Monday, January 13, 2014

Dialog TV to switch satellites?

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.


sonik said...

Interesting development, however, Chinasat 12/Supremesat 1 does not have a Ku Band beam for South Asia and Sri Lanka. It appears that only the C-Band beam covers our country.

Unknown said...

ChinaSat 12
● Manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space
● Launch Time: November 27, 2012
● Bus: Spacebus 4000 C2
● Polarization: Linear Polarization
● Orbit Slot: 87.5°E
● Coverage: China, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia and China sea area, the Indian Ocean region
ChinaSat 12 was launched in November, 2012 onboard a Chinese LM-3B/E launch vehicle. It provides commercial communications services with 47 C-band and Ku-band transponders. ChinaSat 12 is designed to serve the demands of communication, satellite broadcasting, data transmission, digital broadband multimedia system and media streaming services in China, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia and China sea area, the Indian Ocean region.

they mentioned they have KU-brand 47 transponders... it is true ?

dear admin Please Help us....

Vishwa said...

As i mentioned earlier post too, there is no KU beam of this sat over SL... so i wonder dialog is getting CS12 service for broadcasting...
Cost may be less but where to give the service... only hope there is one steerable beam which might refocus over SL (which i'm not sure though) otherwise we all have change not just the direction but dish too (from small offfset KU to big C band dish (the big inverted umbrella).. which is generally not case the case when it comes to DTH services.. (you can get similar service from AsiaSAT3/5 on thier C band coverage)
in case Dilog getting this CS12 (@87.5E) sat we may be able to catch ST2 (@88E) as well (which transmits Indian VideoCON DTH) on the same dish.. some times there were some FTA chs on this ST2 sat.. check the following links for both CS12 and ST2

rupavahini said...

DTV Use Only Ku Band (not C-Band)
Not major drawback could be the fact that Dialog TV will have to reposition all antenna's to the new position
Many Benefit Change New Satellite
(1) Rain Problem 50% Reduce
(2) Many New installation (old Cover building and Trees)
(3) Low cost of transponders
(4) Design Life 15 years
(5) Intelsat 12 Soon cutoff (new satellite will be co-located)
(6) New Intelsat High cost of transponders
(7) Intelsat 12 and ChinaSat 12 make Same Manufacturer (France)
(8) Not major problem to change the satellite
(9) Only 12,000 to 15,000 Customer Problem (permanently blocked with buildings any other)
(10) Government force any time buy the ChinaSat 12

Unknown said...

Disney soon on ch 87

admin said...

Rugby six nations 2014 blackout for srilanka.Setanta not broadcasting. Very very disappointed

Unknown said...

the main news is Sony Six channel got the broadcast rights 2014 & 2018 FIFA Football World cup too... if dialog tv not add this channel soon we miss the valuable sport content.. please add this channel on channel number 75 (dialog test channel) as soon as possible..
Sony SIX wins broadcast rights for FIFA World Cup 2014 and 2018
The channel has also won the rights to telecast the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 to be hosted by India.

Mumbai: Sony SIX, the sports and entertainment channel from the Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd (MSML) stable, has won the exclusive broadcast rights to the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup tournaments, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. It has also won the rights to telecast the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 to be hosted by India.
According to the statement, the 2014 FIFA World Cup schedule in Brazil was officially confirmed after the groups were drawn on 6 December. The tournament will be played in two stages; the group stage will feature 32 nations and will be played from the 12 June to 26 June. The knockout stage will start from 28 June and conclude with the final on 13 July.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia from 8 June to 8 July.
“Considering the rise of youth interest in the sport, football fans in India can look forward to the best international football experience on SIX,” said N.P. Singh, chief executive officer for MSM.
Sony SIX has broadcast rights to several sporting properties, which include the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, UEFA EURO 2016, Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016 and the European Qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“India already has a great passion for football and with the support of Sony SIX, FIFA looks forward to inspiring more fans of football and young players in India for the years ahead,” said Niclas Ericson, director of FIFA’s TV division.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

@jagath chandana: We are unable to comment on the sat change news since we are still unable to confirm it, as the post mentions.

@randika: Disney on Channel 87??? There isnt 87 on Dialog TV, it stops at 86 at least for most of the subscribers!

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

For more on "Sony Six acquiring rights for FIFA until 2018, please visit -


Vishwa said...

@Rupavahini... Can you confirm the KU beam availability of ChinaSAT 12 over SL.. just go to and see the coverage this bird.. it does not have KU beam over SL..there is one beam calles MENA.. to catch that beam we need a bigger size dish than 60cm dish

patson said...

Guys!Our Rocket son will fix the Ku band coverage problem.just wait & see.

Vishwa said...


yes you are right...

Will SEE..

Unknown said...

dear admin, thanks for your information...

i send a e-mail to dialog tv and asked about "Sony Six" channel, they gave me a wonderful answer....

Dear Mr.Kumara,

Thank you for your email.

We would like to inform you that we have we have added new channels and modified Dialog TV channel bouquet.

You could refer the below web link for the available channel list.

Therefore, it would not be possible to add the above channel to the channel list.

However, we have escalated the content of your email to the higher management for their future references.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further assistance.

Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
Nissansala Ramawickrama,
Contact Centre Associate,
Dialog Axiata PLC.

all time they said this type answer, i think dialog should add Sony six channel to dialog test channel 1 slot immediately

SLP said...
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SLP said...

guys, its not mena beam, but the kur beam.

its steerable. can refocus over sri lanka.

running from intelsat 12 to chinasat 12 means less tp cost, high availability since less obstructions, and more tp's to content delivery.

only drawback is govt can police the broadcast more than ever. but since the war is over, i dont think that they need anything to censor,

good move in long term, appreciate

Vishwa said...
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TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

"Star Movies Action Revamp - Sri Lankans stand to miss out on Hollywood premieres"... for more on this please visit


Vishwa said...

@SLP.. tks for the reply
yep i too was anticipating that steerable beam would be utilizing on this matter..
No worries as long as DTV subscribers are getting the benefits..(isn't it??)
but my problem that, if they (CS12) change the antenna (respect to steerable beam) to cover SL, then the utilization of of it will be at stake as.. just look at the coverage of it.. now it covers many zones together and changing it would offset from present coverage. (well..that is not my problem as long as CS12 is agreeing to do that)


Chandika Gunawardhana said...

Need "Sony Six" channel soon... missing Ind vs. NZ Cricket series due to this... :(

Priyantha said...

Dialog Cabal TV coming this march....Start in Kandy , Colombo, Jaffna, Nuwara Eliya and Kurunegala..grate news...already 90% complete...

E2C said...

I think z studio is a better movie channel than star movies. zee studio has a variety of movies . such as action drama classic but in the other hand star movies always playing
same kind of movies and most of them are repeats, if dialog can add zee studio hd it will be ideal for the channel line up

zee studio HD

nilu said...

I think it is high time to add the Sony Six to the lineup..

Padmathilaka said...

China Sat have steerable beam, they will move it it Sri Lanka and this will reduce the piracy over South Asia like Pakistan and India since it just cover only Sri Lanka. I hope this is good move by dialog. It is good move to show own feed by dialog for the Sri Lanka Bangladesh Tournament. If they can continue this strategy, no need to add scrappy Indian feeds. if Dish tv India start services on 1st of March in Sri Lanka this will be huge gain for dialog if they can remove bloody indian feeds and adding at-least south east Asian feeds.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post title "Cricket on Ch.No 12 - Timesharing, Replacing & wasting".