Monday, July 15, 2013

Sirasa TV/Shakthi TV hops onboard Dialog TV

Dialog TV which started testing Sirasa TV/Shakthi TV a couple of days ago, launched both the channels yesterday free of charge for all packages. This comes after over an year of rumours that the channels would be made available on Dialog TV.

The Maharaja organisation which openly stated that pay television in Sri Lanka "will fail" and ridiculed the idea of people paying for television in Sri Lanka just a few years ago when pay television operations were commencing in Sri Lanka have realised that pay television platforms are the future and if not included, it will spell the end of the Maharaja Network in Sri Lanka. In fact they went far as advertising in the media that it is illegal to include Maharaja channels on any pay television platform and action would be taken against any company that retransmits Maharaja channels on their platform. According to sources the Maharaja's are to have said that "they will never allow pay television channels to rebroadcast their television channels".

Now a few years down the road the same people are begging their way onto pay television companies in Sri Lanka due to the negative impact pay television had on the Maharaja network.

Now with Sirasa TV & Shakthi TV firmly onboard pay television platforms, its time for them to capitalise on this new avenue that has been opened up to them. It should be said that the quality of retransmission of Sirasa TV on Dialog TV is one of the best when compared to the local channels. Whilst the quality of retransmission of Shakthi TV leaves much to be desired. Hopefully these will be sorted out quickly, and at times there are problems with Sirasa TV retransmission too, which needs to be ironed out.

Now with many of the local channels onboard Dialog TV, it's time to focus on improving the quality of the international channels on Dialog TV. The "so-called temporary" replacement of MTV India looks rather like permanent. It's hard to imagine Dialog TV letting go of the "Dialog Test Channel" anytime soon, and this leave no space for "MTV India" on the transponders. Hopefully more channels are switched to MPEG4 in order to create space for new channels. We have seen Dialog TV take positive steps towards this by moving some existing channels to MPEG4 and issuing new STB's for those who were subscribers of these channels.

It should be said that there is a big improvement in the quality of channels such as "Discovery Turbo" once it was shifted from MPEG2 to MPEG4. It's hard to imagine that this was only a one time process carried out to enable the inclusion of Sirasa TV/Shakthi TV. It's highly likely that we will see more of these channel shifts in the weeks & months ahead, well hopefully it doesn't take years. Dialog should shift all their channels to MPEG4 DVB-S2, thereby increasing the quality of all channels on Dialog TV.

Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

26 comments:

Mario said...

So finally we have Sirasa & Shakthi.
Shakthi quality needs a bit of improvement, looks like a re-transmit of a good quality analogue signal, hence the "shadow" effect.

Hope DTV adds a good English music channel, and a good movie channel like Star Movies Action, and not charge us unrealistic prices.

chamika thushara said...

We hope 'Star action movies and Sony six'

Mario said...

sometimes Sirasa Tv shows clips saying " Live Digi Transmission". Can tell me what this means ?

vetop1234 said...

moving from MPEG2 to MPEG4 will not result picture quality improvement. only advantage of moving to MPEG4 is it can transmit same quality video as MPEG 2 with half a bandwidth (as stated by theory).so dialog can save transponder bandwidth with MPEG4. picture quality may improve selecting video pre processing such a applying deblocking filter .

Kusal Sanjeeva said...

They should give MTV India on number 87 then like they gave Setanta sports and Discovery turbo back.We need a music channel

Nadee said...

Give MTV back for d sake of music loverz

Randika yasith said...

shathi eketh digital transmision eka dunnam hodai! by the way plz add quality channel!

Randika yasith said...

sorry sorry plz add quality music channel

Unknown said...

mtv india oneeeeeeeeeeeeee

sajith kalum said...

Mtv india want back.....

Uturn said...

According to customer care dialog will definitely add MTV india very soon.they told me currently they don't have new ch slot(space)for new channel.when they add new slot mtv will be on dialog.

pushpika shiral said...

add a RANGIRI SRI LANKA

Vishwa said...

guys.. we appreciate all your ch requests.. but pls note this is a DTH and we must get good quality int CH rather than having all FTA chs...

we have no problem DTV adding any no of FTA chs if they have enough transponder capacity

but priority must be given to top class int chs and then only FTA..

hope this understood to all

ruwan prasad said...

Without Music channel dialog tv really boring.Bring MTV or Sony Mix.BTW Channel C only have crappy programmes with stupid girls.Derana and swarnawahini 6 pm to 7 pm music programmes far better than channel C.

ruwan prasad said...

@ Admin Do you have any new info about MTV

Nishan said...

If its Good quality Music channel i believe without any doubt it has to be CHANNEL V INTERNATIONAL / MTV ASIA or TRACE MUSIC.. DTV....pls consider to add one of the above Music channels to your valued customers...

Unknown said...

channel c melo rahak na. kello tika nam hodai. sindu neme kello balanna nam channel c hodai.
ekata peo tv eke dream tv. sindu witaramai.adumagane minihekwat dakinna na

Shana said...

Please Add MTV2 which is broadcast from UK MTV India sucks and please Remove useless HINDI channels

Unknown said...

mtv oneeeeeeeeeeeee

Unknown said...

mtv denne natte shraddha tv nisa.
oyalata one shraddha tv da mtv da?
dialog channel lineup eke mtv ain karala na. shraddha tv nisa tempory remove karala thiyenne....

Amila perera said...

Hindi song ahanna thibba MTV india ain karapu eka loku paduwak.english song ahanna VH1 eka hari thiyenawa.Hindi music channel ekak denawanam tamai hoda.

Amila perera said...

Good qulity music kiyanne english vitharak nemei ne.matanam ahan inna puluwan ona music ekak good qulity thamai.

sajith kalum said...

Mtv india ikmanta denawanm loku deyk...mtv natuwa dtv wadak na

Vishwa said...

Yesteday, DTV called me and told that they wanted to come to replace our STB (by the way I have PEARL pckg)unfortunatly i could not let do it y'day, so they will come doit on next Monday. I have not activated any special ch (HD or any SD ch). seems DTV geared up to MPEG4 conversion and you'll also get replaced your STB near future..
Cheers..

Awantha Wijesundara said...

@ Vishwa
Really... it's very good news. actually u didn't activated Discovery Turbo or Setanta channel?

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "More STB's being replaced, this time from other packages".

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