It has been over a month since we made our last blog post, and after the removal of MTV India from Dialog TV and the conversion of some channels to MPEG4 DVBS2 nothing significant has happened resulting in the prolonged drought in terms of posts.
There were reports of non premiere subscribers receiving the MPEG4 DVB-S2 set-top box, not the same decoder issued that was issued to the premiere package subscribers, rather this is supposedly a display-less non PVR enabled low featured set-top box.
Reports did come in of certain subscribers receiving this set-top box but it seems that like the conversion of premiere package subscribers it hard to ascertain how many have received this box or not. We are lead to believe that the conversion is taking place since Dialog has to switch more channels to MPEG4 DVB-S2 in order to correct the imbalances and the new channels in the pipeline.
Talking of new channels, there are reports of MTV Sports due for addition in October provisionally, as in all thing Dialog TV we can surely expect a postponement. This leaves us wondering about the other MTV which was temporarily removed being MTV India. That too is said to return soon, making at wonder which channel will face the axe to make room for these channels. MTV Sports which mostly reruns Neo Sports network programming will be telecasting mostly the same content as Neo, in addition to some of their original programming. If its a choice between MTV Sports and MTV India, then Dialog TV should opt for MTV India since its a channel that subscribers were paying for that was removed after the addition of Sirasa, Shakthi and Shraddha TV.
We hope steps are taken to reintroduce MTV India soon, in addition the conversion to the MPEG4 DVB-S2 system should be sped up.
In addition the "Dialog Test Channel" was renamed to "Dialog Test Channel1", probably indicating some testing being carried out on that channel. We have always maintained that Dialog TV shouldn't waste that channel slot due to the lack of channels on the platform, hopefully steps are taken to add a channel on that slot.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.