The year 2014 is indeed seeing some major changes when it comes to the content of channels on Dialog TV. The Australian Open rights has now gone to Sony SIX plus the upcoming New Zealand vs India series, Star Movies Action is now premiering top Hollywood blockbusters along with Star Movies. Not to mention many Sri Lankans were unable to watch the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand matches since it was on Sony SIX and had to watch a substandard broadcast on CSN.
With so much of changes happening in the region, Dialog TV is unable to keep adapting to the changes due to the sluggishness of the MPEG4 conversion as well as their inability to increase transponder capacity. For a company that boasts of "The Future Today", has been overwhelmed by the present today.
The standard Dialog TV solution is either to Time-Share or replace channels which is not what is expected from a pay television provider. Dialog moved heaven and earth to get MBC channels Sirasa TV & Shakthi TV on board, which means more money for Dialog TV. Sadly no effort is taken to increase the capacity (we stress INCREASE and don't confuse it with "replace") of channels and make sure the subscribers has access to any channel available in this region. It's not Dialog TV's decision on what channels people will watch and what they won't, rather any paying subscriber should be able to access any channels of his/her choice.
It's time for Dialog TV to invest some money and put an end to this capacity curse. Converting from MPEG2 to MPEG4 DVB-S2 will go a longer into making that dream a reality.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.