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.