It's been a day of good news for all Dialog TV subscribers since Dialog have decided to replace the 24X7 Hindi Sports channel Star Sports 3 with Star Sports 2 with effect from tomorrow Nov 9th 2013. This is indeed a good move from Dialog TV considering the fact that Star Sports 3 will be carrying only Hindi content hereafter. As reported earlier it's likely that during multiple sporting events Star Sports 3 may carry English Language content however that would probably be in time for the 2016 Summer Olympic games for which Star Sports holds exclusive broadcast rights in this region. Until then the chances of anything like that happening are quite slim.
With Star Sports 2 coming in, Dialog will not have to worry about replacing it temporarily to be able to broadcast F1 events, however it seems that all F1 content will be on Star Sports 4.
Now the channel order will be Star Sports 4, Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2 from tomorrow and hopefully Dialog TV will sort the channels in numerical order ASAP.
It seems that Dialog TV will stick to Star Sports HD 2 in the HD offering probably because that channel will be carrying more international content in HD unlike Star Sports HD 1 which even though is a English Language channel will be carrying mostly India focused cricket and sports in HD.
This rebranding excercise is in itself a relief for Dialog TV since they were having to deal with time sharing channels for certain sporting events due to lack of capacity to add the new channel. Now hopefully Dialog TV takes immediate steps to convert more channels to MPEG4 DVB-S2 and free up more space in existing transponders for channels.
We are almost at the end of 2013 and it seems that other than the movement of Setanta Sports & Discovery Turbo plus the switching of all Gold package subscribers to the HD enabled STB, we haven't gone too far on the total MPEG4 DVB-S2 conversion that was indicated at the end of the 1st quarter of 2013.
Now its yet to be seen if MTV India will be added before the year ends as indicated earlier. Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.