Saturday, September 1, 2012

Dialog TV testing Discovery HD World & the Sirasa Saga

Reports pouring in suggest that Dialog TV is now testing "Discovery HD World". Initially it was reported that the channel was viewable for a short period of time but now the slot appears as scrambled. Discovery HD World is reportedly a high quality channel and its good if Dialog TV can include the channel in it's HD lineup. We got reports of drop in quality of Nat Geo HD once the Discovery HD World testing began. It should be stated that the channel should only be added if only the possibility exists and not at the loss of quality of another HD channel. In addition it shouldn't be time shared with any of the existing channels nor should it replace any existing channel. If there is not enough transponder space, the Dialog should immediately halt any attempts to add this channel. However if it can be added without causing any problems then it will be regarded as an excellent channel choice by Dialog TV. 

Whether this Discovery HD World will be made available FOC to existing HD packages is yet to be seen but charging extra will be a very bad move on Dialog's part.

In addition we see a lot of comments being made regarding "Sirasa TV" on this blog. If Dialog is going to add this channel, then it would be at the cost of an existing channel. Adding a local channel such as Sirasa at the expense of any international channels be it English, Tamil or Hindi would be absurd. Channel replacements shouldn't take place so Dialog should hold off any introduction of this channel until transponder space is increased or the system is converted to MPEG4. In the event transponder space is increased then adding Sirasa TV would be a waste of transponder space. At the moment there are enough of local channels on Dialog TV and it wouldn't be wise to add more local FTA channels on the platform since these channels are freely available to anyone who has a regular antenna. However if Dialog TV wants to add "Sirasa TV" then they should do so only at the expense of an existing local channel on the platform.

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


75 comments:

E2C said...

what about fox movies premium HD ???

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Adding more HD channel good but, will it decrease the other hd channels quality ??? Is possible to add more than 1 HD Channel ??? Add Discovery HD + a HD movie channel. If its imposible to add Sirasa I'll manage with a analog antena.

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Is the Discovery HD world will be Asian feed or Indian feed? Guys check out the Indian schedule http://www.whatsonindia.com/WhatsOnTV/Channel/Infotainment/Discovery-HD-TV-Schedule.aspx

Dul sam said...

no body can tell that no more sport channels in hd feeds. most of the customers need live sports not outdated movies. ten hd is a must if they add another hd channel.

chinthakame said...

We Need Sirasa Sooon....Thanks Dilog TV.. :)

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Don't need another sports channel. ESPN HD is the best.

Musix Videos said...

Not everybody in Sri Lanka can watch Sirasa TV. People in Colombo enjoy Sirasa. But those in rural areas do not get a chance to watch it. So it is good to telecast Sirasa TV on Dialog. Dialog can replace Sirasa to existing Hindi channel. Who wants to watch Hindi megas.

Ihan Dilnath Lelwala said...

Star World is now working on Diamond Package Guyz for free! Wonder what happened to Dialog! It is ok for them to put Sirasa cause they have allowed free access to Star World for Diamond Package Users.

chinthakame said...

Dialog can replace Sirasa to existing Hindi channels. we don't need Hindi Channels......
Please we need "Sirasa TV"Soon...
-Thanks Dialog TV-

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Replace Sirasa to existing Indian channels or Religious Channels. Hate Indian crap. Hope to hear good news from dialog. Glad to hear they are considering customers requests !!!!!

chinthakame said...

@Marlon Ferdinando -I agreed with u...Thanks ur fine Comments..

Vishwa said...

Dialog, It is good if you could add SIRASA.. but don't replace it with an expense of good int ch like aus network... there r no of crap chs like colours, ZEE, citihits, Ridee TV etc
Definitly we want Sirasa but pls be mindful how you gonna do that

Dul sam said...

@Marlon Ya I agree Espn hd is the best. but espn can't give all the important sports event. If dialog add another channel to hd pack they must go with Ten HD. Discovery and NGC both have same kind of programs.

the 5th hd channel should be TEN HD

Saman said...

We want Sirasa TV very soonly

Marlon Ferdinando said...

@ Dul sam First Dialog TV gave Ten HD & Nobody liked it. Everybody request ESPN HD instead of TEN HD. ESPN HD got the best sport events. TEN HD is only need for Cricket. Dialog Timeshare TEN HD with AXN HD now so no need TEN HD as a seperate channel.

patson said...

Dialog TV transponders full & no space for SirasaTV channels, Sirasa can’t get DTH license also.some Dialog customers like ITN & hate Sirasa….
Srilanka need one more DTH operator to look after unsatisfied customers.

@Musix Videos
It’s true bad TV Reception;-
Everybody likes to watch their TV Channels clearly on TV, unfortunately even with booster antennas, TV reception on UHF band /channels are very bad in many areas. Transponders are costly but It’s better to put channels on satellite than putting so many towers or pulling cable TV wires everywhere. With analog TV at least people can get noisy pictures after going to DVBT it will be no signal for them.
Finally all on board DTH.

Roshan De Mel said...

We want NATGEO WILD channel

Amal said...

Kawadda Apita Sirasa Dennee...Ikmanata Sirasa Denna.......

Dul sam said...

@ Marlon no one hate ten hd in that moment the choice was ESPN over tensport because only 1 hd channel reserve for sport.
Ten sport too have lot of live sport other than cricket.(LIKE UEFA champions legue ) it is the most priestigeous football tournament in the world even more than world cup.

chinthakame said...

Dialog, It is good if you could add "SIRASA"
We don't need Zee,CitiHitz,Ktv channels...
please add sirasa sooon..

Marlon Ferdinando said...

@chinthakame they will never remove any local channels bro. they should remove full Indian channels. Most of the Indian channels don't have English subs so no point of having them. comment if u guys agree........

chinthakame said...

@Marlon Ferdinando-ok bro..
remove Hindi Channels & include MBC Channels...

Amal said...

Tawama Sirasa TV Denna Beri una ne me Dialog TV ekata...International Channel Denna kalin Local channel tikaawth denna be ne munta,,,,mamath tawa tika dawasak balala Peo Tv walata yanawa......

SLP said...

OK,
IT SEEMS SO MUCH NEW FACES WITH THIS SIRASA SAGA. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN BEFORE SIRASA PEAK REQUEST.

I STRONGLY REQUEST FROM THESE BOGUS USERS KEEP TRYING, YET DO NOT MAKE A MARKETING CAMPAIGN IN ORDER TO GET IT ON BOARD.

WHAT WE SAYS IS, 'YES WE NEED IT'. AND WHAT WE EMPHASIS IS 'NOT IN THE EXPENSE OF INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS OR REDUCING BANDWIDTH ALLOCATED TO ANY INDIVIDUAL CHANNEL'.

UPGRADE TO MP4, OR ALLOCATE MORE TP SPACE, OR LOOSE AN UNCOMMON CHANNEL LIKE RIDEE, CITY, HINDI CRAP...

AND FOR GENUINE BLOGGERS, LET THEIR VOICE BE SPOKEN AND HEARD, NOT THE MARKETING TEAM OF MBC.

CHEERS EVERYBODY...

chinthakame said...

'YES WE NEED SIRASA'

Vishwa said...

YES WE NEED SIRASA..
(IF TRANSPONDER CAPACITY BLOCKS ADDING SIRASA THEN PLEASE REMOVE ONE OF CRAPY CH's LIKE ZEE,CITIHITS, COLOURS AND ADD SIRASA)

Sanjeewa Gunathilake said...

Still nothing happen. Like to hear latest info from diologTV

Mario said...

What about SHAKTHI TV and Channel 1 MTV, is not fair only to add SIRASA. They need to add all 3. Dialog has lots of TAMIL customers as well. I think more people will want SHAKTHI & CHANNEL 1 as well. But then again NOT at the expense of any international channel.

lakmal08 said...

@mario
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Uturn said...

Sirasa superstar new season will start soon so dialog please hurry up.we need sirasa sri lanka's best entertaiment channel.

Mario said...

@ lakmal08

Your comments are noted. But i dont understand what u mean by "technical issue" between DTV linking SIRASA. They cant be different to any other channel in Sri Lanka.


But in my opinion DTV should air all the local channels on their platform, incl: ETV, MAX, ART TV and Maharaja Channels. ( BUT Again NOT at the expense of INTERNATIONAL channels ). Whether to watch them or not is up to the people. We should have the right to choose what we want to watch, local or international.

Also does anyone know which local channels use a microwave link to DTV ?

lakmal08 said...

http://www.gossip9.com/2012/08/blog-post_28.html#more

MERINO ROSHA said...

YES WE NEED SIRASA..

Nokia said...

The HD Demo Channel is now scrambled.

We are prefered to have Sirasa TV on dialog platform as we can permanatly remove the reguler Antena ones Dialog start Sirasa on DTV. But dont know when.... If I get any info I'll first share it with you all.

sonik said...

LOL!

@SLP: Agreed mate. Seems like Sirasa have sent their cronies to this blog in the hope of influencing Dialog! Hahaha.

This just goes to show what a pathetic network Sirasa is. This is a network that literally gives people money for listening to their radio channel. They call these "promotions",...... but others call it "begging for listeners". The TV channel seems to be going down the same drain.

MBC/MTV was one of the networks that was not in favour of cable tv networks due to the fact that their viewership would invariably decrease. They denounced cable/pay tv and went so far as to tell people that that their channels will only be available to those who use an antenna. Now they are paying for their arrogance and stupidity. Why should the DTV customers be penalized for that? If Sirasa is so adamant to improve their coverage they should probably start by fixing some new transmitters.

I have nothing against Dialog adding Sirasa, but if it is to be added it should be done with the removal of a local channel. NOT with the removal of any international channels. Having said that, I am FIRMLY AGAINST channel removal/substitution whether local or international WITHOUT prior WARNING and proper, adequate customer FEEDBACK. The best option for Dialog is to increase its capacity.

The fact that Dialog have promised to accommodate Sirasa, knowing very well that they do not have the transponder capacity to do so gives us a good idea of the "geniuses" (ref: sarcasm) that run the show there.

Vishwa said...
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Vishwa said...

Dear Friend SONIK.. I partly agree on your comment.. However pls note that we are not cronies to anybody. The fact is, that there are lot of fans for SIRASA.. yes SIRASA took some ugly decision in eraly days not to get into any DTH and lost some audience. Everybody do mistakes so why not SIRASA. Remember SIRASA had taken many initiatives and others are just copy paste
when Sirasa started mega teles everybody followed
When Sirasa say NEWS FIRST
Swarnavahini says NEWS walin First, Derana says Truth First
when Sirasa Super Star came everybody followed (Singing Star, Dream star, Ranaviru.. all these stars came once Super Star came into SL TV)
See how many are coping SIRASA Kedella, Subasiri, Autovision
May be Sirasa is bringing local versions of popular Inter programs. However they do it with an identity. So you just cannot say Sirasa is a crap. then what about
They are Rupavahini, ITN, Swarnavahini, Derana ; they are official washing machines of mahinda Chintana.....

Dear DTV, Pls add Sirasa immediately, you may remove any (absolute) crap CHs like CSN, ZEE, Colours, Citihits)
If somebody suggest that DTV need a customer feedback on what ch to be removed.. please go through from the top. Peoples verdict is given...

Mario said...

DTV CC just confirmed to me that AUS Network will be removed at a future date BUT did not say that SIRASA will be taking its place.

I guess most probably it will be SIRASA by what everyone is talking about.





sonik said...

@Vishwa: Thanks for your comment. Well, you are entitled to your opinion. If you want to watch any channel that is your right, regardless of how pathetic I think that channel may be.

I am actually not interested in the way Sirasa conducts its affairs. I couldn't care less even if they went bankrupt tomorrow.

I am, however, interested in DTV and its channel line-up because I am paying for it. Like I said earlier, I have nothing against DTV adding Sirasa. Infact, they can add all the 20 local channels if they have the capacity, but they don't. I don't think that DTV should add anymore channels without adding capacity or doing the MPEG 4 conversion.

Also, I never said Rupavahini, Derana etc. are good.

I disagree with your comment that the "peoples verdict" is "given". What peoples verdict? There are almost 200,000 subscribers for DTV. Not every one of them reads this blog. Therefore, this blog, although very popular, is by itself not adequate for DTV to decide which channels are to be replaced.

Sirasa is a free to air channel. If its not available on DTV people always have the option of getting a terrestrial antenna and watching it, even if its not 100% clear. But most of the international channels can only be viewed through a pay tv network. Therefore priority should be given to those, IMHO.

Mario said...

@ SONIK

Like i said too, DTV should all all the local channels but not at the expense international ones.
They are all FTA.

We pay good money for International channels so we dont want any one taken off for the sake of any LOCAL one, regardless of it they are crap or not. Basically SIRASA have developed a LOVE-HATE relationship between the people of this country. ie: there are people who love it to death and those who hate their guts, which is not as much among any other channel.


Rix said...

Dear DTV,
I am a DTV customer since they started the service. I think majority of dtv customers would like to have sirasa, coz sirasa is not crappiest as most other (NATIONAL) channels. And other thing is, most rural area people can't watch sirasa.
On the other hand, there are quite a few crappy hindi channels, I think nobody wants to watch those.
If there is no enough space, why don't you remove some of those hindi bullshits and add sirasa, MTV and some other local channels?

Nokia said...

Nice to see an active Blog after a long time....

And so many Strangers or New Followers also there..... :) :)

chinthakame said...

Hii DTV,

Im also DTV customer since 2006(CBN SAT),I know most customers would like to have MBC Channels,and most rural area peoples can't watch it & can't manage it on anlog antena,
If Transponder Capacity Blocks Adding SIRASA,Then Please Remove One of Crapy Channel's Like COLORS,ZEE,KTV,and Include Sirasa.

Thanks You...

Mario said...

WE REPORT . DTV DECIDE !!!

Amal said...

මම Dialog Customer care කෝල් කලාම උන් මොකුත් දන්නෙ නෑලු..අනේ මුන්ගෙ මගුල දමලා ගහලා..SLT Peo වලට මමත් යනවා...මේ දවස් වල අපේ පෑත්ත SLT එක ZTE-MSAN එකක් දාලා, ඉතින් ඕන කෙනෙක්ට SLT Peo ඩෙනව..මමත් මේ සතිය බලලා Dialog සිරස දුන්නෙ නෑතොත් මම යනවා Pro Tv වලට....
උබලා බලාගෙන හිටියට කවදවත් ඔය යක්කු ඔකට MBC චනල් දාන්නේ නෑ...

lakmal08 said...

මෙයත් සිරස කොපි කරන්න පටන් අරන්නෙ ;)

sonik said...

@Nokia: Yes, nice to see an active blog!

Only thing is, given the similarity of their comments, I'm wondering if our "new bloggers" all have the same ip address. haha. Possibly one from Pannipitiya.

Rix said...

Rather than making thousand comments, its better to have an update.
@admin, whats going on? Do you hv any links with dtv?

Amal said...

ප්‍රශ්ණයක් නෑත්නම අපි අපේ Dialog Tv Acc No එක නම් ගම් එක්ක දන්නම්..අවුල වෙන්නේ කවුරු හරි Channel ADD කලාත් තමා..
ඇන්තිමට ඒවට සල්ලිත් අපෙන්මයි යන්නේ...

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Most of DTV customers wants Sirasa & More HD channels. Admin please let us know what is the response from dialog TV ASAP...

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Calling DTV calling center wont get you any latest information. This blog is the only site have latest info on DTV.

Uturn said...

@sonik ur not only one who pay for dtv.we also pay 3000++ every month. please respect others opinion.dont'be like itn vimasuma.btw iam from galle.

sonik said...

@uturn: I have been on this blog long before you. I don't disrespect any opinion, as I have stated above.

Amal said...

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http://i50.tinypic.com/ae3c4i.png

මම ගන්නකොට 21000 උනා...
අත්තටම අපි එදා ඉදලානේ Dialog එකෙන් ඉල්ලන්න MBC Channels දන්න කියලා...මුන්ට තාමත් බෙරිනම් ඔය Hindi මගුල් Remove කරලා MBC Channels දාන්න...මොකටද තවත් බලන් ඉන්නේ.......මුන්ගේ වල් කතා අහනවඩා,
මම නම් Peo tv ගන්නවා..

Priyantha said...

All...
good to see most people are in this blog..
But
I think dialog no need to waist their valuable space to local Hindi copy sirasa channel.

Dialog going to be add Star Cricket HD channel for T20 World cup. This is good move. and they try to convert their feet to MPEG4 ..and also still MBC doesn't have satellite rights. they can only provide their service analog and cable.

And Dialog have to add more HD channels and if their add sirasa before MPEG4 Convert must. at the moment best thing is Star cricket HD is very good.

Marlon Ferdinando said...

Don't add Star Cricket HD full time. Cannot watch cricket 24/7. As planned add DISCOVERY WORLD HD + SIRARA ASAP. Timeshare with Axn hd for cricket. Please share your thoughts..

Dul sam said...

both ngc and discovery in the hd pack is a some kind of a joke. dialog must prioritize star cricket or ten sport hd. live sport is the prior reason for dialog customer to pay a fortune

Vishwa said...

Hi Sonic, tks for your comment. When I say People's verdict.. it is all about those who are blogging here.. we are here to get DTV in to the right track.. I think everybody agree that we represent whole DTV population and what ever say, we do.. it is betterment of whole DTV family.
Yes, if you r in doubt on our IP add pls check. Like Amal said, we can put our acc no (but if somebody misuse it we are in trouble). I'm from Colombo and you can check my IP) I have been visiting this blog since beginning (2007) (but i hv put hardly few comments.)
Dear DTV, pls add Sirasa because we want Sirasa..
tks

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lakmal08 said...

sonik

comment කරන අයගේ IP 1 හොයන ක%මය මාත් දැනගන්න කැමතියි මා එතරම් පරිඝනක දැනුමක් ඇති අයෙක= නොවෙමි මා මෙන්ම මෙම comment කරන අප සියළුදෙනාගේ දැනුම හුවමාරැකොටගෙන දැනුම වැඩි කර ගැනීමට එය මහත් උපකාරයක් වනු ඇත

Mario said...

News 1st Alerts are now available on Dialog Mobile which were previously only limited to Etisalat & Airtel.

Could this be related in any way ???
:)

sonik said...
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sonik said...

@lakmal08

Any website logs the ip address of the visitor, and is available only to the administrator, not to third parties. But I'm not sure about blogspot, because this site is hosted by blogpost.com, not by an independent server. Our admin, of course, maintains it and writes the articles. But I don't know if the admin has access to ip addresses of users or not.

In any case, we (third parties) cannot get the complete ip information of other users. That is illegal.

sonik said...

at least it should be illegal...

chinthakame said...

Dialog Sucks!!!!!!!!

Peo tv is best...

nilu said...

I don't care if dialog add sirasa to the lineup but they cannot replace international channel for sirasa. why dont they add it to testing channel.

Also i called Dialog CC to get a HDMI Enable decoder but they mention that i have to buy HD pack to have a HDMI Enable decoder. really a bullsit..

Mario said...

@ NILU

No one is gonna give u a HD decoder if you dont activate HD channels. If u really want the new decoder, activate the HD pack for 1 month and then disconnect it.

Lankan Blogger said...

@ Nilu
Why would you want a HDMI connection if you aren't using HD? If your picture quality is poor, ask them for a one of the new Korean decoders, which don't have HDMI but have better decoding than the 2008 Technosat model.

No DTH service is going to give you an HD-enabled box without you subscribing to HD channels. Don't blame Dialog for that.

E2C said...

so wheres the discovery HD ??

nilu said...

@Mario

can i deactivate HD pack after one month ?. are going to remove the HDMI Decoder after that ?.

@Lankan Blogger
yes my SD picture quality is poor that why needed a HDMI decoder. thanks for the info.

Mario said...

@ NILU Yes i got the new decoder and de-activated the HD package until i buy a HD TV, becuz at that time they were giving the HD decoder free.

As lankan blogger said, u can make a complain and they will replace with a better decoder.

nilu said...

@mario
not clear what u said. if i deactivate HD pack are they going to remove the decoder as well or decoder will remain with me. i have a FULL HD LED TV.

patson said...

New cable & satellite service TV provider waiting for TRCSRL approval. Company name Ask Cable Vision PVT ltd located at BMICH is a collaboration with DANTV. They are focusing its content on the Tamil community in north & Colombo in Srilanka.
DanTamil Oli is famous among Srilankan Tamil speaking expats living abroad.once the service is started Dan Tamil Oli can reach all households for live programs in the Island. It’s TVLanka provided uplink facilities to DAN TV.
Good news for Sirasa TV also, if they can’t get space on DialogTV soon they can go with DANTV. Earlier DAN[Dish Asia network] broadcasted “Ceylon TV”,the first Sinhalese satellite TV channel to Europe & Middle east on Hotbird Satellite from Paris.

Dialog TV ,SLT PEOTV are Malaysian companies & now DAN south Indian company to do Cable & sat business in Srilanka the wonder of Asia.

Mario said...

@ NILU

No they wont take away ur decoder.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "No sign of Discovery HD World & Sirasa begging".

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