Commencing yesterday Dialog has been carrying out some sort of testing on Channel No 71 which is named as the "Dialog Test Channel". For the past year or so the channel has never been encrypted and has been left blank but from yesterday the channel has been encrypted indicating that some sort of testing is being carried out.
We are unable to confirm what the channel being tested is, hopefully it is an international channel and not a local channel since Dialog TV needs more international channels and not local channels. There have been no new international channels for SD package subscribers for several months and it's high time some new ones at least one considering transponder capacity issues.
We are aware that some Maharaja channels such as Sirasa are down on their knees begging to be on Dialog TV, so being an pay television company Dialog TV should strive to give their subscribers more international channels than the third grade local ones.
Maybe Channel 71 will be a Maharaja one (they seem to be desperate now) or it will be a international one hopefully tamil considering the low number of tamil channels on Dialog TV and the potential market for channels from the tamil speaking population, if English then it should be an Asian feed which will be far more desirable than any local channel.
Well we should know soon enough what Channel 71 is however introducing Sirasa or any other local channel on Channel 71 is much better than removing an international channel and adding Sirasa in it's place, Dialog tried this several months ago by trying to remove "Australia Network" in favour of a local channel but failed due to subscriber complaints. So even during 2013 Dialog shouldn't try to remove any of the international channels, if a local channel wants to come on board then increase transponder capacity and add them or remove a local channel to add another local channel but DON'T TOUCH INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS.