Friday, July 24, 2009

Channel Number 7 is "Nat Geo Wild" and more on the "trial" saga

Nat Geo Wild is expected to officially launch on Sunday July 26th on Dialog TV completing the marathon weekly channel launch. With this channel there is just one more slot in Dialog TV 4th transponder for a channel. Some channels such as SET Asia, AXN Beyond Asia, BBC Entertainment & Disney Channels which were expected have not made it onto the platform as yet but we hope that Dialog will take steps to bring them on in the near future.

As mentioned before just one more channel can be added to Dialog TV and then for further expansion they will either have to secure another transponder or will have to go 100% MPEG4. The latter looks to be the option that Dialog is pursuing since they started replacing MPEG2 decoders with MPEG4 ones from last year.

It just maybe that the only slot remaining on Dialog TV maybe for "Prime TV" that is to be launched by ITN in the near future. However we are unable to confirm this.

We have also received information that the word "trial" that was used in the advertisement indicating the launch of Fox FX last week, was to indicate that Fox FX will be available FOC for all packages until December 2009 (either upto the 25th or 31st) and thereafter it will continue to be available FOC for Value Plus Rs 1949/= package only but will be available only as a SET Plan for the other packages. We hope that those who are using packages such as Super 700, ect can confirm whether they are able to watch Fox FX at the moment. We believe that this week's channel Nat Geo Wild may also be on trial for all packages until a specified date too.

With Nat Geo Wild the number of educational channels on Dialog TV increases. Now Dialog TV will have to speed up the MPEG4 changeover and add some of the above mentioned channels with more Tamil Language channels. They should also look at alternative revenue sources with unobtrusive advertising on selected channels without damaging the viewing experience so that channels can be increased with out increasing package rates.

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

Nat Geo Wild Asia - http://www.ngwild.com/

Fox FX Asia - http://www.fxtvasia.com/

52 comments:

Gloria said...

I have not seen this channel yet! I was checking before getting to work. is dialog under going another big upgrade coz some channels reception is really bad special ITN. I am facing problems with reception for about a week now. earlier it was quite clear. what could be the prob?

hellbreez said...

Fox Fx is the hippiest channel so far DTV has intorduced.The programming content and the quality is far far beyond Star world or any other in same Genre.Best channel introduced and I strongly advice my fellow bloggers to try out this great channel!!Thank you DTV and weldone!!

MERINO ROSHA said...

hi for FOx FX u have to call customer service and activate it , its free till 31st December for all package i just activated the channel

Priyantha said...

Very disaponting about new channells. I think Fashon Tv, Set PIX Asia,AXN Beyone, BBC Entertainment is Must add the package. If they add Thies Channels Very worth for 1999/=. And Dialog wiil get Nother transpondent immidiatly.

Transporter said...

Did anyone noticed the Dialog TV clarity today. improvement in quality level too.. No pix'tion issue in HBO. Pls check & update...

don said...

I think today they have done a software update. that may be the reason for the clarity. there was a notice on my screen about this.Did anyone notice it

Rukmal said...

@ MERINO ROSHA
Thanks for ur information.

I have activated the FOX FX for my 500 package.
Its free till Dec for all packages

Is netgeo Wild also free till Dec ?

Conny said...

http://www.dishpointer.com/


if i use a compass, can I relocate the dish using the data given on the above site??? urgently needed advice...

Gloria said...

hi, does the picture break up when the box gets hot? my picture keeps breaking, but no signal loss! what could be the prob?
sat is pointing in the right direction too.
by the way just scan the channels again and you will get fox fx, i didnt call dialog to get it activated. i like fox fx very much.

larukh said...

@ Gloria

What is your package.. I have Big Deal package and I rescanned and didn't get the Fox FX channel .. I tried several times on their hot line to activate the channel and couldn't get connected..

podiman said...

@Conny,
Yes you can do it with the help of a compass and http://www.dishpointer.com/ data. It will take sometime for you. Better to get someone who knows to do it.

Looser said...

DTV has started editing Fox FX, They are blocking some programmes and uplinking Fox crime on FX

I don't think FX stay longer

MERINO ROSHA said...

please see HITAD of sunday times 2day there was a ad saying TIME SHIFT, REWIND,OR PAUSE LIVE TV available only for 5 local channels and 3 international channels pls check its on page 81

Conny said...

@ Podiman,

whom do u refer by someone who knows to do it??? is it DTV??? well, the dish has to be moved to the next house which is just few meters aways from the dish's present location...
I don't see a reason to call DTV and pay those fellows to just move it a few meters. even if it takes few days I will try it myself.... may be the internet would give some help.....

Conny said...

@ Merino Rosha,

saw the ad....
Wonder what you want to know about it???

Talking about the ad, it is an ad from DTV slinging mud indirectly at PEO TV of SLT. TSTV, REWIND AND PAUSE LIVE TV is only available to 8 channels in PEO TV.

I would be happy to post few thoughts in relation to this ad.

1. Unlike DTV the main concern in PEO tv is not only getting a whole line up of channels.. The IPTV technology enables the viewer to have a wide range of applications over the TV and interactive facilities... I heard that PEO is currently designing a tele-learning system which would come over PEO TV very soon that would help the education of schooling students.... PEO has a wide range of areas to develop and not only channels...( NOTE : I am not promoting PEO in anyway here in this blog. I am only expressing my views )

2. To enable the TSTV facility, it takes a lot of resources and infrastructure. PEO has to store the programs of 48 hours at any given time of a single channel, to enable the TSTV feature for just one channel.. ( rewind and pause live tv is comes around this concept) So, one could imagine the resources it needs to enable such a feature... it may be a difficult task for PEO to enable this feature to every channel at once.So, we may have to wait for sometime....
"ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN ONE DAY".

3. DTV is pointing out the don't see's in PEO.. But does DTV have those facilities in DTV???? at least one feature??? We all know that many sat Tv providers in India including Airtel Digital and Tata Sky have these Record, Pause facilities in their services... DTV did not introduce a new channel for a very long time until now ( 7 channel run )

afterall what I feel about this ad is that DTV is bad in doing such a thing and it looks unethical to me... As I said above PEO cannot do wonders in one day nor can DTV.. It might take some time for PEO to come out with innovative things ::: ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN ONE DAY:::

NOTE : I am not promoting PEO TV here, just expressing my thoughts only....

podiman said...

@Conny,
Sure you can give a try to do it your self. There are many articals in the internet for you to reffer.

Gloria said...

hi, i have the full package, all the channels. try keeping your box on thru out the night and see following day if its updated with net geo wild and fox fx.

Saths said...

I'm new to this but a regular follower.

Yes Fox Fx and Nat Geo WILD channels are free to all customers untill 25th December 2009. But you have to call Dialog Tv cc for activation. Ask only to activate these channel until 25th December 2009. We don't know what they are going to do after that. I got this activated. I'm in th Rs.1400/= Package (old premium package).

hush said...

i dont understand the concept if its free why call to do activation??

samaru said...

Those who still didn't activated Fox FX for FREE,please call dialog TV hotline 0777 679-679..the channel will be activated instantly.. :)

Saths said...

But it is true, both chanells Fox FX & Nat Geo WILD are free fro all customers until 25th of December. call their hotline and get it activated. NatGeo Wild is far better channel. Super selection by DTV & well done.

yakuza said...

hi guys
can someone post the link to dtv set plans. cant find it in their website.
thanks

hp said...

@Yakuza

look at http://www.dialogblogs.com/2009/07/dtv-set-plans-activations/

@Saths,

I called DTV last night and they claim only the FOX FX is free for all packages until 25th DEC. As per the person I talked NatGeo Wild is only for the preminum package.

larukh said...

@hp

I called DTV and activated both the channels today.. The guy there (I don't remember the name) told that both channels are free till 25 December.. I have the BIG DEAL package.

hp said...

@Larukh

This is strange. I also have the Big Deal Package... but he didn't ask me about the package et all.

Well... thanks...
I will try to call them tonight and see....

Rukmal said...

NatGeo Wild also free till Dec

samaru said...

I must thank dialog for adding some super channels to their lineup with exclusives..FX,Fox Crime and NatGeo wild are my favorites..and thanks for making last 2 channels free for all customers for a certain period of time..new administration seem to be handling dialog tv quite well..with this they have successfully bagged some appreciation from their customers..

we must appreciate dialog for their service,i cant imagine what to do if we only had peotv..paying too much for less..

but dialog must concern about customers while making their profits in the future.

yakuza said...

@hp
thanks mate

has anyone noticed they only have one set plan for star movies, which is 700/=

Rukmal said...

yakuza

yes they had Setplan 11
Star Movies, Ten Sports, Pogo
The most famous steplan.
I was very lucky to activate it and still it works.

larukh said...

@ Yakusa

@ Rukmal

Talking on Set Plans; I have the BIG DEAL package and the only sports channel missing in that package is "TEN Sports".. The only Set Plan that includes "TEN Sports" is the "SET 15" which has all the sports channels for Rs.600 ..So if I want to add TEN Sports I have to pay extra for six channels which are already in my package lineup.. They just need more and more money, that's it no customer satisfaction..

hp said...

@larukh
I finally got both channels activated.

They claim that both will be free for 4 months and by end November the free period expires...

Coming back to Tensports..... Its a tragedy...
I expect most of the BIG DEAL customers will go for it if it is available for 100 bucks... similarly BabyTV (priced @ 250).


DTV should provide set plans for individual channels.... then they can know the popular channels and can decide to remove crappy stuff which are wasting valuable bandwidth.

they can have more business and expand the channel set with out spending a lot on a new transponder also.

hope be the AXIATA reps will have enough common sense.

hp said...

@Samaru

100% agreement....

seems like they on to the correct way...

Will wait and see.

Nokia said...

Hey Friends!!!

Good news. From 1st of August you get the option to activate channels (single Channel) you need. But that will be enable to 500/= Pkg holders. With that you can have TenSports activated

Await for more info....

Nokia said...

tensports 100, for that plan.

But I saw today that Tensports is to go MPEG4 from the 5th of August. And Does Dialog have MPEG4 ready for all Tensports vivers?

If so they can switch to MPEG4 for all movie channels as well.... Will wait and see their movement.

According to my view now Dialog TV is better than other competitors....

Keep up the good work DTV

AMD said...

Check this:

http://srilankastocks.blogspot.com/2009/07/dialog-telekom-is-it-end-of-dark-days.html

Long article but worth reading

Tharindu Hasanka said...

Hey Dialog,nw its time to add one or two new sport channels for your lineup.you guyzz did some great move in last weeks.keep it up and wish u all da very best 4 ur future.

AMD said...

WATCH SL VS PAK LIVE:

http://www.justin.tv/lanka0001

SLP said...

This is an advert found on Facebook

Guess the number of local and international channels on Dialog TV’s Rs. 999/- rental package and stand a hance to win a FREE Dialog TV connection OR have 3 months rental waived from your Dialog TV connection.
'DTVC [space] your name & answer’
and SMS it to 7676

Rukshan said...

Is it now we are receiving Mpeg 4 stream of Ten Sports

Dhammika said...

HOW DO YOU KNOW ITS MPEG 4??

Conny said...

Ten Sports is on MPEG4 from August 5th...

larukh said...

AFIK, only Dialog receiving center (where they receive signals from tensports broadcasting satellite) need to have mpeg4 a decoder. After they received the signal they can re-encored the signal to mpeg2 or mpeg4 (or other compression format), encrypt and transmit to their satellite (intelsat 12) which transmit that signal to our home antennas. So you don't have to worry about the mpeg4 conversion of tensports as long as DTV use the mpeg2 compression.

p.s.

In the tensports website they say that; they did this conversion to facilitate more channels without increasing bandwidth.

Shamira said...

With Thailand`s controversial decision to disown the recent arrest of LTTE frontliner Tharmalingam Shanmughan alias Kumaran Padmanathan, Sri Lanka has missed a golden opportunity to unravel the LTTE`s vast global procurement network built on what a military official called ``a foundation laid by India.``

The official asserted that this was a serious setback to their efforts to further weaken the enemy`s overseas network which had been dealt a crippling blow due to the loss of seven shiploads of armaments since September last year in four separate operations mounted by the SLN.

Despite destruction of ships and a series of arrests, particularly in operations carried out by the US, the LTTE network largely remains intact. The sources pointed out that last week`s destruction of three LTTE ships over 600 nautical miles south east of Sri Lanka was evidence of the existence of the enemy network.

Padmanathan also known as `KP` would have been able to reveal the launch of the LTTE`s procurement section which had massive funds at its command to keep the Tigers supplied with arms, ammunition and equipment.

Last week`s Thai rebuttal of any arrest had come in the backdrop of the recent extradition of three key LTTE operatives arrested in Thailand to Colombo. They had been members of the LTTE procurement network when Thai authorities had detained them in March 2004.

Sri Lanka`s failure to keep KP`s arrest secret at least until a high level intelligence team which included representatives from the Attorney General`s Department and Foreign Ministry reached Bangkok had angered Thai officialdom.

India`s call for extradition of KP in connection with Rajiv Gandhi assassination had obviously placed Thailand in an extremely difficult position, authoritative sources said.

`They avoided needless trouble by simply denying KP`s arrest, a fact they confirmed last Monday. We would not have sent a full team without receiving word from them,` a knowledgeable source said.

Surprisingly an SLN representative had not been included in the delegation despite the LTTE overseas network`s almost total dependence on ships to move in supplies.

KP`s network had ensured that that the LTTE shipping fleet was kept busy in moving artillery pieces, aircraft, boats, surface to air missiles, considerable stocks of various types of ammunition and communication equipment among other items.

`Most importantly, he would have revealed the extent of the Indian role in building their overseas network,` he said. `The revelation would have been too embarrassing for the Indian political leadership. KP would have revealed the true extent of the Indian hand. In fact, he would have been able to shed light on the enemy`s access to large quantity of weapons of Chinese origin.`

Wire services quoted Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee saying Padmanathan, an accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has not been detained in Thailand.

`We have been informed that Padmanathan is not yet detained,` the minister said when asked about reports of the LTTE leader`s detention here this week.

Sri Lankan officials said that the ongoing military operation would have benefited immensely had relevant authorities handled the issue discreetly.

The Maldives giving access to four LTTE cadres in their custody last May is a case in point, the sources said. Within 24 hours after the destruction of their trawler by the Maldivian Coastguard, the SLN despatched an intelligence team to interrogate the suspects.

The SLN last week declared that interrogation conducted in Male` had facilitated the destruction of the three ships.

Anuruddha said...

guys whats the new set plans on DTV? nothing on DTV web site :( :S.

tc

Rukmal said...

DTV setplans

http://www.zshare.net/download/63822433d1783283/

Anuruddha said...

@ Rukmal : hey thx a lot for providing the latest DTV set plans.

is their any new individual set plan per channel for 500 and 700 package holders. I have heard something like that. Is it true. If so like to know which channels are available on individual set plans and the prices too.

tc

තුෂාර ජයරත්න. said...

DTV re line up their channel line up 10th August at 10am.

Thanura said...

@ dhammika and Conny,
I think TENSPORTS are broadcasting on MPEG-4 but thats for headends.
Dialog is getting TENSPORTS in MPEG-4. But dialog is broadcasting it again to us using mpeg-2 technology. So we might not see any difference.

Any comments guys ?
(correct me if I'm wrong...)

Nokia said...

Admin & Bloggers,
There are so many changers with DTV. I saw they had Local advertisements during the match y’day on TenSports. No one is talking about it here…....

And Dialog TV sachets channels are also available for 500 and below customers. From the 1st of August, Where as I told this on the 30th july :) (CC Confirmed)

And for others single channel also can be selected. (cc Confirmed)
TenSports 99
Star Cricket 99
Star Sports 99
Espn 99

And DTV is to re arrange the channel list today. Admin Let’s talk about these changers in a new blog.

AMD said...

@ NOKIA

Ya i saw the ALLIANZ insurance ad and a DIALOG per min, per sec ad.

DTV should put all the info on their website. There is nothing mentioned about SET PLANS. Why is that ?

Nokia said...

@ AMD
I 100% agree with you. We shold know what we are paying for......

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Channel lineup rearrangement today from 10pm onwards".

Admin