 15 of the 48 matches and only 2 of the quaterfinals. This is poor coverage. only 30%. Last world cup in Australia Star showed almost every match live except when matches clash.

They should at least show everything from quaterfinals onwards. Wonder if anyone else will be showing it? or is it exclusivley on Neo +?

I am really disspointed. well its the cricket cafe for me to watch the matches then

AMD said...

Guys i have a tech question, hope someone can help me.

My friend in Dehiwela, got DTV ( 1400 pcks ) about a month ago. The 1st day he was able to see all the channels. But after some time his TP3 signal strength has got week and now when i checked its below 35% so he cant see any of the new channels. Both he and i have complained to DTV so many time s and they promised to come, but well till no DTV van!!

Is it possible to adjust the TP3 signal strength using the "adjust position" option in the menu ?

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please move to the new post titled "Dialog's new promotions" and continue to post your comments.

Admin

alf said...

MY NEIBOUR GOT A NEW DTV CONNECTION YESTERDAY,THEY (TECHNICAL GUYS)FIXED AND DID A SCAN AND GOT 53 CHANNELS AND THEY WANTED TO CALL CC TO GET IT UNSCRAMBLED,BUT MY NEIBOUR BEING A HINDU SAID HE DID NOT WANT THE CHANNEL.

THE TECHNICAL GUYS DID A VERY GOOD JOB AND EVEN GAVE THEIR PERSONAL TEL NO.TO CONTACT IN ANY FUTURE PROBLEM,THE NEIBOUR WAS SO SATISFIED HE EVEN GAVE THE A BIG TIP.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please move to the new post titled "Dialog's new promotions" and continue to post your comments.

Admin

star said...

Bharti Telemedia to launch DTH

Bharti Telemedia, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Ltd., is planning to launch its direct-to- home (DTH) service by the last quarter of FY 2007-2008.

The company has received the Letter of Intent (LoI) for commencing its DTH service from the Information & Broadcasting ministry.

They will be deploying world-class technology and infrastructure to offer the best in class DTH services.

The DTH service will be launched nationally by the company by the last quarter of the fiscal, a company release said. Bharti is setting up state-of-the-art infrastructure near Gurgaon (Haryana) for the purpose of uplinking and broadcast.

alf said...

ON MY PREVIOUS POST,IT SHOULD BE GOD TV WAS SCRAMBLED AND THE TECHNICAL GUYS WANTED TO CALL CC TO GET IT UNSCRAMBLED,BUT HE BEING A HINDU DID NOT WANT THAT CHNNEL.