Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Decoder Time too fast.....

It looks like the time displayed on the Dialog TV decoder is approximately a good 3 to 4 minutes faster than the actual time. According to the time displayed on the decoder all channels are starting programmes late, we hope that Dialog TV takes steps to correct the time displayed on the decoder immediately.

Reports are coming in of excessive pixelation during fast moving images and we hope that Dialog TV takes immediate steps to introduce the fourth transponder and give more bandwidth to the existing channels to improve quality. We hope that before adding any more new channels, allocating more bandwidth should be the first priority.

We reiterate again that Dialog should remove SET SAB immediately and replace it with a suitable channel. If Animax cannot be reintroduced then Dialog should at least introduce Disney Channel as a replacement.

On the bandwidth issue there was an interesting report on BBC World's "Click" television programme about Digital television. They spoke of all types of digital transmission media and also the quality issue. The link is "BBC World: Making the switch to Digital TV", a transcript of the entire section plus a streamed version is available on the page.

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


sonik said...

Very true...

another thing is the audio feeds on some of the channels, especially the HBO channels. they definitely have an english audio feed. the only thing that dtv has to do is change the audio channel through their satellite receivers. its so easy, i dont know why they havent changed from chinese to english yet. and its really annoying when a movie trailer is running and you cant understand anything.

hsj said...

The problem with DTV is that they are not sure of what they really want to do. It is a fight between Quality Vs Quantity. They have crammed up large number of channells with three transponders and unable to improve the quality due to limited bandwith.

If one channell is improved, quality of another channell will go down.

DTV has two options. Either to insatll another transponder and transfer some of the channells or to close down some of the existing unpopular chanells and increase the bandwith for rest of the channells.

Surely we know that this is not easy. But what is the way out. There is no any other solution to this issue to my knowledge.

Customers have been complaining about the low quality of the channells for a long time and DTV is silent on the issue. But how long they can be silent. Only time will tell..

N300 said...

I have a Yamaha receiver to which I have connected the Dialog TV STB through an optical cable.
My receiver remote has the fascility to program it to work with many audio video equipments.
For example I have programmed my remote for both TV and DVD and therefor I need only one remote to operate all of them.
The only thing is I need to know the remote code of the given unit to program it.
I would greatley appreciate it,if any one of you could give me the remote code of the Dialog TV set top box so that I can program my remote control for that.

soorapappa said...

I'm sorry that I don't know the remote code for DTV STB/remote. But I'm wondering how did you connect through OPTICAL cable ? Do your DTV STB have optical output ?

619 said...

I heard DTV raised their package rental !

100/= & 500/= rental are same

pls comment if you know something about this

N300 said...


Yes,my STB has an optical output.I got my connection in March this year.

Tharu said...


I also use the Yamaha AV receiver through an optical cable. But there is no way we can get to know the remote code of DTV Decoder. I called the customer care sometime back to check on that, but nobody seemed to know the code.

You can enjoy great surround sound when you select Prologic modes (PL II Movie and PL II Music)


Yes DTV Decoder has an Optical output. You can see that as a red light once you remove the plastic knob which covers the Optical slot.

soorapappa said...

I've also got my connection in Mar/April this year and went through the user manual. But I don't remember having optical out. I'll check the unit again. Thanks a lot for the info.
By the way, google the STB manufacturer and try to contact them for remote code.

Tharu said...


Thanks lot for the tip. That's a good idea..

I bought DTV when the CBN Sat was in operation (in 2005). So I have the oldest model decoder. I think all the new models too should have the optical out. If your model doesn't have it, you can request one with the optical out from DTV, free of charge.

alf said...


monaco 1100 said...

I saw a handbill by Dialog, and there are 5 packages now. 100 and 500 remains same, other rentals were increased.

DTV & ME said...

this may not relate to dialog tv.. but nice to see a good web site launch by a standard new paper like cnn.com for cnn

Going beyond the comfort zone

As a part of our relentless drive for excellence and urge to pit ourselves against not only local but even international media entities, the Daily Mirror today becomes the first Sri Lankan newspaper to give round the clock news updates on its website.

What the web readers who log on to www.dailymirror.lk will see is the triumph of talent, hard work and the spirit of camaraderie of a youthful team.

With the round the clock updates on the web we expose ourselves to stiff competition while tapping growth opportunities in a new landscape.

The ultimate beneficiaries of this exercise will be our web and print readers.

While making this bold move to carve a vibrant space for ourselves on the web, we are quite aware of the teething problems we are bound to face; some may be technical some totally unpredicted and unexpected.

We have decided to face those hurdles with the same courage that we took the decision to go beyond our comfort zone - the print medium, where we were coasting on our print brand name. We as print media had been wallowing in a phase of prolonged stagnation with our daily web updates. The long delay in going for round the clock news updates had been a sign that we had failed to keep up with the trends in global media for too long.In many cases the cause for this was not resources. It was largely due to lack of motivation. It was in the process of preparing ourselves for this new challenge within a very short span of time, that this new truth dawned on us.

Therefore while giving into an instinctive urge of staying ahead of competition and leading the flock, we also look forward to intense, fiercer competition on the web from other Sri Lankan papers, in the days and months to come.

As the media community which is exposed to global developments we are learning the hard way that we have no choice but to expand and compete. We must continue to do things better and be innovative and not just replicate the success of others.

To do this, we have to adapt, change and continue to grow. It is our responsibility as media persons to go with the growing global media buzz, sail with confidence in the air and make the overall outlook of the media scene here more positive, irrespective of whatever setbacks we may face.

A bigger, better growth in Sri Lankan media with more success stories will definitely ensure a stronger media clout and we, as media persons, owe it to our readers and viewers who have placed their unflinching faith in us.

yakuza said...


yakuza said...


no program guide?

cbnsatcustomer said...

Dialog WiMax broadband internet launched

N300 said...

Admin please bear with me for posting this non related topic in this forum.

Guys did you check out Mahela's new web site.


One of the best web sites I have seen in a long time.

MERINO said...

i got my program guide yesterday

soorapappa said...


Thamilchelvan killed in SLAF air attack

[Fri, 02 Nov 2007, 07:27 GMT]
S.P. Thamilchelvan, Liberation Tigers Political Head was killed in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aerial bombardment Friday morning in Ki'linochchi. The Head Quarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) in a press communique said it was conveying the loss of Brigadier Thamilchelvan with profound sadness to the people of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil diaspora and the Global Community. The Sri Lanka Air Force attack has targeted the residence of the members of the Political Division

alf said...

S.P. Thamilchelvan, Liberation Tigers Political Head was killed in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aerial bombardment Friday morning in Ki'linochchi. The Head Quarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) in a press communique said it was conveying the loss of Brigadier Thamilchelvan with profound sadness to the people of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil diaspora and the Global Community. The Sri Lanka Air Force attack has targeted the residence of the members of the Political Division.

The Secretary General at the Head Quarters of the LTTE, S. Cheeran said the LTTE Political Head was killed in the SLAF bombardment that took place at 6:00 a.m. Friday along with Lt. Col. Anpumani (Alex), Major Mikuthan, Captain Neathaji, Lt. Aadchiveal and Lt. Vaakaikkumaran.

The LTTE has conferred its highest military rank, Brigadier, to Mr. Thamilchelvan.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the new post titled "Corrections have to be made".


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