Looking back at Dialog TV's 2013, it has been a mixed bag. With more replacements than new ones as always. The MPEG4 DVB-S2 switch over hasn't exactly gone the way that all hoped it will. With just two channels switching (Discovery Turbo & Setanta) and that too to make way for FTA channels Sirasa TV & Shakthi TV.
The negatives with Dialog TV are always the channel replacements which is similar to musical chairs, MTV India was given the boot is yet to return even after reports indicated that the channel will return by end of this year. Who knows maybe Dialog TV will spring a surprise tomorrow Jan 1st, although highly unlikely.
The only well thought channel replacement was switching Hindi Star Sports 3 with Star Sports 2. On some positives the Gold package subscribers have all been issued with HD enabled PVR's and some of the new ones are getting MPEG4 set top boxes instead of the older MPEG2 ones. The only major new channel was Comedy Central and that also due to BBC Entertainment pulling out of this region.
2013 hasn't been as ground breaking as 2012 when Dialog TV launched HD services but it hasn't been bad either since now those who want can activate the channels on the HD package on a per channel basis instead of having to pay for the entire package.
We hope that at least in 2014 Dialog will switch to MPEG4 DVB-S2 100% so that this transponder curse can be put off for sometime. We hope that all time sharing on ALL channels will end and every channel will have its own slot.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.