Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Maharaja requests & request from Swarga TV

An increase has been seen both on this blog as well as the Dialog Facebook fan page with requests for Sirasa TV, Shakthi TV & Channel One MTV to be added to Dialog TV, claiming that Dialog TV will lose subscribers if they don't do so.

We believe that this is the work of a small group of individuals some with links to the Maharaja's and others who enjoy the Maharaja channels.

Regrettably it is the Maharaja's who initially disregarded cable television & made statements criticizing cable platforms and carried newspaper advertisements barring any platform from including the Maharaja channels. Now they have understood that they cannot survive unless they hop aboard these platforms & got themselves on board PEO TV. Now they are desperate to get on Dialog TV and are pressurizing Dialog to replace existing channels with their three channels.

We understand that there is a segment of the population that enjoys the three Maharaja channels and we respect them but replacing is not the way to get about doing this. If Dialog is contemplating adding the three Maharaja channels then they should do so by increasing capacity and not by removing existing channels.

In addition we have got information that a local Christian channel called Swarga TV is approaching Dialog TV and requesting that they be included on the platform. Swarga TV is a local Christian channel which is presently available on LBN at the moment & broadcasts content for 6 hours per day. As per the information received they are targeting the slot occupied by God TV.

Dialog should not touch any of the religious channels that are on their platform presently, which have been around on Dialog TV for quite a number of years and are very popular among the religions that they are associated with. So popular that some people purchased connections from Dialog TV just to view the channel associated with their religion. Dialog TV replaced God TV with EWTN a couple of years back on Christmas day and were forced to reintroduce it after a lapse of a few hours after being pressurized by God TV viewers in Sri Lanka.

Dialog TV will most definitely see a repetition of these events if God TV is indeed replaced by Swarga TV. In addition God TV is 24hr internationally recognized English language channel however Swarga TV is a local language channel which only consists of 6hrs of programming at present and not upto the standard of God TV broadcasts.

If Dialog TV is contemplating adding Swarga TV to its platform then it shouldn't be at the expense of God TV or any other channel for that matter. It should be done so after increasing the capacity of their platform or another way is to give them airtime on slot allocated for a local FTA channel which doesn't carry any programming during the morning hours since Swarga only operates for 6hrs per day and some local channels only commence transmission during the afternoon or evening hours.

The important thing to remember is that people pay Dialog TV to watch international channels and not locally produced channels. Furthermore channel replacements should be halted & any planned replacement should be postponed and they should be introduced as additional channels after Dialog increases capacity. Bad replacements have been carried out in the past among many for example is Warner TV replacing Zee Cafe which was a big mistake in hindsight.

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

54 comments:

admin said...

I can confirm that Channel Eye will not be showing the world cup,but up to now no local channel have come forward to telecast the world cup.does any body know which local channel will be showing the matches?

nilu said...

CSN telling their not gonna telecast the rugby WC but state media has the rights to telecast.

what is the state owned channel they mention we do not know but i should be channel eye.

nilu said...

it should be channel eye.

nilu said...

there is no point to replacing the existing channel for the Maharaja's channel but there is some channels were not view majority of the peoples and dialog can replace this channels.

now is the time to dialog to increase their channels..

unlich236 said...

please dont replace the channel line up for maharaja channels

unlich236 said...

for sirasa lovers

pl get normal antenna watch the channel

dialog should introduce some international channels like ten action axn beyond , history channel
NOT any local FTA

Lankan Blogger said...

I appreciate the Admin's understanding of the situation regarding the Maharaja channels.

However I do note that the Admin clearly has a great liking for God TV. Now, whatever his/her personal religious beliefs are, these should not leak into the activities of this blog.

When Dialog replaced God TV with EWTN in December 2009, the Admin was the first to complain about it. Nobody else complained before the Admin, and nobody even after. It was just the Admin.

So if the Admin or any of his friends or family bought DTV primarily to watch God TV, he should clearly state that OR instead avoid the bias. Nobody seems to have agreed with the Admin's idea yet, which means that either the people who are dedicated to God TV on Dialog aren't on this forum, or they do not exist at all. I'd bet on the former, but then again I doubt this is a large population.

Those theories aside, I don't think it is suitable for God TV to be replaced with any other Christian channel. Instead Swarga TV or EWTN or any other religious channel should occupy a new channel slot, preferably on a new transponder.

Thush D said...

God TV has to be there. I can confirm and agree with the admin on what he has said. I personally know a few people who have brought PAY TV (DTV & others) to watch GOD TV & a few other channels alone. Don't bother telling me it's FTA, blah, blah, cos I already know. Clearly those people aren't interested in getting a dish with which you can watch FTA channels only & neither am I & my family. So Dialog you better not touch GOD TV. By the way how about Ten Action? Missing champions league matches is not very fun.

Nishan said...

Why we pay a huge rental to watch local channels??if DTV introduce anymore local channels by replacing existing channels then i would definitely switch to DISHTV, its just useless of showing our interest on this blog to force DTV to introduce new channels,DTV is now greedy for money,they dont care about customer views...i really miss CBN Sat...DTV Management can take a good lesson from CBN sat was in operation....think about the great customer service offered to us by CBN Sat,channel line up which they had during their time was superb...i really really miss CBN sat...i wish if DTV can be another CBN sat to us..

Atleast now its the hightime to intoduce new channels like BIG CBS PRIME,SYFY,ITV GRANADA,BBC ENTERTAINMENT, CHANNEL V INTERNATIONAL..etc..

Smax said...

That mean Dtv unable to give MBC chanale.... So good. Never think about custmores. But frist of all need to think about local channel. There many uslees channal like NHK, CCTV, NDTV, why cant u remove those. But Dtv can removed all Z channels. about custmores. But frist of all need to think about local channel. There many uslees channal like NHK, CCTV, NDTV, why cant u remove those. But Dtv can removed all Z channels.

Priyantha said...

@Smax
most of dtv customers dont want MBC channels. and they dont want remove any international channel. NDTV, CCTV and NHK is world famous international news channel. so i think u can see MBC channels free with u normal antana.. dialog add new transponder or change HD. you will win ...if not U have to go HeLL

Vishkid said...

We do not want MBC at the cost of other channels, and I say that as an original member of this blog - right along with CBNSat scenario. We debated the validity of getting MBC channels then and had to put of with their nonsense and frankly majority community in colombo do not watch these channels. There's no need to replace existing channels with MBC - if DTV can get more TP space .. then that's a separate matter.

Those of you who want to watch MBC - pls continue to watch them like you do now till DTV manages to increase BW.

Also OT, hv any of you noticed that TP2 and TP3 hv signal strength issues once in a while? There are times when TP2/TP3 has "No Signal - 48" whereas TP1 and TP4 are clearly watchable? I'm foxed by this ...

Mario said...

Agree with vishkid. After being with this blog from the inception, we do not want MBC channels. After all what they say said about cable tv and all those days !!!
Besides Channel 1 is just a sorry excuse for a English TV station. MBC is just keeping it for the sake of having a English channel. Do ull know that more people watch Channel 1 news on Shakthi TV than they do on MTV ?, Sirasa news is not even the top rated Sinhala news, after all their shouting about this and that.

Also in the just for info, in the last quarter English Radio ratings, SUN FM is 3rd and really close to YES FM. No. 1 is of course GOLD

Mario said...

Rumor is that REAL RADIO has been sold by VOA to a company headed by the Janashakthi Insurance clan of the Schaffter family.

The media conf in on wed 14th @ Cinamon Grand.

leyland said...

Sri Lanka East West Properties buys media firm
Sep 08, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's East West Properties has spent 49.3 million rupees to buy control of People's Media Network which operates radio and television broadcasting stations.

A stock exchange filing said East West Properties, controlled by businessman Nahil Wijesuriya, bought 4.9 million ordinary shares or a 51 percent stake in People's Media Network for 49.3 million rupees.
It said People's Media Network has licenses to run private radio and television broadcasting stations and networks.

The firm now operates nine radio frequencies and two television frequencies issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka.

- Source

Mario said...

What are the channels run by Peoples Media Netowork ?

admin said...

rugby world cup black out for poor srilankan rugby fans who cant afford dialog tv..shame on csn shame on rupavahini

Rovin said...

theres no use of replacing MBC channel.... DTV should add channels like Ten Action and AXN Beyond...

Nalin Kiing said...

There're lot of people bought Dialog TV to watch Sri Lankan channels, cause most of places couldn't receive clear pictures of Sri Lankan channels. So if Dialog can add other remaining Sri Lankan channels to Dialog TV platform it would be a great thing for Sri Lanka's majority of TV viewers

nilu said...

yes. I Agreed with Nalin Kiing. there are places couldn't receive clear pictures of local FTA channels.so dialog doing a great job to those peoples..

admin said...

CHANNEL EYE WILL BROADCAST THE RUGBY WORLD CUP FROM TOMORROW

ABC said...

These guys are thinking Colombo is covering most of the Sri Lankan area. Tell me if you can watch all SL channels from out of the Colombo. I am living in Colombo. But I am moving to here and there. So I know most of the people are buying DTV to watch SL channels. I mean out of the Colombo. So the solution is simple. Add other SL channels and also most requested international channels. Add more slots. As I know there are number after 75. :-) called 76 and 77 etc...
If i is not possible just remove some unwanted channels. Add only most requested channels.

Dialog is wasting money by sponsoring to Star programs. Millions and millions. Just wasting. They should think that we are paying for DTV for not to star programs. This is a true story.

CiTi hitz is not telecasting programs now. Now they are just repeating for 8 months now.

Other international channels are not getting to DTV. Bullshit. We are paying for nothing now.

Once again, introduce Sirasa and other local channels. Also bring back most requested other international channels like ten action. (Honestly I have not watched it. But think it should be a good channel. I didn’t have this channel when I buy this.)

I want to express my message to DTV guys. You are losing customers now. Stop wasting our money. give a proper value for our payments.

Mario said...

Channel EYE is re-broadacsting NEO SPORTS via PEO TV link for Rugby WC.

Nokia said...

Hi,
Got to know that Suntel company is to be taken over by Dialog.....

Update us if anyone know about it

அஜித்தின் 50வது படம் said...

Maharaja channels Sirasa TV, Shakthi TV & Channel One MTV Please Add it.........

And Dont remove GOD Tv........ Then Have to lose Many of Christian Customers.......
Because lot of christian customers by DTV Because Of GOD Tv

Pls Replace Sirasa, Shakthi to ETV and Other Useless Channels....

அஜித்தின் 50வது படம் said...

Maharaja channels Sirasa TV, Shakthi TV & Channel One MTV Please Add it.........

And Dont remove GOD Tv........ Then Have to lose Many of Christian Customers.......
Because lot of christian customers by DTV Because Of GOD Tv

Pls Replace Sirasa, Shakthi to ETV and Other Useless Channels....

Lankan Blogger said...

@ ABC
If Dialog adds channels 76, 77, etc. then the quality of the other channels on the last transponder will degrade. Rather, the time is ripe for Dialog to get hold of a new transponder for another bunch of channels.

What is your definition of "unwanted" channels? If Dialog had only the "most requested channels" then I'm sure even you will lose some of your favourite programming that others may not watch. Dialog should provide a balanced channel list and they are doing that right now. Perhaps a few more Tamil language channels would be appreciated, but other channels should not be removed to add new ones.

And let me remind you that you are not "paying for nothing now". Remember that there are a large number of international channels which are ALREADY on DTV. You're paying them to watch those channels and make improvements, not just to add new international channels.

There is no need for Sirasa channels. Rather, Maharaja should focus on upgrading to digital terrestrial broadcasting and also expanding their coverage. This could also apply to the other local channels which are broadcasting on Dialog.

I doubt Dialog is losing customers because they aren't necessarily providing a bad service. They're providing us with a selection of channels to watch, which is what most people expect and most people would be satisfied with that, I believe. However they do need to make additions to their lineup and they have been lacking in that department, but I doubt people are dropping the service en masse because of this.

ABC said...

@Lankan
We are using DTV watch the local channels (And yes international channels also). Out of the COlombo we can not wach local channels even with an antenna. This is the truth. So local channels must be there. I am not sure why do not like to Sirasa TV. I am not a Sirasa fan. But I just suggested it should be there. I like if it is there.

There are about 75 channels. But I am watching only a few channels. But I am not saying to remove the other channels since I am not watching :-) But there are some channels to replace.

What about CitiHitz? They are just telecasting same repeating 4 dramas for a year now. Dialog is not funding money there.

This is why I saying paying for nothing now. We are paying to watch TV. They are just funding there money to star programs. We do not want that. We want to see that they are using money for DTV facilities. They can fund their money to CiTiHitz channel. That was a very good one and now DTV is not giving money to CiTiHitz. I got this info through CiTiHitz management.

Atleast Now they can replace this channel to a good one without wasting a slot.

Any news about Hiru TV? will it come over DTV as well?

jagath said...

Still no response from Dialog Tv about Ten Action channel.. Please remove dumpy Euro Sports channel and add Ten Action channel...

Larukh said...

We need TEN Action ASAP... pls add Ten Action...

V8 said...

The main reason people buy a cable tv connection is to watch non-local channels .. so if Dialog is going to replace any of the other channels by any local channel, THAT IS VERY STUPID..

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hush said...

hi

hush said...

hi, have noticed that when i use m3 dongle within 4 m radius of setup box of the small black decoder then transponder 2 channels get pixelated and similarly transponder 3 channels when i use dialog mobile. it could frequency getting jammed by these devices or the this type of decoder has this problem with other mobile devices.complained to no use as they are not customer friendly as cbn was..maybe their rivals will use this info to market their product then they will open their eyes

star said...

Many HD channels are added on Indian DTH service providers.

ESPN HD, TEN HD, NEO HD, STAR CRICKET HD, STAR MOVIES HD,....many more HD channels are now available in Indian DTH services providers.

When we will get these HD channels?

unlich236 said...

we need hd feeds in sri lanka

Tensport also announced TEN HD as its hd channel..

BUT

DIALOG ...... ???????

Larukh said...

We need TEN Action.....

Uturn said...

sri lanka vs pakistan test series brodcast on TENSPORTS.this is a good news for dtv customers they dont want to pay for ten cricket

Uturn said...

this time dialog will not block sl vs pak series on local channel(csn)becoz Tensports available for all

Rovin said...

WE NEED TEN ACTION + !~

Nishan said...

Hollywood Movie Channel & MTV South East Asia (English Version)is now available on INTELSAT 10, can we have any hopes of these two channels will be avaialable on DTV?????????????????????????

Revox said...

@ Blogger Nishan

No way.............. :-(

Nishan said...

@ Revox

Yes i totally agree with you..NOWAY having hopes new channels...

Nishan said...

@ Revox

Yes i totally agree with you..NOWAY having hopes new channels on DTV...I'm palning to quit DTV...

Nishan said...

Does anyone know the reason for channel 26 UTV is unavailable?

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Uturn said...

Tensports & Ten cricket both broadcast sl vs pak cricket series but dialog tv block live telecast on Ten sports.they shows us previous days matches.but peo tv give the live match on Ten sports.Can anyone Explain why Dialog do these type of things. Admin Please explain us...

Nishan said...

@ Uturn.. i think the reason is on Tencricket during live match DTV insert local advertisements,at the same time when Tensports also telecast the SL PAK series if DTV subscribers watch the match on Tensports there local advertisements on Tencricket will go for a waste, i think this is the reason for the damn DTV stupid management have decided to block LIVE TENSPORTS feed during SL PAK live cricket..
However DTV is not FTA & subscribers are paying to watch it,its PAY TV..DTV have obviously got GREEDY for money,this will have a negative effect on DTV

poor_creature_hurt said...

To HD or not to HD… is the question.

In order for a company to deliver value, they have to have demand. In order for real and sustainable demand to be in place, the customers have to be given real values. It is this truth that so called management of few of the top companies does not understand including Dialog and SLT. These jokers talk about 4G but none of them are interested in HD. However, what’s so cool about HD?

Yes, HD is a next best thing after sliced bread. Sri Lanka has slashed the prices and the TV prices have come down. So people are in the process of replacing their old CRTs with plasmas and LCDs. All of these sets of HD in one form or the other. If you want HD, blu ray is available and this gives you amazing picture quality. However, the contents available are low. On the other hand there are a number of HD channels which broadcast in the South Asian region and they provide real value for money; great picture quality, 5.1 surround sound and almost advert free program lineup. HD makes the best of your DVD looks so bad.

Now we have the need for HD, market for HD and the sources for HD but non of these lethargic companies talk about HD. They think that we Sri Lankans are so inferior in quality requirements and we will settle for any junk they give us. But we are smarter than the so called well learned management of these companies think. We know what we want and we leave the companies who do not give us what we want.

Dish TV in India has capitalized on the situation to the max. While they have a host of junk pseudo HD channels (upscaled from SD), there are few wonderful HD channels which even other Indian services do not offer; History channel (yes the original not the fox junk), Discovery HD, NatGeo HD, NatGeo Wild, NatGeo Adventure, Travel XP, Movies Now and Ten HD are few of those. They are really good and the picture quality is super. And how much does it all cost?, less than the DTV and PEO packages. I am sure the competition will push the others also to provide HD services in the future in India. I don’t know how legal is to get the services in SL (well, we can) but the idea is not to suggest that.

The so called “educated to the max” people who do not watch TV must understand that we regular people loves watching TV and they should work to improve our viewing experience if they ever want to sell their products in the market and they are definitely not doing that. How criminal can you be if you do not maximize on a business opportunity? After all, you deprive minority shareholders of their opportunity to maximization of the wealth.

I would like to ask all the TV lovers like me to rally to lobby for HD. Someone’s got to do it if we are to hail to our land to be a hub in the region. It will give us good picture quality, while giving the companies a revenue opportunity.

…..in my dreams ….. will these donkeys ever do it?....ha ha ha

Mario said...

2 new stations on TEST TRANSM.

KIRULA FM- 93.6
FM FREY- 104.00

Anyone know who owns these ???

SLP said...

@poor_creature_hurt
Well buddy i'm already in dish HD and I know all you meant. Again its Good English. But the real problem is none of the DTV management are aligning to this strategy at this times. At least not any sooner.

As per road map provided from Gov.lk Sri Lanka will migrate to digital in 2017 and terrestrial broadcast will transfer to digital by then.

With the bandwidth i think this might be there at that times. However the most probable HD player may be SLT since they are expanding their network island-wide in fiber optic and hence its possible to them to deliver HD soon.

Yet we have to wait and see or we have to go and watch for suburban.... its upto us...:D

@All
Dialog started test transmission for Colors, which an indian masala channel such like star Plus but have a prime contents too.

Channel is very much over the standard of the rest of the Indian channels and at that point appreciate this welcome.

Yet how much this channel add value to sri lanka....I think not much, there are much cheaper but better contents available to deliver, the best channel I have seen todate is Lotus Macao, which is 24H movie channel with good content and also FTA on asiasat 5 C band (105.5e)
DTV have a look of this....

@DTV
Well as always try to move on mp4 and get more content to the line up, you are just like sleepy logs, sudden bulshit and no action for years...

Mario said...

What channel has been removed to make way for COLOURS ?

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Colors replaces UTV Movies".

Admin