Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Channels & quality improvements

With yesterday's update Dialog TV have increased the number of channels allocated to subscribers. Gold package subscribers are now getting "Comedy Central, Fashion TV & History TV18" FOC which was available earlier at an additional charge. Additionally "Ten Action" has been allocated to all available packages except for the old CBNsat era packages.

Quality has improved in the MPEG4 transponders. At the moment Dialog TV is running 3 MPEG2 DVB-S1 transponders, 1 MPEG4 DVB-S1 transponder & 2 MPEG4 DVB-S2 transponder. The conversion of an additional transponder has given additional capacity for Dialog TV to add a few extra channels. However more capacity will be available if and when Dialog TV converts the other 3 MPEG2 transponders too, this is not expected any time soon considering the time taken to convert just one.

There are some complaints about the quality of the Ten Network channels since they happen to get more pixelated compared to the other sports channels which are on the MPEG4 transponders, "Ten Action" quality is supposed worst out of all the Ten Network channels. We hope this matter is rectified by increasing bandwidth allocated to those three channels.

At the moment the Test channels comprises of the following,
  • Test 1 - MTV Sports
  • Test 2 - CITI HITz (not sure if this channel is a good idea, it was a flop a few years ago)
  • Test 3 - MTV India
  • Test 4 - Cine Thirai (Tamil)
  • Test 5 - Sony Six
  • Test 6 - Sundance Channel
  • Test 7 - Universal Channel
  • Test 8 - E channel (good for those interested in Hollywood gossip, not sure it will last)
It's great to note that Dialog TV have added an additional Tamil Channel instead of a Hindi one, the addition of Sony Six is a good move considering that NBA, TNA & FIFA action is now on that channel & Dialog TV, Sundance might be popular among those who seek foreign language programming (this channel is operated by the same people who do the Sundance Film Festival). Universal Channel has a few reruns but could improve like Warner TV has been doing over the past year or so, "E" is mainly a hollywood gossip channel and it will be interesting to see how that channel will be received. If any channel from this list get booted for a better one, the most likely candidate would be "E".

Not forgetting to mention, the quality of the only only sole local English Language channel is horrible and is worse that normal FTA reception, this needs to be rectified ASAP.

It's not clear how the above channels will be allocated, whether they will be added to existing packages or will be available as additional add-ons isn't clear. However with the impending competition, it's best that Dialog will add these to existing packages. It's worth mentioning that these new channels haven't been officially launched as yet, hence the "Test" status.

Please continue updating us on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

** Updated at 11am - corrected errors in post

  • Dialog has five transponders not four as posted earlier (3 MPEG2, 2 MPEG4)

77 comments:

admin said...

We need fox movies premium Dialog Tv..Then dish will have too crawl back to India

Lamal Perera said...

Y sony six is not available for me. I am a diamond package holder. When i move to test channel 5 they say i have to add this channel with additional payment. I thought in the test period we all can watch those channels

snssampath said...

න‍ොමිලේ ලබා දුන් Nanasa 10,Nanasa 11 සහ Shraddha TV නාලිකාවලට කුමක් සිදුවූ ‍යේද.............?

E2C said...

what about Sony six i cant watch the test 5 channel ?
on which package holders can watch the Sony six ?

Lishan said...

My channels from 56 to 82 is not working. It gives a message saying ''current service is not available''. What is the problem?transponder is 11632/27689V,that is star sports 1 to Fox Crime.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

@admin: "Fox Movies Premium" isn't allowed in this region by Fox International Channels.

@E2C: At the moment all channels, except HD ones are available to "Gold" package subscribers.

@Lishan: What's your decoder? If you are using old MPEG2 one then TP 11632 cannot be received since it has been moved to MPEG4. If you lost channels some channels you subscribed to, then its best to call Dialog TV and tell them. Then they should replace your decoder.

SaRaNa said...

Please give us nenasa 11, 10 and channels without test title. Do with any activity in professional manner.

SAD® said...

@SaRaNa: Nenasa 11 and 10 is available in Channel 16 and 17 respectively

SAD® said...

It is great to see the quality improvement in most channels as well as the addition of new channels.

However, Dialog should check the aspect ratio of the Australia Network. I think it's reduced twice into 4:3 and is displayed in a weird manner.

silDE said...

power of dish tv he he dialog

Dhanushka Samarakoon said...

From channel 60 to 82 all channels r black and white for me. Others wrkng correctly. I try to call hot line but they r nt pickg the phone.whts gng on?

nilu said...

good but not enough to for Dish tv. they need to include more HD channels.

No Sony six for my package...

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...
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Sarath said...

Nenasa 10 හා 11 චැනල් දෙකත් Revision TV චැනලයත් වැඩ නැහැ. Russia Today චැනලය Per Day Tv පැකේජ තුනටම තිබෙන බව වෙබ් සයිට් එකේ කියලා තිබුනට මට නම් එන්නේ නැහැ ( http://www.dialog.lk/personal/tv/packages/dtv-prepaid-packages// ). මගේ තියෙන්නේ දිනකට රුපියල් හයේ පැකේජ් එක.

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...
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Roshan De Mel said...

we request NATGEO WILD CHANNEL BUT NOT ADD IT...............

Chintha777 said...

Dialog KSF-IA710PIR SD receiver eka unlock karanne kohomada wena dialog smart card ekak dala balanna....please help brothers..

ABC said...
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ABC said...

Why are you trying to say, these "CiTi Hitz" and "Ridhee TV" are unwanted channels? Do you know how many people are enjoying these channels? Personally those are my 2 favorite Sinhala channels. Most of other sinhala channels are telecasting rubbish Tele dramas which is called mega tele dramas. I feel 90% of Teledramas are rubbish now.
However people are watching them as there are no other options.

CiTi Hitz closed because of DTV was not paying for them and they had financial crisis. I contacted them that time and they explained what exactly happened. DTV kept it in a minor priority as how Dialog TV is always dong. Not respecting to their customers and do not want to give the best things to their customers. Just eager to find money from customers.

My first favorites are foreign sports channels and second for those two channels.

So please respect other interests as well. I am a reader of this blog from a long time now. But I can see the blog is trying to say, there are no need Buddhist channels and sinhala channels. Please keep remember, 70% the population are Sinhala Buddhists and living out of the Colombo.

Most of people from out of Colombo are buying Satellite TV connection to watch Sinhala Channels as they want to watch local channels clearly. There are no any TV antenna to watch all these channels with such a quality.

I am a big fan of same English channels. But please do not try to express the personal interests via this blog.

What we should do is, ask for more channels while keeping the existing channels.

Shraddha TV is one of favorite channels of my parents, But I am not watching much. So should I ask to remove it? I saw that kind of post or a comment in last months and was trying to say do not want those kind of channels.

Still I agree, we want more foreign channels and there's no doubt. But we should keep what we have and ask for more. I believe DTV can do this. But they don't want. So we need more competitors to fight with DTV's monopoly.

I am checking this blog daily and this is really good. But please respect all other's interests as well. Good work mate and for all commenting guys who are bringing good information for us.

Revox said...

If Dtv gives 1000 more channels the people here will never be satisfied. So, Let's forget about people like that and get on with saying a big THANKS to Dtv. Maybe it's the competition that is coming along that is making them to improve the service. But what is GOOD is good. And let's face it . . . from the pay tv service's that are available Dtv gives the best choice of channels. Also a big thanks to the blog admin. Peace!

Mario said...

I agree. After all the waiting & wanting DTV finally gave us something, I wouldnt say its the best choice of channels but its something so we must appreciate it.

Chaithri Ranatunge said...

This recent shuffle has resulted in some of my channels appearing in black and white. Everything from Star movies onward is blurred and in black and white and despite of many calls to them they are yet to fix it. This combined with them having local adds all the time which quite often result in cutting off the first few seconds of programs after adds compell me to move to Dish TV asap. Dont care for Dtv's monopoly and very poor service.

Chintha777 said...

Dialog KSF-IA710PIR SD receiver eka unlock karanne kohomada wena dialog smart card ekak dala balanna....please help brothers.

E2C said...

what has happen to the dialog tv customer care no ones picking up the phone

Vishwa said...

HU Guys, anyone having problem with viewing chs (blurred, freeze etc) i would recon you all contact CC and get a new STB. Generally they replace within 48 hrs and for mine i managed get it done within 24hrs twice. they accept their STB can go wrong and without a hesitation they replace it at no cost. so pls get replaced your STB (cos last time my STB just went out without a reason!!)
on next day new STB was given and for me all CHs (whatever CHs activated for my pckge are working fine)
Regarding the new CH line, me also quit happy with DTV effort
yahh.. it is better if we can get all CHs that we want in DTV line up.. but we need to accept the practical difficulties

Nalaka Dharmasiri said...

how can i update new channel lineup to dialog tv box channel menu?

SaRaNa said...

please update channel line up with monthly or daily rental correctly. what a mess. why they can't do it professional manner. we pay for best.you can tie up us with dtv if you give us best thing.

Chandika Gunawardhana said...
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Chandika Gunawardhana said...

Test Channel 5 (Sony Max) is enabled automatically from today.

Vishwa said...

yes SONY SIX is enabled to me as well

this means, most of these TEST chs will be taken away from us once the testing is over.... TEN ACTION, SONY SIX, UNIVER. CH, SUDANCE CH, E!etc..(except CH ONE MTV, Cine Thirai)

Mario said...

Anyone know what channels are showing the SL vs Ireland Cricket matches >

nilu said...

@mario,

Only webcast..

Venue: Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

Date: Tuesday, May 6

Start time: 10.45 a.m. BST

Live on: YouTube, Cricket Ireland official website

Lamal Perera said...

Sony six only for gold package . unfair they have also added history 18 and many more for them. If they could added this to diamond package too. Because it's a sports package. Too all other package holders except gold. Don't pay them additional fee just watch matches in tv antenna. When that channel make them no benefit they will add it to other packages. Like ten action

Chandika Gunawardhana said...

Dialog is asking to activate Sony Six from 7th May

Nokia said...

Good Morning All !!

I was out of touch for few months. and even didnt have time to read teh blog. But I'm back :) trust all the other friends also doing well !!

Few Important Info

Heard that below line up will be avalable for exsisting Packages. You can get the information by calling the Call Center

PERL
MTV SPORTS, CITIHITS, MTV MUSIC, CINE THIRAI TV

EMERALD
MTV SPORTS, CITIHITS, MTV MUSIC, UNIVERSAL

DIAMOND
MTV SPORTS, CITIHITS, MTV MUSIC, CINE THIRAI TV, UNIVERSAL

GOLD
MTV SPORTS, CITIHITS, MTV MUSIC, CINE THIRAI TV, SONY SIX, SUNDANCE , UNIVERSAL, E!

MTV MUSIC channel had the recording facility but now it's not enabled. Further Swarnawahini had the recording facility but that too now removed.

gsu said...

DTV should have given Sony Six for the DIAMOND package. Because it is the only package consist of the sports channels.

Vishwa said...

@Nokia..
what abt TEN ACTION then....
(i have installed Dialog selfcare on my phone, it does not have TEN action in my CH line up!!)

Mario said...

@ Vishwa,

Ten Action is there for all packages EXCEPT "Thee". They wouldnt have updated the selfcare app as yet i guess.

snssampath said...

29. Russia Today

Budget Pack, Lite Pack, Value Pack
‍‍නෙ‍ාමිලේ ලබා දෙන බව http://www.dialog.lk/personal/tv/packages/dtv-prepaid-packages/
දන්වා තිබුනත් ක්‍රියා ‍නොකරයි......

don said...
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don said...

I have the ruby package.I didn't even get the FTA channel MTV sports. When I contacted the CC they also couldn't answer and asked me to change the settings etc etc.But it didn't help. They also don't know whats wrong. Does anybody know the situation regarding old packages?.please update. thanks

Nokia said...

@ Vishwa
TEN ACTION is there

@ DON
What is teh RUBY package?
How much is the rental?
Was it from the CBN time ?

Mario said...

@ DON

Even if u have the old CBN SAT package u should have MTV sports.

jay perera said...

enjoying pearl package with all local channels
Citihits have all this good old contents.. add moreeeee..

and the good thing is I have MTV Music jus for Rs.699?? Thanks DTV. Better if u can add VH1 for this pearl package.

SaRaNa said...

i am budget pack holder in per day tv. i couldn't active sony six. i got massage VAS packege expired. please help me.

Revox said...

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/news/sri-lankas-dialog-television-grows-revenues,-profits-up/71842423

Good News . . .

don said...

I spoke to CC again and I was informed that as I have an old package (previously it was known as lite100) they are not in a position to add mtv sports to my lineup . Due to some technical issue. Please let me know what is this technical problem if anyone knows.
Same applies to Russia today.

neilw said...

Nice to have Sony Six and Comedy Central in the line up. Hopefully DTV will add more HD channels and lower the HD package rental to a reasonable level.
Also thanks to DishTV.

bank_dude said...

It is sad that Dialog people disrespect old CBNSat package holders. Because of these subscribers this networks is back. It is sad and unfortunate that they have not added MTV sports to old packages even though it is a local FTA channel. When I inquired about it they informed me to change the package. If you are in OPEL package DON'T CHANGE IT TO GOLD because sooner or later Dialog will increase the rental of the Gold package. On the other hand Dish TV is now providing MTV sports as FTA in SESS 8 satellite.

uditha said...

we getting MTV india , UAE version.that is better than the original MTV india , indien version. Because it plays more ads and tv shows than songs.

SaRaNa said...
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SaRaNa said...

hey boys, now you can activate sony six, thanks DTV.

snssampath said...

29. Russia Today

Budget Pack, Lite Pack, Value Pack
‍‍නෙ‍ාමිලේ ලබා දෙන බව http://www.dialog.lk/personal/tv/packages/dtv-prepaid-packages/
දන්වා තිබුනත් ක්‍රියා ‍නොකරයි......

hsj said...

DTV is doing all these improvements not because they are customer friendly. Because they want to maintain monopoly. Their customer service is one of the worst in sri lanka as of my experience..

Nayanajith Nimal said...

Pls tell is srilanka tour of england all match will show in the star sport hd2. After checked programme guide only showing t20 match will show in the STAR SPORT2

thilina mavilmada said...

Ani one knows,who telecast international rugby matches in this region????

Mario said...

DIALOG is constructing a Satellite Earth Station in Welivita Kaduwela.

Dialog HD fan said...

can any one remember Dialog day pass activation failure on T20 world cup day?

dialog refunded Rs 4.13 as delayed activation for 40 minutes.I missed 40 minutes and missed all T20 final.But still they charged Rs.94.57

Great Dialog TV.Professional thieves

kappa said...

Saw these two add, how can a private individual provide services on behalf of DISH TV?

http://www.hitad.lk/electronics/731744/WWW.DISHTVWORLD.COM

http://www.hitad.lk/electronics/727688/DISH-TV-LANKA

SaRaNa said...

i can't activate star 2 please help me. stupid CC, they hide behind the table. hot line now hot. i can kick the ass of DTV CC.

SLP said...

Please check the following...

http://s12.postimg.org/q1rklfanh/image.jpg

nilu said...

dialog has stop swapping the sony max with sony six.

SankaSoft Audio Video Productions said...

ලබන මාසයේ සිට videocon වලත් සිංහල චැනල ලබා දෙන බව videocon විකුණන අය කියනවා. මෙය සත්‍යක්ද..

chinthakame said...

MTV Sport channel now on Ruby package.....
plz check ur channel no 9

don said...

Thanks for Dialog TV for letting the customers with old packages too to watch MTV sports

D7 said...

why u have cancelled Z cafe , its a awesome channel, stupid dialog

Danusker P said...
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Danusker P said...

Better add Sony Six HD along with Sony Pix(English)

TGT said...

Please add Sony Six HD Soon.

K9Master said...

Been a user of PVR Services for a month or so and it is disappointing. For me recording, playback, time shift functions work without an issue.
But when we switch the decoder off (from Wall Outlet) at night and Switch it back on in the morning, all the recorded files are gone and you need to reformat the drive to get the functionalities again. Once formatted all the features are available until I switch the decoder off again. :(
Firstly thought its an issue with the Trancend Pendrive I've been using, switch to a Bnew Kingston 16GB USB 3 drive but issue is still the same. Companied to Dialog and they changed the decoder in a day (Didn't expect that to happen) but the new one also has the same issue.

Anyone else facing this problem?

leyland said...

Dear Admin,
Looks like your blog has been hacked! See several spam posts on the blog!

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...

what happen dialog tv blog...

UnlimitedBB said...

Sundance channel will be removed with efffect from 14th of July 2014. Citi Hitz channel will be moved to channel 67.

Dialog HD fan said...

TNL has upgraded its feed to DTV.Now it is a clear Digital feed without shadows

Nishan said...

DTV suck again as channel 67 "SUNDANCE" will be replaced by all time boring channel "CITIHITZ" , whats wrong with this DTV ??? they always take their subscribers with shit service...why cant they replace an international channel with another international channel?? always experimenting with boring local shit channels....

You DTV .....PLS TREAT YOUR VALUED SUBSCRIBERS WITH GOOD INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS..

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Sundance Channel bites the dust".

Admin

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "Sundance Channel bites the dust".

Admin