Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 - The Year in review

Well we are now approaching the final few days of 2012, we would like to take a look back at the year that was on Dialog TV. Firstly before we start we wish to state that we are unable to confirm the arrival of Sirasa TV, Shakthi TV & MTV Sports on the Dialog TV platform. We reiterate that any moves to introduce the channels that categorically ridiculed the pay television concept on national newspapers and is now begging to be added to every pay service in the island should not be carried out at the expense of international channels be it English, Tamil or Hindi. If Dialog wants to add the Maharaja's then it should be done only at the expense of existing local channels, however we don't advocate channel replacements so the Maharaja's should be kept waiting until transponder space is increased. After all they are the ones who first pulled their channels out of pay television networks.

Now lets back to the focal point of this post and thats Dialog TV's 2012. Well it has been a mixed bag, but there has been a positive aspect to Dialog TV this year compared to the last few years. Dialog managed to introduced HD, though exorbitantly priced and now within the purse of the average Sri Lanka the point is that they still managed to launch HD. Hopefully 2013 will see some price reductions in HD connection rentals. 

The launch of Pay Per Day television is quite exciting and we are not sure how it's faring at the moment, we are quite sure that 2013 will be a good year for Pay Per Day television. The major stumbling block is the initial cost of the equipment with a decent warranty which is almost twice the investment for a post paid connection. If Dialog is able to drop the cost of the initial investment then Pay Per Day will definitely take off, plus this concept is not promoted enough. Understandably Dialog is having difficulty convincing local television stations to carry advertisements of Dialog TV which is viewed as a competitor by local media. Sadly Dialog is only a service provider and the channels available on Dialog TV should be open to DTV advertisements.

A few channels have been introduced mainly in the HD front whilst some have been replaced on the SD and HD lineup's. The most controversial replacement would have been the dropping of Australia Network in favour of a local channel, many say Sirasa TV was the channel which would have been introduced but we will never know since Dialog reversed the decision after complains from subscribers and the entire scenario being highlighted in this blog. Dialog made a very good decision retaining Australia Network.

The reintroduction of Zee Studio & Zee Cafe at the beginning of this year is quite notable after it being abruptly taken off the lineup just about an year earlier.

2012 has been good for Dialog TV with many new services being introduced after the sleeping giant was awakened after a few years in hibernation. Dialog however still has a long way to go, the channel sharing has to be stopped and separate slots have to be allocated to the channels that are sharing one slot at the moment. This will only be possible with either the conversion of MPEG2 to MPEG4 or purchasing more transponder space.

We hope we covered 2012 in a nutshell, our apologies to all concerned if we have missed anything. Oh and not to mention that we have noted that the Maharaja's have paid some people to comment on this blog asking for Sirasa. Not all the requests are from the Maharaja stooges, many are genuine requests but there have been quite a bit from the Maharaja paid stooges too.

Please continue updating us on the latest on Dialog TV.


don said...

Wish you all a happy new year 2013.I hope DTV will give us a better service by putting the MTV channels to the channel line up as early as possible and providing more HD channels adding more value to our hard earned money during next year

chinthakame said...

@rupavahini-need your comments macho!!!!

SankaSoft Audio Video Productions said...

2012 වසරේ ඩයලොග් ටී.වී සිදු කල වටිනාම දේ වන්නේ පෙර ගෙවුම් පැකේජ හදන්වා දීමයි. HD පැකේජ හදුන්වා දීම වැදගත් දෙයක් වුවත් එය සදහා ඉතා අසාධාරණ ගාස්තුවක් අය කරන බැවින් එහි වටිනා කම හීන වී ගොස් ඇත. මන්ද සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාවට HD පැකේජ ලබා ගැනීමට නොහැකි ලෙස එම ගාස්තු ඉතා ඉහලය. වසරකටත් අධික කාලයක් Dialog Test Channel යනුවෙන් එක් නාලිකාවක් නාස්ති කිරීම ඩයලොග් ටී.වී. ආයතනයේ දුර්වලතාවයක් ලෙස පෙනේ. තවත් පෙනෙන ප්‍රධාන දුර්වලතාවක් වන්නේ චැනල මාරු කිරීමේදී පාරිභෝගිකයා‍ ගැන නොසිතා ඔවුන්ගේ ලාභය ගැන පමණක් ගැන සිතා කටයුතු කිරීමය. මෙහි ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස මුලින් ලබා දුන් හින්දි චිත්‍රපටි පැය 24 පුරා යන වැනලය අත්හිටුවීමය.
තම ලාභය ගැන පමණක් සිතන ඩයලොග් ටී. වී ආයතනය සමගින් තවමත් ජනතාව එක් වී සිටින්නේ මාරුවීමට වෙනත් තරගකාරී ආයතනයක් ලංකාව තුල නොමැතිවීමයි. ටී.වී. ලංකා ආයතනයේ සේවාවද තව මාස 06 කින් වත් ලංකාව පුරා සක්‍රීය වන බවක් පෙනෙන්නට නැත.
2013 වසරේදී වත් පාරිහෝගික ජනතාවගේ ඉල්ලීම් පිළිබද සලකා බලා හිස් Test Channel වලින් තොර ගෙවන මුදල‍ට සාධාරණ සේවාවක් ලබා දෙන්නේ නමි මැනවි.

thushjay said...

Good, Please do a review on Peo TV too

chinthakame said...

@rupavahini - any good news tiyeda mcn, sirasa channnels gena.

Vishwa said...

I Wish all the best for Admin and fellow bloggers who have been with us last twelve months and beyond....
Admin has noted all key happenings and others have bridged the missing links. To be honest we are not here to promote anyone's campaign but to share our own genuine thoughts. ( Yes I am one of bloggers continuously insisting DTV to add Sirasa on their platform, However i am strongly against doing it at an expense of an int ch.)
I hope DTV would do the justice for all subscribers as many have highlighted set of common issues that we all have. Mind you that DTV has couple of FTA int ch like CCTV, NHK which can obviously be replaced with good movie chs (I prefer UTV world movies return) and remove useless crappy ch like Ridee TV and bring some good chs. (and also not to waste TP space for blank CH)
I hope per day TV will generate a good customer base for DTV and as a result of it DTV will revisit their price structure and channel content as a whole.


TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Happy New Year 2013".