Thursday, September 6, 2012

No sign of Discovery HD World & Sirasa begging

Following initial reports of Dialog TV carrying out testing Discovery HD and the subsequent loss of quality on certain other HD channels, it looks like the testing has ceased and Dialog may have dropped the plans to add this new channel. If there is no capacity then Dialog shouldn't add the channel. It's very good that infotainment channels (aka educational channels) have been given an important place on Dialog TV. Channels like those from the Discovery Network and Nat Geo channels carry very value due to the information that is available to anyone who watches them. Something which was never available from any FTA channel in Sri Lanka then and not available now, maybe available in the form of a few programmes but never on the scale of the programmes available on the channels owned and operated by Discovery & Nat Geo.

So it will be a very good move by Dialog TV to add Discovery Channel HD as soon as channel capacity is available. The argument that Nat Geo HD and Discovery Channel HD are of the "same kind" doesn't matter since anyone who watches the infotainment channels always "learn" something new plus they are a better alternative for school children to watch.

This begs the question of "Sirasa", correction actually it's "Sirasa thats begging" to be on Dialog TV. After proclaiming to the whole world that they don't need to be on pay television and that pay television is going to fail in Sri Lanka. Sirasa has been begging to get aboard pay television networks in Sri Lanka & after successfully begging themselves onto PEO TV, now the Capital Maharaja's are begging to be on Dialog TV. Sirasa TV seems to be getting people to comment on this blog and ask for Sirasa, most of the accounts that ask for Sirasa, we repeat - "most & NOT ALL" appear to have been created around July/Aug 2012. We noticed this previously too when a barrage of comments appeared on this blog asking for Sirasa TV sometime back.

If Dialog wants they can add Sirasa, they can firstly require them to pay a handsome sum of money, we are pretty sure that Dialog have figured that out and add the channel at the expense of a local channel FTA channel or wait until transponder capacity if increased. No International channel should be touched be it English Channels, Hindi Channels, Religious Channels or Tamil Channels because people bought Dialog TV because they got sick of the local FTA stuff. Yes there are people who bought & watch Dialog TV because of the English channels, some for the Hindi channels, some for the Religious Channels, some for the Tamil Channels. We repeat once again that if Sirasa is required then remove any of the local FTA channels if not wait for transponder space to be increased.

Consideration Dialog TV's tactics in the recent past, it won't be surprising if Dialog TV adds Sirasa as a "bonus channel" to the HD pack in order to lure subscribers to move to the HD pack. Yes a move such as that would be foolish but it's Dialog TV we are talking about here. Anyway such a move would be wiser than removing an International channel in favor of a local channel such as Sirasa.

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

23 comments:

OkenSilva said...

i dont think that most of these "new" users are people working for sirasa tv...i dont see why there is so much negativity for sirasa tv...yes they have done some pretty stupid stuff...but still they are the only channels that provide something good. And why is Citi HItz still available it should be removed,it is only showing repeats of old programming. I agree that international channels should not be replaced....

Nokia said...

Moving to MPEG 4 is the best option. DTV has already taken steps to do so. But might take little time to change the exsisting MPEG 2 decorders. And new or replacement of a decorder will happen with MPEG4 not 2.

chinthakame said...

Dialog කාරයෝ දැන් කරන්න හදන්නේ HD Pack එක විකුණගන්න "SIRASA TV" Bonus දෙනවා කියලා...නොදකින් Dialog Axiata...උඹලා හම්බු කරගත්තා මදිද?....
මම හිතන විදියට Dialog TV GM Mr.Nushad හිටියානම් ඔහොම වෙන එකක් නෑ....
මම හිටන්නේ එතුමා මේ ගැන දන්නේ නෑ වගේ....

lakmal08 said...

බොහෝදෙනක= සිරස රෑපවාහිනී චැනලය ඩයලොග් ටීවි එස්සේ ලබාදෙන ලෙස ඉල්ලීම් කලද ඔවුන් HD නාලිකා නැරඹීමට අවශ්‍ය අයම නොවේයැයි මම විශ්වාස කරමි ඔවුන් සිරස නාලිකාව නැරඹීම සදහා අවශ්‍යතාව මත HD පැකේජ මත මාරැ වුවත් ඔවුන් වැඩි කාලයක් ඒමත රැදී සිටීයැයි විශ්වාස කල නොහැක සිරස රෑපවාහිනී නාලිකාවේ අපහැදිලි රෑප තත්වය නිසා හෝ සිරස නාලිකාව නොපෙනෙන ප%දේශවල අය ඩයලොග් ආයතනයෙන් කරන ඉල්ලීම් පිලිබද අධිතක්සේරැවකින් කටයුත= කිරීම නොකල යුත=ය

සිරස නාලිකාව ඩයලොග් සැටලයිට් මාර්ගයෙන් ලබාදීමෙන් සිරස ලෝලීන් වැඩිවැඩියෙන් ඩයලොග් සැටලයිට් සේවා ලබාගැරනීමට උනන්දුවන බව මා විශ්වාස කරමි

එහෙත් ඔවුන් HD පැකේජ වලට යොමු කරවීමෙන් තාවකාලික ලාබ ප%ායා්ජන මිස දීර්ඝ කාලීන පාරිභෝගිකයෙක= ආකර්ශනයට හේත=වක් වන්නේ නැත

Rix said...

If there is another satallite tv provider we know what to do. But unfortunately theres no yet. Thats why they powerfull than us (customers). Dialog is the most crappiest company, but we hv no other option. Wait n see

lakmal08 said...

මා හටද කීමට ඇත්තේ එයයි එසේ වෙනත් සේවා සැපයුම් කරැවෙක= සිටියානම් මීට වඩා හොද සේවාවක් ලබාදීමට සිදුවනු ඇත එහෙත් දැන් සිටම පාරිභෝගිකයින්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාව අනුව සේවා සපයන්නේනම් එදාට ඔවුන් ඩයලොග්ටීවි හැර නොයාවි

chinthakame said...

මාද 2006(CNB Sat) සිට Dialog TV පාරිභොගිකයෙකි..එහෙත් පවතින වාතවරණය අනුව,මා ද Peo Tv වලට යාමට තීරනය කලෙමි....
2006 සිට අප ඉල්ලිම් කල MBC නාලිකා ලබාදිමට අපොහොසත් වන ඔවුන් ගෙන තවත් ඉහල සේවයක් අප කෙසේ බලාපොරොත්තු වෙමුද?
මා කිසියම් ආයතනයක් වෙනුවෙන් කඩේ යන කෙනෙකු නොවන බව කිව යුතුය..ඔබලාට අවශයය ඕනෑම විටක මාගේ තොරතුරු දීමට මම කටයුතු කරමි....මගේ ජාතික හැදුනුම්පත් අංකය යටතේ Dialog Blaster connections 2ක් ද,Broadband Connection 1ක් ද,Dialog TV Connection 1ක් ද,පවති..
මාගේ අදහස් පිලිඹද මෙහි Admin හෝ වෙනයම් පාර්ශවයක් අපහසුතාවට පත්වන්නේ නම්,කනගාටුව ප්‍රකාශ කරමි..
තීරණය ඔබ සතුය..?

SankaSoft Audio Video Productions said...

අපි ඩයලොග් TV ලබා ගෙන ඇත්තේ එහි ඇති විශේෂ හොද ගතිගුණක් නිසා නොව වෙන ගන්න චන්ද්‍රිකා රෑපවාහිනියක් නැති නිසාය. ලංකාවේ චැනල ලබා දෙන තවත් චන්ද්‍රිකා රෑපවාහිනියක් ආවොත් කොහොමත් අපි ඒකට මාරු වෙනවා. 2013 දෙසැම්බර් විතර වෙන කොට එයාර්ටෙල් වල ඩිජිටල් රෑපවාහිනි‍ සේවාවක් එන බව ආරංචියක් තියෙනවා. එක කොහොමත් මීට වඩා මිල අඩුවෙයි. ටී වී ලංකා එකේ ඩිජිටල් රෑපවාහිනි‍ සේවාව තවම හොද මට්ටමක නැති නිසා අපිට ඩයලොග් TV වල‍ට නොවටිනා මුදලක් දීලා බලන්න වෙලා..
ඩයලොග් TV වලට ‍හොද තරගයක් දෙන්න පුලුවන් ඩිජිටල් රෑපවාහිනි‍ සේවාවක් ලංකාවට ඉක්මනින්ම ආවොත් හොදයි..

Sulantha said...

Do you think that Dialog should share AXN HD with STAR CRICKET HD during T20 matches..?

sonik said...

Some folks here have been complaining that they have been requesting Sirasa since DTV was launched, but I think its quite unfair to blame DTV for not airing Sirasa.

http://tvradiosrilanka.blogspot.com/2007/05/mtvmbc-issues-notice-to-public.html

The link above points to an article when Sirasa asked cable tv networks to pull out their channel from their line ups.

Even if Dialog wanted to, they had no authority what-so-ever to air Sirasa since mid-2007 until about a month ago.

So how can anyone blame DTV for not airing Sirasa???

Now suddenly Sirasa has woken up and their asking Dialog to carry their channel, at a time when we subscribers know very well that Dialog is hard pressed for bandwidth (Due to their own short sightedness, but that's a topic for another post...).

If Dialog had plenty of bandwidth and were still not adding Sirasa, then these complaints would be more than fair. But the situation right now is very different...

Vishwa said...
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Vishwa said...

Dear All;
Let me clear my view on this, I admit what blog admin says, the simple reason for requesting Sirasa was for the sake of getting it to DTV platform as when you compare the crapy chs we are watching on DTV, it is better something better than than those. (I don't need to repeat them again)We made a humble request to DTV and din't want to force DTV on this. What ever said and done the final decision is with DTV only. I strongly back majority view on DTV shouldn't add Sirasa at the expense of inter ch's.

@Nokia; why DTV is keeping CH76 on blank mode.. it was told that RANGIRI TV would be adding there.. any news..

Nokia said...

Discovery HD World is going to be on HD from Next Sunday it seems...

As per the info I got this will be added to the exsisting HD subscribers at NO additionl cost !!!

As I told you I saw Discovery HD on Demo slot one day :)

@ Vishwa - I have no Idea what they are doing with that Test Channel. Atlest they should add Sirasa first on that slot and add Channel 1, Shakthi later when they have space....

Dul sam said...

ngc and discovery both in 5 channels hd pack is a joke. how fool these dialog tv guy s are.
fix that issue in ESPN hd before doing anything.

Dialog HD fan said...

Ya...Dialog facebook fan page says "Dialog TV is proud to bring you the 5th addition to its HD Pack, at no additional cost to you! Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, fascinating people and incredible stories from around the world in High Definition! From the 9th of September 2012 [Channel 84]"

sonik said...

Its funny how this blog always breaks the news before Dialog...

Marlon Ferdinando said...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151196197561203&set=a.10150695153861203.453818.55826981202&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

DTV adding Discovery HD World from 9th September 2012.

Dul sam said...

then dialog must replace ngc with either ten sport or star world.

patson said...

Wake up sirasa! Before going on satellite you must put SirasaTV on your website like other TV channels.shame?Hiru goes thru all routes.

Vishkid said...

As one of the original members of this blog (just as the blog started in CBN days) .. I must say that I find the comments of most of the newcomers pretty amusing!

MBC has deprived themselves of ANY right to force their channel upon DTV subscribers based on their high handed stance in 2007 and later. IF at all Dialog decides to add MBC channels, that would be a graceful act on their part and I will not blame them if they try to make a commercial deal out of it (tie Sirasa to HD pack - bonus) because MBC has lost the right to bargain for anything better.

And knowing the Dialog-Axiata BA team very well, I can assure you that the most of highest revenue generating customers of DTV (those who subscribe to mid-to-high packages + HD subscribers) don't give a hoot about MBC. In fact, this customer group does not watch the local channels in their packages and are purely there for a few specific international channels.

So, I'm not sure that any amount of fake account creating and begging would get you anywhere ... but it would be nice overall if sanity prevails and MBC channels are added to normal local line up when TP space becomes available.

Also, we should hail the DiscoHD addition. More the merrier - IF TP space allows & the quality is not compromised!

TC said...

At this point I think Dialog should focus more on upgrading their service from MPEG 2 to MPEG 4 rather than trying to add new channels.

Whats up with Channel #15? MTV? Doesnt seem to be working today.

Ramishka said...

Good move adding Discovery HD world. It appears to be the Indian feed according to this http://www.lyngsat.com/packages/dialog.html
Commercial free i guess.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Dialog to launch Discovery HD World on September 9th".

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