Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dialog's PVR (Personal Video Recording) feature

After a period of inactivity in terms of new developments Dialog TV have introduced the Personal Video Recording Feature for an additional monthly rental. Unlike IPTV where all the recording & storage takes place at the service providers end, here it takes place at the subscribers end. Dialog is providing a 4GB pen drive approximately meaning 4 hours worth of recording but you can connect any USB 2.0 large capacity HDD for recording which is encrypted and cannot be watched on any other device.

With Dialog PVR recording can take place for only one channel at a time unlike in IPTV where multiple channels are recorded at the same time allowing the subscriber to be able to access programmes from multiple channels spanning several days.

All in all this feature cannot match the Time Shifting & PVR facilities provided by an IPTV network and is also not close to the PVR features provided by other DTH networks in the region who provide from 130 to 200 hours of recording and remote recording by instructing the PVR to begin recording either from a mobile phone or through the Internet. With Dialog providing internet & mobile services, we believe that this maybe just around the corner.

Dialog TV have taken a step in the right direction but with only a measly 4 hours of recording and less features in comparison to other service providers the rental of Rs 750/= exclusive of taxes for something that will take place at the subscribers end using the subscribers electricity has already killed the service. Dialog TV should immediately reduce the rental, give a decoder with a multiple tuner (the present dual tuner allows to watch one while recording the other) allowing multiple recording of channels at the same time & allow upto 200 hours of recording as standard.

So at the moment our conclusion is that the PVR service idea is good but lacks a lot in terms of recording capacity & features in comparison to the other service providers and is also grossly over priced and will be an utter failure unless Dialog rethinks the pricing and makes improvements to the service. One more thing is that even if Dialog can match the features of other service providers then Rs 750/= will still be considered as being grossly over priced. So a price reduction is a MUST.

10 comments:

Priyantha said...

Dialog wants only money..Indian sat's already have HD. what are u doing Dialog...we dont want pay 750 for monthly. please improve channels and get new quality channels. no Ten Action, sentana ...but only have blady PVR

mld said...

I think NEO CRICKET is a useless chaneel in DTV line up. every time there telicasting playback highlights. most of old matches which India has won.nothing that no good programes. TEN ACTION , SKY SPORTS , CHANNEL 9 AUSTRALIA are good sports channels to replace with rubish NEO CRICKET.

Priyantha said...

I think Asia cant telecast Sky Sports, Channel 9. dont remove sports channels. add new ones.

sattvmania said...

yes guys i too agree that paying extra money for watching hd is useless and ridiculous. Istead dialog tv if u want to make money try reducing pkg rentals or connection fee.

nilu said...

why we pay extra money for the Dialog's PVR (Personal Video Recording) feature, it should be available with subscribers end.PEOTV doing that for free.

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Nokia said...

Good News Guys!!
From today onwards Setanta Sprorts will be avalble as a test transmission on Channel Number 41.

According to news that I got the test transmission is avalable to all the packages.

Further DTV has again started their buy1 get1 offers.

Nokia said...

http://www.setanta.com/asia/

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Dialog tests Setanta Sports - rugby fiesta for everyone".

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