According to reports being received the Maharaja channels, Sirasa TV, MTV Sports & Shakthi TV will be launched by Avuruddu. This comes hot on the wheels of the news about upgrade to MPEG4 & the announcement of Gold package subscribers being updated to the PVR enabled HD decoder free of charge.
Now we are not sure how Dialog will find the capacity to add these three channels specially at a time they are stuck for capacity. Unless they complete their MPEG4 conversion by this time which is highly unlikely. The only option for Dialog is to replace two or more existing channels with the three Maharaja channels which will not be welcomed in any event by subscribers. The other option is for Dialog to move all Gold package subscribers to MPEG4 DVB-S2 and encode the select channels like those that are allocated to the Gold package only, such as Star Movies, HBO and a few others to MPEG4 DVB-S2. Those non Gold Package subscribers who probably have activated the SET plans or Per Day TV would probably lose these channels in the short term until they are updated too.
This should free up some space for a few more channels. We certainly don't think the entire conversion will be completed in a few months, but it would run longer considering the fact of what happened last time round but the best thing now is to switch the "Gold" package subscribers within a very short time span. Switch some channels to MPEG4 and then free up space for a few channels.
As for the Maharaja channels, Dialog should not add them at the expense of any existing channels but if they can be added in the method we have speculated here then it would be a positive move by Dialog.
Please keep us updated on the latest regarding Dialog TV as the days progress.