With Star Sports 2 launching on monday. It's still to be seen if Dialog TV deprives its subscribers of the channel until capacity issues are ironed out or if it will be only the privileged subscribers of the HD package who will get the channel just like they get Ten Action.
However if Star Sports 2 is launched only for HD pack subscribers it will be most unfair since, this channel is much different in comparison to Ten Action. Ten Action initially launched as a football centric channel and only show non football content when "live" events are packed on the other two channels.
However Star Sports 2 will be quite different, Star Sports 3 which is focusing on football will be broadcasting non football content too according to information released by ESPN Star Sports. Until the Ten channels, Star will be broadcasting any cricket content involving India on two channels, one in English and the other in Hindi using Star Cricket and Star Sports 1 or the present ESPN.
This means that other live content such as Formula 1, etc could be shifted to Star Sports 2 to enable "live" broadcast. Additionally ESPN Star Sports have acquired the broadcast right for Indian domestic cricket which would mean more bilingual cricketing content across multiple channels.
It's best for Dialog TV to use the "wasted slot which carries no channels" and Star Sports 3 so that viewers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted "live" coverage of sporting events.
Over to Dialog TV to make a wise decision and we would like to ask our fellow bloggers who are Gold package subscribers whether have received the HD enabled DVB-S2 decoder.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.