According to unconfirmed reports being received Dialog TV is to switch satellites from Intelsat-12 to ChinaSat-12 aka SupremeSat-1. Yes, this is widely known as Sri Lanka's first satellite.
Although we are unable to confirm this development and the time frame within which Dialog TV will carry out this switch, we see the following reasons as to why Dialog TV maybe even considering this move.
- Low cost of transponders compared to European/American operated satellites - This is actually one of the major reasons that Indian DTH operators are more cost effective, since almost all use Indian satellites.
- Priority given to locals when allocating transponder space - One of the reasons that Dialog TV maybe unable to expand to a new transponder could be lack of free transponders on Intelsat-12.
However one major drawback could be the fact that Dialog TV will have to reposition all antenna's to the new position which means that Dialog TV should operate from both satellites used until all subscribers are switched to the new position.
It's certain that a move of this nature will benefit both Dialog TV & subscribers in the long term.