It's highly likely that the new transponder will contain several HD channels, according to unconfirmed reports that we are receiving. It seems that four channels are testing on HD and one of the channels is said to be HBO HD. If this is correct this will make Dialog TV the first pay television platform in Sri Lanka to carry HD channels.
Dialog uses MPEG2 as the broadcasting standard at the moment and with MPEG2 Dialog will only be able to squeeze very few HD channels onto the 4th transponder therefore its highly likely that Dialog TV will operate the 4th transponder on MPEG4 to increase the number of channels that they can squeeze onto the transponder. However instead of maintaining MPEG2 and MPEG4 on the platform Dialog should move all channels to MPEG4 which will enable them to increase the number of channels on the platform at a lower cost per channel on a transponder which will benefit Dialog on the long run and also benefit the subscriber.
Several subscribers who scanned their decoders are unable to get the 4th transponder. We hope one of our fellow bloggers would kindly post instructions on how to the add the transponder. We assume that since Dialog have several decoder models distributed amongst their subscribers, the process may vary from decoder to decoder.
It's very heartening to note that Dialog TV is finally taking steps in the right direction to improve their services and we hope that Dialog TV would follow in the steps of Dialog GSM and become the regional trend setter in the DTH business for the subcontinent.
Please keep us updated on the latest regarding Dialog TV as the days progress.