Commencing friday and into the weekend, messages have been scrolling on several channels on Dialog TV indicating an impending shifting on existing channels. As per the information the following channels will be shifted as of July 10th
- Discovery Turbo will shift to Channel No. 86
- Setanta Sports will shift to Channel No. 85
- NHK World will shift to Channel No. 01
With Discovery Turbo and Setanta Sports moving to 86 & 85, these two channels will be only available for those who are have the MPEG4 DVB-S2 decoder. Hopefully Dialog have considered all options carefully before this move since if non premiere package subscribers have subscribed to this channel then it would mean that either they have to pay additionally to get the new decoder or risk losing these two channels. Hopefully none of the non premiere subscribers have activated these two channels however it is likely that some of them would have already done so.
With NHK World moving to the No. 1 position, then Dialog will have three vacant slots in the MPEG2 transponders. We believe one is for "MTV India" which should make a return on July 10th or sometime soon thereafter. Another two will be free, and out of these, one is "Dialog Test" which may or may not be used to carry a channel.
Some are "claiming" that this is for "Maharaja" channels, its highly unlikely that Dialog will reorganize in this manner for just two local FTA channels that don't deserve slots on Dialog TV. Besides the Maharaja's according to what we hear are not satisfied with one slot for Sirasa TV, they want three for all three of their channels on Dialog TV. Dialog will not be able to allocate three empty slots just for a private run-of-the-mill network during this time when channels such as "MTV India" are still to be returned to the lineup.
It is possible that some new channel/s will come onboard whether it will be one/s that carry international or local entertainment is yet to be seen. Whether the "Dialog Test" channel which has been unused for a long time, will finally be used or whether it will continue to be "Dialog Test" is yet to be known. The days following the July 10th will reveal fully, what exactly Dialog TV will be doing.
One thing is pretty certain, MTV India will be back on July 10th. Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.