Monday, March 10, 2008

"Channel C" launches today

The latest channel on the Dialog TV platform and also Sri Lanka's first 24X7 Sinhala Music Channel will be launching today officially after replacing Zee Music temporarily a few days ago. Zee Music is expected to be reintroduced later on.

We are not sure on which package this channel will be included and charging extra like they plan to do for "CiTi HiTz" from the end of this month is not a wise idea. However Dialog TV may give "Channel C" free of charge for a period of at least 3 months. This channel may prove to be more popular than "CiTi HiTz" if handled properly. It is yet to be seen if Dialog TV will give "CiTi HiTz" free for any of the existing packages after March 31st.

In other news HBO pixelation problem is still continuing and the removal of the EPG data stream, if it was done to improve picture quality has not worked. We hope that this problem is sorted out soon since this is a premier package channel and people pay more to watch these channels.

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

More on "Channel C" - TV Radio Sri Lanka Blog


72 comments:

TechnoGuy Sri Lanka said...

@ AMD
Do you have the old CBN Sat decoder, or new one? The old decoder has a seperate black-coloured output with the label "MONO". You can use this. I'm not sure about the new one.

@ Yakuza
You shouldn't look for computers by brand name. That is not correct. Most brand names can be deceiving these days.

Search for computers under each brand name and find some you like from each of them. Then enter the product number to google and search, so you can read reviews about them. Then you can find out their hiden problems, etc. Compare the reviews of the different computers you like, and choose the one that has least problems and suits you the most.

It is a time consuming process, but it will reduce the chances of you saying "oh, I could have bought that better computer if I knew about it before" after it's too late.

You may also want to consider building your own computer from scratch. You can buy the parts which work with each other, and which suit your needs, and then get them put together by some computer company. That may be cheaper than buying brand name computers.

I'm sorry I cannot tell you about the brand names in general because all my desktop computers are home made. But please be careful when choosing a good computer, so you won't regret your choices later on.

Shivanka said...

I know this is not related to the subject but I appreciate if anyone could help me.

I have a PS2 (Play station 2) bought from Europe market. Problem that I have is that I can’t play any pirated DVD games. I checked with some places in sri lanka (MC and Liberty plaza) they charge around 12000 to fix it (just to replace the chip). I know that their giving it to someone else to fix. Can anyone give me a direct contact of someone whose capable of fixing it.

Shivanka

AMD said...

@ TECHNO.

I have the old one, & got the new one a few days ago with the new connection.

I dont think it has a separate MONO output, but just the 3 coloured jacks , yellow ( video ), white & red.

The DTV people had connected the RIGHT to my TV AUDIO input. Since its a MONO input, like CN said, it should be the LEFT channel that should be connected for a better sound quality ?

by the way, checked the signal levels in the 2 decoders, with some random channels.

Old decoder:
AVG TP was 72%,58% quality

New one was 60%, 62% quality

Looser said...

Channel C Audio Volume is too low

Looser said...

@Yakuza

If you want a Branded one go for an IBM there is a huge difference between an IBM Branded and local made ones

SLP said...

@amd
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both white and red are used as stereo left and right.
.
you may connect the both to a one input to have a mono output in scratch.
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however, try using the decorder itself for particular output.
.
as for stereo input, by one jack, you need to combine two wires and the next two and this combined channel provide stereo one jack input.
.
you can frin these connectors in any electronic shop.

monaco 1100 said...

It's better if Channel C can allocate few hours a day for Sinhala Classical music.

I checked the channel in weekend but hardly see any classical sinhala song known as 'SARALA GEE'.

LankaMedia said...

Congratulations for Channel C team - I am sure this is going to be a great experience for our Sinhala music lovers...

Visit www.LankaMediatalk.com

Nokia said...

Excellent Job!! Channel C is superb!!! Keep up the good work DTV!! And congrats!

AMD said...

OK tks guys.

janaka said...

Shurthi and Ranaroo are still scrambled. I have no idea what Dialog has to test on these channels for so long.

Either they can unscramble them for viewers top see or they can remove them to save bandwidth.

I would be more happy if DTV replaced SET instead of Zee Music to introduce C Channel

TechnoGuy Sri Lanka said...

@ Janaka
None of thoses channels are in Test Transmission.

Rana Ru is scrambled because it should be available only to authorised subscribers. Its a channel dedicated to defense affairs and raising the morale of our LK forces, so you can guess who the authorised people are.

Shruti Television is a religious channel, which is why it is scrambled.

If you were wondering why The Buddhist is not scrambled like other religious channels, The Buddhist is a free-to-air channel. Therefore it cannot be locked to individual customers.

janaka said...

Shurthi was unscrambled before on my request. Now it has gone to scrambled state

Can I ask DTV to unscramble it?
Will they do the same for Rana Roo

Is there any one reading this blog watching these?

TechnoGuy Sri Lanka said...

Channel C is now on CH42, and Rana Ru on CH56

@ Janaka
Shruti Television will be unscrambled on request.

But Rana Ru is only available for members of the armed forces, nobody else.

sithma said...

This episode on IPTV has a lot to write about. Having read comments on introduction of IPTV in Sri Lanka, prompted me to do some research on the net. It appears most of the big league guys such as BT, Singtel, Reliance, France Telecom have or about to have an IPTV offering in their service portfolio. But then…this is Sri Lanka. I am trying to dig stats on the number of customers changing from Satellit,DTH offering to Cable,IPTV but still not got. All indications are with SLT joining the TV arena, will make the service provider industry more competitive and thus bringing the prices down which is a welcome move and make it more affordable to the average customer. SLT has by far the biggest and diverse customer segments, with people of all walks of life.



Also with rumours of SLT upgrading their core IP network to 10G, would make these services faster to the end customer. After all SLT needs a very good distributed ADSL and fiber network, and a resilient core network to provide bandwidth reservation for IPTV services. Also IPTV would change the whole landscape of the TV industry bringing in the Interactive part where the customer has a choice of when/where he wants to watch the movie. I myself would like to watch movies and episodes at the time I like.



Rumour has it that DTV in a frantic move, is countering the competition by giving free decoders to premium customers, and testing MPEG4 transmission to enable them to b’cast more channels. All in all, if SLT get things in perspective, we would be not having problems of sudden channel shut out during rains and winds (no more blames on Global Warming!!), and heavy pixellation in viewing, an intrinsic issue in the Ku band reception

yakuza said...

@amd, technoguy and looser

thanks

DLR said...

Congrad for channel C
I prefer if they can telecast some classical music from 5am - 7am at least.
Give some chance to Master Amaradewa, Nandamalini, Sunil Edirisingha etc....

AMD said...

Jus some info...

I went to CTC - Col 13, They have DTV on SONY 32" BRAVIA LCD in reception.
Was watching some music videos on ZEE CAFE, the quality was superb, colours were very rich too. I think they have the bigger dish too.

AMD said...

I think it was Lanka Info that said Channel C is produced by
"Wide Angle Productions"
is so, i beleive these are the people.

Wide Angle Productions

No. 4/1,
Schofield Place,
Colombo 03.
Sri Lanka.

077 7 584 594 - Prasanga Gunasinghe
077 7 802 634 - Thusitha Wimalasiri
011 5 661 710

http://musiclk.com/wideangle.htm

Dulith said...

New Zealand V England Test matches are telecast on Set Sab.Also the Indial Premier League(IPL) will be aired on the same channel.However much we hate Set Sab DTV should bring it back in the expence of some other channel when there are cricket matches on it.

Niro said...

Ohh is it free .. so I have to check it today...

Dimu said...

HBO EPG is back. But it's 1 hour late.
Also HBO Signature,HBO Hitz ,HBO Family EPG is 1 hour late.

Although it's in the same group, Cinemax EPG is correct.

DTV act quickly to correct the EPG problems as they need to be correct for add the reminders.

bank_dude said...

As per our standards, Channels C is best. They should telecast some classical stuff as well in order to become a complete musical channel.

AMD said...

LBO >> ICT

New Day
11 March 2008 18:10:15

Sri Lanka Bharti mobile launch pushed to September


March 11, 2008 (LBO) – Bharti Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of India's Bharti Airtel, said it had pushed back the launch of its mobile service in Sri Lanka to September this year from an original target of March.

The firm Tuesday signed a deal with the investment promotion agency, Board of Investment, to spend half its planned $200mn investment in the island to set up a network of transmission towers.

Investment promotion minister Sarath Amunugama said at the signing ceremony that Bharti had faced difficulties in getting approvals for its towers from local authorities and sharing towers with other operators.

Company officials present at the ceremony declined to give specific reasons for the delayed launch.

Amali Nanayakkara, chief executive of Bharti Airtel Lanka, said they want to launch their mobile phone operation only when they were sure they had the right infrastructure to give customers the desired quality of service.

She said they had not faced any rejections from the authorities or rival operators.

"Sharing towers is a new concept for existing operators. It also depends on whether space is available and their own expansion plans."

She said the firm was willing to share the own network they were setting up, but did not reveal how many towers Bharti, the fifth player in the island's mobile sector planned to build.

Olof Haag, chairman and country head, Bharti Airtel Lanka, said their original plan to launch in March had been "tentative" and proved to be "over-ambitious."

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission had allocated Bharti the frequencies required for the mobile service, he said.

Haag was quoted in a Bharti statement as saying that infrastructure to be set up covered radio communication towers, generators and shelters.

"(This) will also resource other players who may opt to employ our infrastructure in deploying their services in the future as well."

Bharti Airtel Lanka last September announced a 150 million dollar alliance with China's Huawei Technologies Co. to build and manage its mobile network.

Sri Lanka's 7.5 mobile market is dominated by Dialog Telekom, a unit of Telekom Malaysia, which has about 60 percent market share.

The rest is shared between Mobitel, a unit of Sri Lanka Telecom, Tigo, a part of Millicom International Cellular and Hutchison Telecom.

www.lbo.lk

619 said...

Channels C is scrambled for me
Do i need request it to unscramble ?

LANKA INFO said...

Ran roo channel is availble on request n need to get the approvel from defence ministry.

shruthi tv not availble till some time.

epg - dtv ppl look├Čng in to this n this will sort out within other 2,3days

channel c - owned by dialog tv n content frm wide angle.

AMD said...

CRICKET

SA tour of INDIA LIVE on
NEO SPORTS, comm: 26th March

SL tour of WI, LIVE on TEN Sports,
& SIRASA TV/CHANNEL 1, 7.30 pm,
comm: 22nd March

Tharu said...

@619

Channel C hsc now been transferred to Ch 42. If you do a manual channel scan you should be able to see it.

Also can someone confirm whether you receive it in Stereo? I get it in Mono. But the test transmission was in Stereo.

AMD said...

in my new decoder the channel rename was done automatically, but for the old one i had to manually do a re-scan.

AMD said...

@ LANKA INFO

Pls inform DTV to update their website ASAP, still the old rugby / cricket schedules are there, ZEE music is still there, & nothing about Channel C or SET Plans

alf said...

BIG TV RATES ANNOUNCED

LAUNCHING 1 ST APRIL

THE RATES FOR MPEG -4 STB IS RS 2500/
PACAKGE OF RS 325 FOR 200 CHANNELS.

THE ABOVE IS IN INDIAN RUPEES.

MOTTA LORD "ANTHONY" AND THE GANG SHOULD NOTE THIS.

AMD said...

@ ALF

Why dont u tell him urself ALFI, who knows maybe he may higher u to the DTV marketing team, or maybe even as the CEO ????????

alf said...

AMD

MOTTA ANTHONY"TA PENDA THAMAI HUTHTHO BLOG EKE DEMME.

alf said...

AMD

CEO KOHOMA WETHATH UGE WEDA DENG NUSHAD TA ELIWELA THIYANNE BORU KARA KARA HANS WA MISLEAD KARALA.

EKA HANDA "LORD ANTHONY" TA LANGIDIMA TICKET EKA HMBA WEI,FOR THAT VACCANCY SOMEONE MAYBE RECRUITED,AND IT MAY EVEN BE YOU.

AMD said...

ah ALFI hari hari... he he ;)

AMD said...
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AMD said...

MAX TV & TNL TV is now available on DIALOG MOBILE TV ( MY TV ),

so i guess we can expect MAX on DTV soon as well ?

LANKA INFO said...

hope da hbo epg is back.

alf said...

AMD

WHATS YOUR CHARGES ON WATCHING MOBILE TV? AND IS THEIR SEPERATE CHARGES WHEN YOU WATCH ON GPRS/3G.

I WATCHED THE TRI SEREIS MATCHES AND HAS GOT A BILL OVER 3000/- FOR WATCHING MOBILE TV FOR 2-3 HOURS.

I THINK ANYBODY WHO WATCHES FREEQUENTLY SHOULD GO FOR THE RS.300/-UNLIMITED TV PACKAGE.

podiman said...

@alf,
Please give the website where you saw these rates on Big TV.

alf said...

PODIMAN

allaboutbigtv.blogspot.com

LKDOOD said...

// OFF TOPIC BUT RELATED TO COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY IN SRI LANKA //


Airtel signs $100-mn investment agreement to start Lankan ops

LINK

-------------------------------------
Sri Lanka In Focus-NEWS BLOG

LANKA INFO said...

EPG issue is sorted at the moment.

AMD said...

@ ALF

I have the 300/- unlimited package.

DLR said...

alf
is ther any package availble for unlimited tv for 300 in Dialog GSM?

AMD said...

@ DLR

for Rs. 300/- additional rental to your existing package, u can watch unlimited TV.

AMD said...

@ DLR, ALF

More info on MY TV:

http://www.dialog.lk/en/mobile/services/evolution/mytv/mytv.html

LankaMedia said...

guys is this means if I have this package activated I can watch TV via online ? no matter what the country is?

Rukmal said...

Lankamedia

no
you must be in Dialog coverage area !!

TechnoGuy Sri Lanka said...

@ Lanka Media
This LKR 300/= subscription is to watch TV over GPRS/3G on Dialog Mobile using their own MyTV service. MyTV is only available on Dialog networks.

And if you do not subscribe for the TV you can still watch it, but you will be charged fully for the amount of data you download when viewing.

If you watch TV a lot on your phone, this package IS worth the price.

AMD said...

Mobitel will also start also a TV streaming service, once SLT IPTV is launched.

AMD said...

Does anyone in here use a LG mobile phone ?

Nokia said...

Now you can buy a Dialog CDMA for Rs.777. And pay the balance of Rs.777 in 7 months.

Persecond call chargers and lowest among all fixed line providers. No startup fee like on Suntell and Lanka Bell.

Nokia said...

It's acctually like this
Pay 777 and take the phone home
And pay 777 in next 7 months.

Hope now it's clear....

Looser said...

@Nokia
What is the phone model?

777 x 7 = Rs.5,439/-

ETS 2029 (Cheapest) is Rs. 5,653/-

Need more info.

How much is the AP 650M? in easy payment?

Sorry guys this is not about DTV

Radikal Zee said...

@amd
I hav a sony E/ K800i and when I use myTV profile (300/- rate) to watch tv it does not seem to work. However, it works if i try to watch without using the myTV profile (charged based on the usage).
any idea on this ?

alf said...

RADIKAL ZEE

I USE A K-810i, AND SWITCHED TO 300/- PACKAGE LATELY,THERE ARE INSTANCES LIKE THAT,BUT GENERALY IT GETS CONNECTED,SO I DONT THINK ITS A PROBLEM WITH THE NETWORK OR YOUR PHONE.

GET YOUR SETTINGS DOWNLOADED AGAIN.

yakuza said...

(sorry for out of topic questions)

any Panora users here?

are there any UPS which stabilize the power output? because in my area the power supply is not constent it flux all the time.

@amd
how is your panora performing?

thanks

alf said...

YAKUZA

I DONT RECOMMEND PANORA.

WE JUST GOT ABOUT 6 PCS AND 3 OF THE LCD MONITORS WENT BLANK WITHIN 3 DAYS.(THEY REPLACED 1 TO 1).AND IT LACKS THE QUALITY.

AS FOR BEING BRANDED,IT IS A CHINEESE PRODUCT ASSEMBLED BY PC HOUSE.

LANKA INFO said...

MY TV
In order to get the VCD quality picture, (without breaking) change ur phone network to 3G. After that try to login to MY TV & see….

Looser said...

Alf is correct Panora is Chinese product assembled by PC House.

Don't know about the quality I never used it. But it's Chinese. (you know that Chinese will print any name if you buy a lot)

BUT PC HOUSE IS A GOOD COMPANY BETTER THAN OTHER COMPUTER SHOPS

AMD said...

Our office has 5 Panora machines, with the Panora LCD's & UPS. Being using them for around 4 years now, no problems.

alf said...

LOOSER,

THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH THE PANORA UNITS AND MAINLY THE LCD MONITORS.WE USED TO BUY IBM FROM THEM AND TRIED OUT PANORA,IT HASNT WORKED AND WE HAVE REVERTED BACK TO IBM/LENOVO.

I AGREE WITH YOU ON THEIR SERVIVICE AND THEY ARE MUCH BETTER THAN MOST VENDORS.

AMD said...

@ ALF

You are correct regarding PANORA LCD's. Quality is not the OK.
LG or Samsung is better, or even PROLINK, marketed by SALA Enterprises.

yakuza said...

thanks guys

i came to decision to assemble a pc. about LCD, can you recomend a good quality brand

yakuza said...

and also VGA card?

like to play computer games

Rukmal said...

Dialog GSM Special Offer
for Woman's Day !!

Brandnew Phone for Rs 2,999/=
2Mins incoming Free Sim with Rs.500/= Reload.
and Rs50/= reload free per every month for 12 months.

You should be above 17 years female

Nokia said...

@ Looser,
ETS 2029 is the phone.
Initial payment 777
Instalment 777 x 7

Ap650M the normal inst scheme. No change.

LANKA INFO said...

yakuza:
Acer is good. good quality, resonable price. with the 17/19" Lcd monitor u can get it for 80000-100,000Rs.

DLR said...

Channel C
I watched programmed called "MIX C"
from 7am to 8am. It’s really a good collection. Better if they can add two three classical songs & change the time slot to 6 to 7am.

AMD said...

U can listen to ROYAL -THOMAIN Cricket commentry on ur dialog phn, via www.dialogwap.com, click on
BIG MATCH.

They are streaming the audio feed from SLBC.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the new post titled "Time to prepare for competition".

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