Friday, September 26, 2008

Will all new channels come to only Rs 1949/=

With the introduction of Bloomberg Television only to the Rs 1949/= premium package many of the Rs 1400/= premium package subscribers have been left wondering whether all the new channels to be introduced to Dialog TV will only be made available on that package.

If this takes place then many of Dialog's subscribers will disconnect and move to either LBN, PEO TV or an even worse blow will be if they purchase an Indian DTH connection.

So far information coming in suggests that many have adopted a ready to change attitude but with a little bit of wait and see thrown in. Since Bloomberg TV is mainly focusing on business news and would be useful for the businessman who will be able to afford a channel such as this Dialog TV may have opted to make this channel only for the Rs 1949/= just to make a quick buck. However a wise businessman would rather invest in a satellite dish and watch this channel FTA instead of paying a higher rental to Dialog TV.

Maybe Dialog TV will introduce their other new channels to both premium packages and if they don't then they will be left with less premium package subscribers that they started out with and the break even dream will be delayed further by a few more years.

With competition increasing in the pay television field a high handed stupid move like this will spell the end of Dialog TV.

We hope Dialog TV management makes note of all these and we urge the Dialog TV subscribers to get in touch with Dialog TV via email or phone and urge them to undergo a change otherwise Dialog make soon become the next Comet Cable.

Please keep us updated on the latest developments as the days progress.

131 comments:

kumara said...

THIS AS USUSAL CAT AND MOUSE GAME OF DTV.

THEY TRIED THIS TACTIC WITH CITYHITS AND C CHANNELLS. BUT DUE TO CUSTOMERS RESISTANCE THEY HAD TO STOP CHARGING FOR THOSE CHANNELSS.

DTV MAY WANT TO SEE CUSTOMERS RESPONSE. HOW MANY CUSTOMERS WILL CHANGE THEIR PACKAGES TO HAVE ACCESS NEW CHANELLS ? THAT WILL BE THE CRITERIA.

IF LARGE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS DO THAT, THEN ALL NEW CHANNELLS WILL ONLY BE FOR 1949/- AND OTHER CUSTOMERS WILL BE NEGLECTED.

IF THAT IS THE POLICY OF THE DTV, ENEN GOD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SAVE DTV.

Vista said...

Wonder if someone can persuade AIRTEL to introduce satellite TV, then all will panic and drop prices!!!

Does anyone know when DTV will shift MPEG4??? DTV has passed the deadline for the shift.

Its possible that they are more concerned with the dropping share prices!! Who knows they may decide to sell Dialog TV... I will not be surprised.

Prasanna said...

I am an old premium package customer. When I upgraded to the premium package, I was told that it will continue to be the premium package and all new channels will be included.

As you rightly pointed out, DTV has let us to wonder about the future of our package.

I will definitely downgrade my package to the lowest possible package (ideally Rs. 100) and move to some other operator, if I am not considered as a premium package customer. If they will provide me with a refund (even partial) , I will disconnect.

I was really annoyed when they removed channels like Animax, Zee Music and specially Zone reality (it is available in some other platforms). Also no one in the DTV realizes that all 3 cartoon channels available are in Hindi most of the time (specially when the kids wants to watch some carttoon).

PS
Wonder how UPAHARA has effected Dialog GSM. They may learn the same lesson again for DTV.

yakuza said...

does anyone have the copy of the letter dtv sent us last year that stated the premium package of
rs. 1400 will be increased so customers should purchase package before August 31st (or some other date) else they have to purchase the new premium package (rs.1949).

they never mentioned that these packages are in different catagoryies

i think you guys could make a case out of this

Aslam said...

DTV is a crap. We are Sri Lankans and our kids can understand the English. But the crooks at DTV telecast all the three cartoon channels in Hindi.

What's wrong with these idiots. Why don't they drop these and go for the English version of the same.

My 3 and half old years son loves to watch Diego on Nick. Unfortunately its in Hindi.

DTV, if you want to telecast the Hindi channels, go ahead with the Hindi movie channels. But do not play with the cartoon channels.

Neither me nor my kid understand Hindi.

If we want to watch all the programs in Hindi, we have so many alternatives. You idiots at the DTV should understand this.

Do remove these Hindi cartoons and replace them with suitable English ones.

Else we have to select something else.

Prasanna said...

Not only Diego

Dora the explorer, Blues Clues are also few of other favourites of my kids. now all of them are in hindi.

Also NAtGeo, discovery and History channels have few indian telemarketing crap. It is eating into several hours of watchable time.

we dont mind ads in hindi but not the programmes.

Does SLT IPTV has this hindi crap?

MW said...

if IPTV is a success i mean without any buffering issue DTV will lose their customers by 50% for sure.
Most of friends who have DTV have decided shifting to IPTV.
There is Something wrong with DTV management i think. Just think of the new decoder they r distributing , its a completely outdated one. Now a days decoders have recording facilities comes with a USB host.

619 said...

In DishTV they can select the language of the following channels

# Cartoon Network
# Pogo
# Nickelodeon
# History Channel
# National Geographic
# Discovery Channel
# Disney Channel
# Toon Disney

Dialogtv should also give this option.

Looser said...

You are wrong 619.

Those channels have separate Hindi feeds. DTV is getting the English feed but now lots of programmes are in Hindi only.

I checked this with TataSky sometime ago.

4togenic said...

Hi ,, mama kiyanne api kawruwath DTV un kiyana vidihata gahana bera walata natanna onee naaa. Api paran CBNSat kale idan inna aya. ape package walata(1400/=) aluth channels nattam apita karanna tiyenne PEO TV hari wena satalite Tv ekakata hari yana eka. mama hitanne SLT IPTV eke facilities wadee DTV walata wada... Anika api tawa tika dawasak iwasuwoth apita AIRTEL lage IPTV eka ganna bari wena ekakuth naaa. Api ape package maru kaloth api paraday. habay itin hamoma eka wage inna onee. Horen horen package eka update karan giyothnam wade wanawenawa. DTV witark neme DTH Servicess denne south asian beam eke. Eka DTV lokko ikmanatam terun ganna onaa deyak. Nattam itin DTV wikunala damanna tama wenne... API PACKAGE CHANGE NOKARA IMU.

yakuza said...

i've removed pogo and nick from my favorite list months ago. i haven't checked that hindi crap shit i hate it. specially the children are sufering from this

Dimu said...

ඔහොම යන්.

Prasanna said...

I have some respect for Dialog CDMA guys. They are the only dialog team with a competitive price tag

don said...

OFF TOPIC
DOES ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT THE LATEST DIALOG PACKAGE WITH 1000 MIN OUTGOING FREE PER MONTH.THEY HAVE PUT UP A NOTICE IN THEIR WEBSITE NOW

Prasanna said...

They are trying to close the stable doors, but hope it is not too late.

This is a good eye opener for DTV. Wakeup guys! Try to keep ur customers satisfied. You cannot hold them when there is other options

MERINO ROSHA said...

http://www.dialog.lk/en/mobile/images/offersandmain/kit_per_second_ad.jpg

http://www.dialog.lk/en/mobile/images/offersandmain/per_second_blaster_ad.jpg

Nokia said...

@ Prasanna

Dialog GSM has reached 5 million customers and Look what they offer

1000 Minutes out going free to 5 million numbers (dialog to dialog / NO FUP attached )

And Per Cecond billing.

DtoD 2/= (peak)
D to Non D 3/= (peak)

Amaising offer.... Good bye Upahara!!!

Prasanna said...

@ NOKIA

1000 min free is the FUP (it is similar to upahara, but in upahara this 1000 min is for M2M and all fixed lines).

After FUP, upahara charges at .50 (fifty cents).
Dialog even with life time disounts will take Rs. 2 for the first min and Rs 1 after third minuite for D2D.

but do not forget, this will affect dialog turnover drastically. Think about their overheads. For me it is more like farewell dialog.

Nokia said...

@ Prasanna,
Dont panic.....

Dialog gives 1000 mins around the clock and Mobitel only during 12mid night to 6 PM...

Dialog to Supplimentory is just 0.10 /= Per minute

All the chargers are applicable for life time discount :)

There is no farewell to dialog as they are having 5 Million subscribers and only SLT will loose their revenue from Upaharaya.

Dialog is having the widest network coverage and Militory people know about the coverage as they are the people work outstations and they Respect the county's largest Mobile telecomunication Company. :)

sattvmania said...

I think it is too early to jump from dtv to peo wagon. what about the cost we paid DTV rs 12500 and to peo rs10000 as most viewers i don't like to spend money on DTH unless i am getting my moneys worth. I had comet fr rs 22000 and then now dtv what next? peo not unless they give a good pkg that is better than dtv. I agree fr cartoon chls it is time to move from dtv to peo as for kids it is waste of time and money.

kumara said...

THE TACTICTS OF DTV USED IN THE PAST TO INCREASE THEIR CUSTOMERS AND INCOME, HAVE BACKFIRED. THEY ARE NOT INCREASING THE CUSTOMER BASE AS EXPECTED.

PEOLPLE WHO ARE DOING MARKETING AT DTV SEEMED TO BE STILL IN KINDERGARTEN. THESE BUGGARS USE SILLY AND STUPID STARTEGIES.

THERE IS ALWAY VERY GOOD POTENTIAL MARKET FOR CABLE TV IN SL. BUT DUE TO BAD MARKETING POLICY DTV ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO ATTRACT AVAREGE INCOME EARNERS. DTV SHOULD LOOK FOR INCREASED VOLUME INSTEAD OF HIGH MARGINS.

SLT IPTV HAS A LONG WAY TO GO. IT IS TOO EARLY TO CONSIDER IPTV RIGHT NOW AND AS "sattvmania" POINTED OUT WHAT ABOUT THE COST.

SLTIPTV PACKAGE CHARGES WITH HBO CHANNELLS ARE AROUND 1400/- AND THEY HAVE LESSER NO OF CHANNELLS COMPARED TO DTV. WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW CHANNELLS THEY MIGHT ALSO INCREASE CHARGES.

SO BEST POLICY IS TO WAIT AND WAIT PATIENTLY AS WE ALL HAVE DONE DURING LAST TWO YEARS...

Waruna said...

Hey guys,
How do we know that Peo Tv is not getting the Indian feed for Nick, Disney, MTV etc. ?
Right now, I'm in Singapore and the MTV feed here (Asian) is 1000 times better than the crap we get in SL. Even Star World is much better because there are no irritating indian adverts :-)

sanjan said...

dialog one s only good thing is it is available to every one. no point whether dialog has 5 million or not. will you call all those? all the important numbers are fixed lines. for your infomation dialog anyway has only 3 million max and mobitel is just behiend. they had given 4 million sims since they give kit freely with each phone but most are not active.
one important inside story for all of you. mobitel already revised their tariff to general public also but cant implement because of the upahara work load. all those are better than new dialog one and will come in next month.

Harindu said...

I rescan the channels today and go Kalagiri and Bloomberg. There are also channels named CH3, CH4, CH5 upto CH14. Does anyone know what are those channels.

The CH channels are currently scrambled. CH3 shows NDTV.

I have two TV's. Does anyone know how can i watch two channels on both TV's from the DTV?

Do I need to buy a extra decoder? How much will it cost?

Vista said...

Just imagine if all 5 million customers decide to accept the new offer at Rs 500 per activation charge?..... they will get into their kitty-bank a whopping 2.5 BILLION smackers!!!! Not bad uh???

neilw said...

If DTV continues to ignore the old premium package customers then they will really loose lot of customers. Even the other package customers should be careful- they will also get the awful treatment some day soon.
If DTV is really desperate then let us add any channel we like for a rent of 50/- each.

riky said...

@ Waruna

The feeds on PEO are the same as DTV as for NICK and they dont have Disney at present.HBO is the asian feed and the only sports channels are Euro Sport and DD

Micheal said...

Hi Guys,

How do you do a re-scan?
Is it by resetting Factory Settings?
Will restoring Factory Settings, undo all the Dialog TV local settings, and upset things...
Whats the pin code for the mpeg4 decoder?
someone please explain, Thanks.

Micheal

Nokia said...

@ Micheal
the password is 0000. I too had teh issue which Harindu had after doing a re-scaning. I got CH 1, CH 2, Ch 3 What I did was I manually removed those channels and made the line up normal.

Can anyone from DTV could let us know about those channels

Nokia said...

@ Vista
Now the competition has begun among mobile operators. In near future most of the calls will be FOC.
Mobitel started their campain stating Totally outgoing free and which included a FUP and time bands.

Now Dialog gives 1000 minutes free amoung their network.

And Mobitel is to revise their targetting group to all the customers.

But I saw in a news paper earlier that TIGO has mentioned that they are the 2nd largest mobile operator in sri lanka....

Anyway it's all good for poor customers like us who seeks their service. At least Mobile phone bill get lower than everything.

And hoping to see the same with Setallite TV as well

Micheal said...

@Nokia

Thanks for the password.
KIndly give me the re-scan procedure, so that i may get the on-test channels as well.

Thanks.
Micheal

Nokia said...

Out of topic
SLT is to charge from calls which comes out of Upaharaya connections... please update if anyone get the deatails

Deshal said...

As soon as I saw this comment, I spoke to DTV to confirm this. It is true. They are discriminating between the "premium" and "very premium" packages it seems! For Bloomberg, we might take this, but they will continue to do this in the future for other channels as well.

Now my question is, why should we hold onto DTV, when we can get the same package at a lesser cost with Indian service providers? Well, IPTV is not yet upto the level. So that's the only option.

No sooner they will tell us that we no longer can receive this and that "new" features because we are the "cheap premium"

I THINK IT IS DEFINITELY THE TIME TO SHIFT!

yakuza said...

my opinion is Airtel has forced all these great deals out of our local mobile providers. else they wouldn't have given this much offers.

Long live Airtel

Prasanna said...

As a old customer, i am looking in to the possibility of downgrading to Rs. 100 package (not Rs. 250).

Shivanka said...

Hi

if there's a company which provides most viewed satellite TV channels(selected list CN, Discovery etc..)in Asian feed, they will come top regardless of other service providers who gives many crappy channels. what matters is quality not the quantity. we cant watch all those channels at once ha?
better way is to let DTV know that we customers are aware of what kind of shit their giving to us, distribute an email among people acknowledging everyone.

bank_dude said...

Yesterday they installed the new decoder for me. I observed that basic power function is behaving in a strange way. Imagine the setup box is on standby mode and you disconnect the power. When you restored the power it should come to the standby mode again. That's how most electronic goods does and that's how old decoder operated as well. For the new decoder it is not happening that way. Once you restored the power, it switches on automatically and give you the last selected channel. (The channel you watched last). Can anyone confirm is it the way new decoder works. If that so, the new decoder will consume hell of a lot of power without being used.

Lisura said...


Dora the explorer and so many other favorite shows on nick is available in English on DISH TV.

I really don't know why DTV does not get the english audio feed of these programs !

DISH TV is the best option I think if you are not a huge fan of channels like hallmark, neo sports etc. For a monthly rental of Rs. 750/= you get all the kids channels + a lot of english news channels + sports channels + a lot more english channels !

This includes FTA channles like DW-TV, KBS World and NHK !

see this :

http://www.dishtv.in/static/packDishmaxi.asp

All for LKR 750/=

For the DTV 1400 package we pay LKR 1610 per month. for that price we can get 2 DISH TV connections !

Nokia said...

@ bank_dude
My decorder also working like that.

@ Michael
Go to settings > Select Factory Re set and confirm it. It takes 2-4 minutes to re scan and after that it works...

MW said...

DTV is out of new decoders ! have to wait about 2 weeks for new stocks !

Rukmal said...

Lisura

Normally DishTV rental is around Rs1200/= - Rs1000/=

from where you got it for Rs750/= ?
Is it Maxi Package ?

jrukmal@yahoo.co.uk

Lisura said...


DISH TV Maxi package available for LKR 750 and you can pay on the web. Check this Sunday Times HITAD. There is an Ad with a mobitel number.

And there is another place (actually there are so many places ) in pettah where you can buy the dish tv stb for Rs. 17,000/= with 1 years rental !

DISH TV is value for money !

podiman said...

If you are going to buy Dish TV from Sri Lanka always buy from a person who gives the registration details so that you can pay online. The others who who sells the package where you have to give the subscription fees to them are multiroom packages. They don't have a regisreation number only the mother package has a number. Multiroom package is very cheap. Subs is only Indian RS150/=.

alf said...

I HAVE NO COMMENTS,BUT THIS BUGGER (JESIKA RUKMAL,619,FREEMAN,RUKSHAN) RANAWEERA WHO SAID NOT TO TALK ABOUT DISH TV IS VERY INQUISITIVE?

YES LISURA IS RIGHT,IF YOU TAKE OUT THE ADVERTISMENTS ON HBO,STAR MOVIES AND NON AVAILABILITY OF NEO,DISH TV IS VALUE FOR MONEY .

alf said...

I HAVE NO COMMENTS,BUT THIS BUGGER (JESIKA RUKMAL,619,FREEMAN,RUKSHAN) RANAWEERA WHO SAID NOT TO TALK ABOUT DISH TV IS VERY INQUISITIVE?

YES LISURA IS RIGHT,IF YOU TAKE OUT THE ADVERTISMENTS ON HBO,STAR MOVIES AND NON AVAILABILITY OF NEO,DISH TV IS VALUE FOR MONEY .

Rukmal said...

lisura.

Did you get your dishtv connection from that guy?
Once I contact that person. But he is talking like a Guilty person. He wont give his address. He is saying once you do the payment he will come and do the installation.
can we trust this guy ?

SP said...

Dish Tv going to add Neo bouqut before India -Australia cricket series.
@rukmal
be carefull may be nother "Sakvithi" If he does not like to give his address don't think twise. Dont be fool, you will loose 17000/=

Lisura said...


You can get one from pettah ! Thats the most reliable way of getting a DISH TV connection. And you have the option of paying the rentals on the web !

Make sure you get the freedom to pay online. Otherwise paying to the dealer will cost you a lot its a hassle.

once you get the web access it's very easy to pay on the web and instantly you'll receive a message on the decoder indicating that your payment is received !

And there is a host of active services ! News, Sports, kids and much more !

star said...

COLORS channel is ADDED to DISH TV on CH NO.111 today.

Next week they will add ZEE TAMIL channel too.

Rukmal said...

lisura

pls contact me

jrukmal@yahoo.co.uk

spencer said...

DTV along with Dialog Telekom is going down the pipe. Dialog share hit an all time low of 7.75 today. The launch of AIRTEL and IPTV will hit will add the final nail to the coffin of Dialog. I was a subscriber from CBN SAT and was told that I have the premium package but now they seem to be adding channels to a new premium package. I pay 1400/- (Ex taxes) and they are fools if they think I'am going to pay 1,949/- for one channel. All catoons are in hindi there are no channels for the kids to watch and I loose the signal even at a slight drizzle. Their customer service is shit. I wonder how come Hans was promoted to handle regional responsibilities when the local company is heading for the dumps. I for one would not want to pay my DTV bills in advance as the future is very doubtful.

alf said...

LISURA

BE CAREFUL OF THIS RUKMAL,JESIKA,619,FREEMAN,RUSHAN (RANAWEERA),THE SAME ARSHOLE SAID NOT TO TALK ABOUT DISH TV IN THIS FORUM,NOW THIS SHE MAN IS LOOKING TO GET DISH TV RIGHT HERE IN THIS DTV FORUM.

GUYS WHO WORK FOR NGO"S WHO HAVE BEEN CHASED AWAY FROM THE NORTH SHOULD BE BOMBED,AND THIS B.UGGER IS IN THE CLAN OF THE MF FROM "AFOA"

LISURA DONT GIVE ANY DETAILS TO THIS SHEMAN AND THIS LTTE AGENT

Micheal said...

Hello Guys,

Its a very infuriating situation when one day you hold a premium package, and then the next day you dont, due to the whims and fancies of the provider. This scenario is beyond comprehension, and should not be allowed to happen by the TRC and consumer protection agencies.A premium package once defined, constitutes a top of the range selection, and customers who hold this are premium customers who have paid the premium charges throughout, and should not be sidelined and forced in to other packages that have been priced due to variable escalating costs or such issues pertaining to new add on channels.
What becomes of the "premium" package holders of the Rs. 1400/-+vat package now?
are they being forced to upgrade to a newer premium package just to get the aditional channels at a higher cost?
This is bull shit.
One more stunt like this and I am out of DTV (together with another 20 connections) for good.
LBN is sure to give a good deal even on connection charges.
Lets see.

Stay cool.
Micheal.

Micheal said...

"Old" Customers sure aint "Gold" customers.
Loyalty does NOT pay, people,.
Not in this day and age.

Its time to move on.........

sattvmania said...

Dtv won't change in the near future they know most of the customers only watch what they want using set plans. see what they have done to set plans removed set plans 11 ,13 and now set plan 14 fr 3mths minimum.for customers above 500pkg what a rip off,premium pkg yeah right. It is time to down grade to 500pkg for me .

podiman said...

@micheal,
You can go for a Dish, tatasky or Big tv package. There are better options too.

sanjan said...

hi guys
how s new dialog package doing?
next month mobitel will come with several offers

Micheal said...

Guys,

What are your thoughts on this tactic that DTV is trying?

Micheal

JfK said...

I want my DISH TV..... (and AIRTEL).......

podiman said...

@jfk,
Do you want a contact person for Dish tv connection? E-mail address pls.

neilw said...

TRC should get involved investigate the way TV is handling its customers. We paid for the premium package then, and now we are mot getting the new channels because they have a new premium package???

LANKA INFO said...

Happy Eid Mubarak.

Prasanna said...

I was old Rs. 900 package customer and upgraded to premium package as the customer care guy assured me that all new channels will be available to 1400 package. I have been paying 1400 for over a year expecting future chanels and to retain premium status. Suddenly, now have realized that it is not the case.

The way DTV (and dialog) treating the customers is not acceptable. I ill not upgrade my package for sure and I have lost faith is dialog.

Now I will wait and see for a better option (or a promotion) from SLT IPTV or Indian operator and will switch. I will either disconnect DTV or downgrade it (if only they allow Rs. 100).

I hope you guys remember how Dialog riped it customers in tha past. They charged Rs 2500 for a KIT connection and now they offer it at Rs 200-300. No benifit for the old customer who paid 2500 and the new customer who pays very low price get all the benifits (2 min free etc). Dialog was the last operator to meke the within netowrk incoming free and it was very recently that they gave incoming free on their 500 package. They took another year or more to come up with a 300 incoming free package. All theother oprators were far better in offering benifits to the customers.

If you have noted in the recent per second package, some call cahrges have gone up (compare nigt time charges in the old and new.)

Lisura said...


DTV have started playing the old dirty trick again. Upgrade to 1949 and get all the channels.

Dear friends, Dont fall prey into this ! Bloomberg, DW-TV and Channel news asia all are FTA channles. Not worth paying a cent extra to DTV !

In fact 1400 is also too much for the hindi crap they broadcast ! Today in the morning also i've checked "Dora the Explorer" was available in english on DishTV. And on DTV in was in hindi !

What a joke is this ? Why cant they do a simple thing as selecting the proper audio feed ?

Even CN is having multiple audio feeds including a tamil feed for most of the programs !

Rukmal said...

wait

Dialog is going to introduce a amazing package!
1000 unites outgoing free for fixed lines!
They are going to challenge Mobitel Upahara package.

I got this details from one of my best friends who works at Dialog!

Rukmal said...

New Airtel Tariffs Launching very soon (SriLanka)

Only one Package available for public,

Monthly Rental : 150/-

A To A Outgoing 1/- +Taxes(Peak and Off-peak)

A To Any land line 2/- +Taxes(Peak and Off-peak)

A To Other Mobile 1.50/- +Taxes(Peak and Off-peak)

SMS A To A FOC

SMS Other Networks 0.50/- +Taxes(Peak and Off-peak)

MMS Any Network 1.50/- +Taxes(Peak and Off-peak)

Lisura said...


@ rukmal

This airtel tariff is a Hoax !

I checked with a friend of mine who is working for Airtel.

Nokia said...

@ Rukmal
I dont think that they offer outgoing free for fixed lines as they have already started 1000 minutes free for Dialog. That must be the offer that your friend might have told you.

BTW international Service Week is next week and what we could get from Dialog TV and other Dialog products?
I remember they celibrated this past years hope they could come up with some affordable offers!!

Rukmal said...

Lisura

The airtel tariff i got from a mail. I'm not sure about it.

Rukmal said...

nokia

i got this details yesterday. so cant be the 1000mins free offer.

WELE said...

Lisura you may be correct- since the existing operators have resolved to charge an interconnection charge of 1.50/- per call between all operators (including Airtel) if your call is less than 1 minute- (most calls fall into that category)theoretically they wont make any profit- if you are billed at a per second rate- they in fact make a loss- unless you are charged the interconnection charge separately.

Rukmal said...

Airtel wont expecting a profit for first 5 years.

Deshal said...

I had my DTV connection from 2007 February. I am planning to change to an Indian service provider.

I would have liked to stick on to a Sri Lankan provider, but if SL providers are trying to cheat us, as customers, we are left with no other option.

I have emailed DTV, giving reasons for change.

1. Did not show Olympics, the world's most important sporting event.

2. Breaks down during slightest drizzle.

3. Pathetic picture and sound quality.

4. Funny looking set top box, old stockspiles of junks with no features.

5. Finally me being demoted to "cheap" primium from the premium level.

Wonder who takes decisions in DTV.

So its Bye for DTV from me.

DLR said...

Me too trying to get PEO. But as I dont have fixed slt conection my change over investment is little bit higher than expected. But for sure I will disconnect DTV connection if I receive any massege saying I have to upgrade my premium to super premium.

If DTV failed to give me new channels after they commercialy launch Bloomberg I will Definitely switch to PEO. (I'm not interest to watch Bloomberg. It is not my type of channel. but I hate DTV's third class policy)

DLR said...
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podiman said...

@lisura & deshal,

If you are looking for Indian DTH providers, send your e-mail address.

sanjan said...

@rukmal
if they are to give OG free to fixed lines they should give it now. no point in giving it when 1 million go for upahara. still trend is for upahara as dialog arcades are still empty. any way personally i feel that mobitel will offer more in near future with slt backing

Rukmal said...

sanjaya

You ar correct.
But I got this from a reliable resource.

Will see.....

Vishkid said...

Hi guys, coming back to the forum after abt an year ..

Hv a question: Has DTV discontinued the set plan where they had Star Movies, Neo Sports and something else?
Set plan 11 it was I think - now I can only see 12 after 10 in their adverts.

Transporter said...

Hi, Any one has the Dialog 1400Rs Premier Pkg agreement letter.

sanjan said...

@rukmal
may be your information is true. in 3 months time they ll give that and ask for another 1000 rupees to convert the package. 477 for useless 50% discount+500+another1000 in 3 months. its more than 600 per month. better to keep your old package and pay the bill of about 500 per month!

Observer said...

Guys..

Dont give a cent to Dialog

Here are the sat details of all the FTA channels that Dialog add for the 1900+ package

1. DW TV - available FTA on INSAT-4B (93.5E - Ku)
2. TV 5 - available FTA on Asiasat 3S (105.5E - C)
3. CN Asia - available FTA on Asiasat 3S (105.5E - C)
4. Fahsion TV - available FTA on Asiasat 3S (105.5E - C)
5. Bloomberg - available FTA on Asiasat 3S (105.5E - C)
6. Al jazeera - available FTA on Intelsat 10 (68.5E - C)


Thanks to our mate who posted the below information earlier.

Transporter said...

OFF TOPIC|

@ Sanjan,

Don’t panic. We know that ur working for Upahara& don’t spread rumors here.

Make sure…
• Life Time Discount – you have to pay the ONE time subscription fee of 477 (not daily basis.)

• Per second blaster - you have to pay the ONE time subscription fee of 500 (not like Upahara 8Rs x 30days x 1year = 2880Rs rental only without taxes.)

• Customers who have activated lifetime discount feature would continue to enjoy same under above package after the free minutes.

• An individual customer activates this service and later joined a corporate group, that customer
will still continue this benefit.

• If a corporate customer activates this service and later on becomes an individual customer then the customer will still continue to get the benefit.

Activation Method

SMS - Type Blaster and send to 678 (Refer SMS alert attachment for the SMS reply for the following conditions) or Dial #678# select option 2 (Blaster)

Enjoy… ur money… ur call…

IPTV said...

Check your horscope with Peo TV... Its in indication of what you can do with their services..

sanjan said...

@ transporter

you are just like dialog gsm. misleading people by comparing 2 totally unrelated things. daily 8 rupee is upahara rental and you cant compare it with useless life time discount fee of 477. it should be compared with dialog rental which is 10 per day thus 3650 per year without tax. so it is about 800 more than upahara. for that rental dialog gives 1000 mins free to 077 numbers only. they dont give OG free even to dialog cdma. but with upahara people can call 071,0112,0114,0115,0117(dialog cdma) freely. no wonder what is better! you may tell 50 cent charge 6pm to midnight. but people can talk 120 mins during that period for 60 rupees which is the difference of 2 rentals. but dialog gives it to anyone and that is the onlyadvantage of that.
back to 477 charge , people can enjoy it after 1000 mins for the 3rd minute of the call! so you have to take more than 500 calls (after free 1000 mins) lasting more than 3 minutes to recover that! will dialog last till that, will we be with dialog till that? will mobitel extend the package to public before that? what will airtel offer? these things we have to consider before wasting another 500 rupees.

sanjan said...

@ everyone
please see my above comment and give your comments. we need not to be loyel to dialog, slt or mobitel. we should select whatever suits us better. i feel at the moment upahara is uncomparable. but dialog one is also good for a non state sector small community to communicate but not good enough as a broad communication package as calls to land lines are not free.i m not at all against dialog package but i m critizising the way they charge us for every offer almost monthly. last month we paid phone bill plus 477 for nothing and this month are we going to pay phone bill plus 500? next month surely they say to pay it with 12 , 50 rupee installments!!if mobitel offers something similer to upahara for us also then those477 and 500 will be a total waste, isn t it?

Observer said...

I am appalled by dirty tricks being played by Dialog crooks.

How many of you are extensively using your outgoing after 2nd and 3rd minutes. We are only talking about a 477 cash upfront for those minutes. This will be beneficial until Airtel launches operations here. When that happens dialog will have to halve the call rates anyway to keep the customers

It is idiotic to compare the 477 discount ( Which is a sum paid in additional to the normal post paid package monthly rental ) to Upahara which has a monthly rental of 250 only for the whole package.

Rukmal said...

sanjaya

you are right but not all the thing you said.
We don't need wait until the 1000 mins end to take the advantage of lifetime discount. If we talk other than dialog line the discount apply for that.

Why dialog dont give outgoing free even for their Dialog CDMA lines ?

amazing...

Observer said...

In my opinion even Airtel would find it hard to beat Upahara call rates

Looser said...

Is this blog changed to DialogGSM now?????

Admin Please look into this matter.

Rukmal said...

looser be cool

we have to discuss current affairs too :)) LOL

Looser said...

Ok Lets forget about DTV and talk about Cellular services in Sri Lanka.

AMD said...

Hi guys, after much deliberation, finally got LBN.

Paid the money on Tuesday & they installed it yesterday( WED ). 6900 + one month rental. Quite a big procedure actually, drawing cables & stuff.

Anyways here are my views comparing DTV with LBN

Decoder made by Technosat.

PIC Quality - LBN is much better, ( although i hate to admit it )actual DVD quality pics & sound is also better especially on the music channels.

No pixel issues in HBO channels, and fast moving pics like ESPN & sports channels.

NO EPG.

CLOCK TIME cannot be adjusted by LBN. So it shows some other time now. ( Can anyone who has LBN confirm this ? )

Micheal said...

Hi Guys,

@ AMD,

Are you saying that the service proper in its entirety is a better bet than DTV?
And do you also reccommend DTV customers who are not satisfied, and most who are being downgraded by Dialog to being non-premium by force, to connect to LBN, if coverage permits them to do so?

Please give us a honest answer, thanks. Appreciate your frank views on this AMD.

stay cool.
Micheal

Nokia said...

I have converted my Dialog Packge to Blaster package and I see it's more econimical than my 500 package as I get charged PER SECOND basis. And 1000 mins outgoing free to Dialog Numbers + I get DISCOUNT for my local landline calls... Its amaizing offer.
Comparing the coverage and the Service (connecting to call centre @ dialog is eazy than connecting to mobitel) always Dialog is better.
My fater had a Dialog connaction and disconnected that and got a Mobitel Upaharaya and now he is back to Dialog and enjoying teh benifits given By dialog.

And you dont have to go to Dialog outlet to get this activated you can do it from the phone itself.... :)

If Mobitel to offer RAJYA SEWAYA PINISAI to genaral public. they may have to change the concept!

Rukmal said...

hi guys
I'm going to buy a dishTV.
I spoke with a Dishtv guy and do th payment today. Hi is going to install it this sunday.

I can do the payment through web
INR 300 x 2.33 = SLR 700 for MAXI package

Installation + Equipments = 2000/= + 19500 /=
1 year free subscription

I think its worth

Bye bye DTV !!

Lisura said...



LBN Digital service quality is much better than DTV. I have seen and experienced it personally. If I'm in the coverage area of LBN i would definitely go for it.

But unfortunately LBN is not available in my area. So I have to rely on a satellite connection. DishTV is the ideal for me. I paid to CBNSat for a connection even before it went on air and stayed with them in the good times and in bad times. The bloggers here and the admin knows it.

But now I have to let go DTV and go for a new operator ! No point in wasting time in complaining to DTV. It's like playing a violin for a deaf elephant !

Today in the morning "Roary the racing car" on Nick was available in english on Dish TV and in hindi on DialogTV.

LOLs!

Lisura said...



Good choice Rukmal !

Soon you will see the difference in quality !

"Colors" Channel is also available on Dish TV from yesterday on channel no. 111

Kids Active is on Channel 90 with lots of educational games for children.

Enjoy Dish TV !

Micheal said...

@ Lisura,

What you trying to say..
"Taak Englis yaar"...

ha ha ha ha...LOL

Stay cool "NewlY NoN PremiuM DudeS"

our time cometh...
Lets Exit En Mass,
In style!

Micheal

Lisura said...



Just got my cc statement. For 3 months i've paid only LKR 2179 !

It's only 569 rupees more than the Dialog TV monthly rental of LKR 1610!

What a saving even after getting a better connection !

Rukmal said...

lisura

Pls contact me via jrukmal@yahoo.co.uk

I need to get some details about DishTV

Tks

Lisura said...

@ Rukmal

Send your query to
dialogtv@yahoo.com

AMD said...

@ Micheal & Others

Hi, Yes would recommend LBN over DTV if its in their service area. Most of the old bloggers know that i did stand by DTV no mantter what happened.

My main reason to get LBN was the cost issue.

Where their C/C is concerned, i can tell u its kinda worse than DTV. I had to call them several times to get the details, & different agents told me different things, they take a long time to ans the phone ( there is no automated service ),
and sometimes no ans.

So if u dont mind the missing EPG & the wrong clock & the cable running all over, go for LBN.

AMD said...

By the way, although they have mentiond ETV & Channel V in their line up, its not available.

They have the COLOURS channel as well & UTV World movies.

MW said...

I wonder what will happen to Dialog group in future! they r really 3rd class people! you know people?,They r giving Dialog broad band connections for free to SLT ADSL customers !. I also tried their Broadband (i dont have an SLT line) but its not working in my area (Kandana). According to the guys who came to fix it half of the connections they try to deliver fails for poor signals.

Rukmal said...

mw
I'm kandana too! Where ar u?

yakuza said...

@rukmal, amd, lisura etc...

hope you guys will continue commenting on the blog in future, even if you have dropped the dtv connection

AMD said...

Pic of LBN Decoder if anyone likes to see

http://rapidshare.de/files/40594452/LBN_Decoder.jpg.html

AMD said...
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Lisura said...


@ Yakuza

Yes ! we'll be here. I still have my DTV connection. Thats why i can compare and see the difference. I always wanted a second connection to watch news and sports but dtv does not give any discount for the second connection.

So thats the reason I went for a Dish TV connection. Now when I look back i realise that even keeping 2 Dish TV connections is cheaper that Dialog TV. DTV pricing is so unrealistic.

Take off the HBO pack, hallmark and neo. Still they cant match the prices in the south asian region.

AMD said...

@ Yakuza,

Will certainly do. Have 2 DTV connections at my parents place & at my landlords too, so will always be able to compare the difference.

Usefull Infomation said...

I also got a dish tv connection for Rs. 12750/= These Guys say that they will install islandwide and also maintain the equipment.
I have a DTV conection taken way back during the CBNSAT era - I now DTV even asks for payment for FREE TO AIR cannels like Bloomberg - seems really stupid - There rental is high compared to other connections.

Rukmal said...

Yakuza

yes. we are always with this blog. we love it

Micheal said...

Hey guys,

will the 1949/- "NEW Premium" package also have to face the same fate as the original " 1400 + VAT Premium" package some point in time down the line, as overheads go up for DTV due to content providers icreasing the per customer charge, and will they also have to put up or shut up like whats happening now, due to DTV bull shit state of the art marketing strategy - putting down loyal customers and changing their promises down the line, as and when they pleaes?
Is it even legal when one has signed up for a "premium package", to be downgraded ad "Non-premium", due to the introduction of another "newer Premium package" purely becos costs have gone up for the provider?
When costs go up further, whats to be introduced - "Delux Super Duper Sucker Premium Package", with Free Porn channel for the first 100 customers,?.....Then what?

Stay cool "Newly Non Premium Package Holders"

Lets take a long hard look at the legality of this downgrade together with advise from the TRC and consumer protection agencies.

Micheal

sanjan said...

@ nokia

dialog says future today!
but they take you to the past and you seems to be pulling your father along with you. why i say this,
because dialog offers only voice calls free, but upahara video calls also free. imagine , in years time mobitel uses will take only video calls and you guys will just take boring voice calls. and communication freedom is more with upahara. dont be that much loyal to the network and try to make an elephant out of a mouse! let your father to get upahara benifits or else give that sim to a blogger here! and i hope mobitel will introduse good package to whole public with per second billing soon. guys, any news about that? if you have please publish here. i'm waiting for that and airtel to choose, had enough with dialog.
meantime i got iptv connection. its good and 29 channels per 1000 base package. HBO pack 400 more but i dont want that as i m not a big film lover. sports channels will be available next week, about 40-50 per channel per month along with star movies.and picture quality and sounds are really good. but as i havent used dialog tv cant compare accurately, but what i experienced with singer mega dialog tv pictures it is very much better.

sanjan said...

i said peo tv picture and sound quality is much better than DTV

::DINESH:: said...

hi fellow bloggers,
I'm a new blogger here although I have been reading this blog for many months.

I got my connection from CBNSat in March 2006. It's so annoying how DTV treat their customers. I was on the phone to DTV CC guys over half an our to complain about CN & Nick's Hindi feed. Then I asked about downgrading my package to the cheapest option and was shocked to hear that they are charging whopping Rs.2500 and cheapest available package is now Rs.250.. This is a rip off... It's so depressing that some of us have to put up with DTV. I'm going to switch to PEO as soon as they add Star World and AXN to their channel lineup..

SLP said...

out of topic
.
With a recent scanning on the TV through terestial analog transmission, there is a test transmission.
.
This channel branded as TV-2 and is just over the TVLanka on the UHF TV Brand.
.
Can anyone confirm who owens this and the possible brand name of it.
.
Does this the so called Siyatha TV?

Looser said...

@dinesh

What did you mean by "they are charging whopping Rs.2500"?

::DINESH:: said...

@LOOSER

DTV CC guy told me that I have to pay Rs.2500 if I want to downdrade to Rs.250 package. They are charging too much for doing nothing. Don't you think that too much..?

::DINESH:: said...

There a private cable company (not LBN) operating from Negombo covering most on the areas in Negombo, Colombo road upto Seeduwa and housing schemes in Ja-ela and Raddoluwa. They are covering our area too.. They are providing analog cable connection (no set-top boxes) with only single package inclusive of 50 odd chanels. They say they do their operations under 'Ruhunu Multivision 2000' license.. Their installation is Rs.3000 and monthly rental is Rs.620 and secondary connections cost only Rs.1500 and monthly rental is Rs.150.. I even got a leaflet from one of their promotion guys. It sounds too good to be true... Do you guys smell a rat about this company?

Looser said...

Yes Dinesh it is too much

Thanks for your info

podiman said...

@ Usefull Infomation,
Did you get 1 years subs free also for the Rs 12500 Dish tv package. Make sure you can do the payments online otherwise they will give you multiroom package STB's.

Roger said...

Hi,

Sorry for asking this question in this forum. But PEO TV forum seem to be having less members and I know that this forum has many "techees" who might able to help me!

I am presently living out of Sri Lanka and wondering whether we can watch PEO TV [provided I get a set top box from Sri Lanka and have ADSL-but not from SLT :) ]. Can someone advise me on this.

Deshal said...

@ Roger
I don't think you can access PEO TV out of SLT network as IPTV is usually network specific.

Deshal said...

Hey Guys,

Can anyone give me a contact to get either Dish TV or Big TV? I ckecked the channel lineups and it seems both have interesting channels.

I contacted satlanka guys but they seems expensive (charge LKR 30,000 for connection and LKR 2,000 monthly).

podiman said...

@deshal,
Please send give your e-mail address to send you a dish tv or Big tv contact.

Deshal said...

@podiman

Thanks.

Email is deshwa@hotmail.com

Usefull Infomation said...

I got the connection to be paid monthly - NO 1 year offer but they have a pay 6 and get 6 FREE

Usefull Infomation said...

@podiman

Hi

Please give the BIG TV & Dish Tv contact details and info - silva.milinda@gmail.com

Kind Regards

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the new post titled "Subscribers now looking for alternatives. Is this the end of Dialog TV?".

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