Dialog TV carried out a channel replacement yesterday that takes stupidity to a whole new level, pay sports channel "Neo Sports" has been replaced by free-to-air news channel "Russia Today". The move comes as a surprise since there was no indication to the subscribers that this was due to happen. The replacement took place all of a sudden last evening to the frustration of many subscribers. The reasons given by Dialog range from "Neo Sports carrying out an upgrade", "System Upgrade" & "In light of recent events on the political front in Russia". If the last one is anything to go by then we should see pay sports channels vanishing and being replaced by news channels the next time someone farts in countries, maybe if someone farts in Iran - Dialog will add "Press TV", if someone farts France - Dialog will add TV5 Monde or France 24, if someone farts in Germany maybe we will get DW TV, if someone farts in Egypt we will get Egypt TV.
The move is being called "temporary", whilst its not clear if subscribers will get their rentals waved off on a "temporary" basis too, or if subscribers can avoid paying rentals altogether.
We feel for those who pay for individual channels/packs containing these channels, since even though they pay for the sports channels, they have lost one to a FTA channel but must still continue the payment the same amount.
At a time when Dialog is facing a capacity crunch and with the FIFA World Cup to be broadcast on a channel which at the moment isn't available on Dialog TV, Dialog makes the stupid decision of removing a sports channel.
This actually begs the question if somehow a majority of Dialog's share have been purchased by the Kremlin or remnants of the KGB, or if a senior executive of Dialog TV is of Russian origin or a Russian fanboy or whether Dialog TV were forced to add Russia Today by the powers that be in order to show the Russians that we are on their side during this time and be in their good books. If any of it was the reason, then an existing news channel should have been sacrificed instead of a sports channel.
We urge Dialog TV subscribers to express their displeasure by calling their hotline & urge Dialog TV to refrain from these unfair & unethical business practices & risk losing subscribers.
Will the fate that befell "MTV India" fall on "Neo Sports"? Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.