Dialog have suspended their plans to replace the Australia Network channel with a "New local channel" at the moment. The suspension comes in the midst of criticism and protests raised by subscribers over the news reported by us a couple of days ago.
We are not sure of what channel would have appeared instead of "Australia Network" but rumors flying around suggest that it would have been "Sirasa TV". Yes, one of the Maharaja channels that poked fun at cable networks saying that they have no chance in Sri Lanka & according to unconfirmed reports also tried to apply for a license to launch DTH services since others were operating pay television networks successfully & failed miserably in their bid to secure a license. Not to mention the same network that carried advertisements in the local newspapers informing pay television networks not to carry any of their channels are now desperate to come aboard existing pay television companies in Sri Lanka. Sirasa is not a suitable channel replacement for "Australia Network" in fact, adding Sirasa to Dialog TV is a waste of transponder space. Sirasa can be added at the expense of any of the other local channels. Dialog should take note not to fill their channel lineup with local channels and waste transponder space.
It's a good decision by Dialog TV by suspending the replacement of "Australia Network" & we thank them for it. Sadly Dialog TV have the habit of following up every good decision with a bad one. So we can only wait and see what Dialog TV will do next.
To be clear, Dialog should convert to MPEG4 since transponder space problems has reached critical levels now. Dialog considering to remove an English language channel for a local one means that they are desperate to add new channels and are willing to do it at the expense of any channel on their platform.
Dialog TV should categorically halt all planned channel replacements & potential time sharing plans. There is a free slot on Dialog TV named "Dialog Test Channel" which could be allocated for one more channel. If a new channel cannot be added to it, then instead of wasting transponder space Dialog should allocate it to one of the time shared channels on their platform and eliminate time sharing once and for all.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.