Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sundance Channel bites the dust

Out of all the channels that Dialog TV towards the end of April, it looks like we have the first casualty. Sundance Channel Asia is said to have been "temporarily" replaced by Citi Hitz which moved into the Channel No. 67 when it's channel space Channel No. 13 has now been allocated as "Test Transmission" and is now scrambled. One can't help but wonder if this is the return of the dreaded "Test Channel" that Dialog had all these years but was taken off a few months ago.

With Citi Hitz moving to the No. 67 slot its the first local channel to be given the MPEG4 treatment. Its not clear what's happening on the No. 13 slot, rumours suggest that it is possibly an local FTA channel such as "Rangiri Sri Lanka" that may appear. Some suggest that it might be the 24 hour news channel that is supposed to be launched by Derana or MTV/MBC.

Regardless it almost certain that it's a local channel considering it's present placement on the channel list. We certainly didn't expect "Sundance Channel" to the first casualty, our guess was that Hollywood gossip channel "E" might have been the first to face the axe.

It's time for Dialog TV to take steps to switch the remaining MPEG2 transponders to MPEG4 and increase the ever increasing need for capacity taking into consideration that channels are still being time shared, Neo Sports is now available instead of Neo Prime, whilst both channel showcase the German football league, we in Sri Lanka can watch only one.

Dialog TV has a long way to go, with impending competition soon to launch in Sri Lanka. It should be noted that the quality of TNL TV on Dialog TV as improved by leaps and bounds.

Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.

9 comments:

Amila Kasun Rajapaksha said...

Just found out. Ten HD is time sharing with AXN HD. You can watch the test series against South Africa Channel no 90.

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...

Citi Hitz නම් කිසිම වැඩක් නැහැ. හොද Films යන Channel එකක් ඒ වෙනුවට දෙනවනම් ගොඩක් හොදයි...

Janith Dananjaya said...

3 package ekata ridee tv denawanam godak watinawa...no 13 ta Rangiri Srilanka Channel 1 denawanam godak watinawa.....

niluka senadheera said...

24 hour news channel is fine, Rangiri SriLanka? but for what? another dead channel like Channel C? We've been with Dialog TV since the begining, and why no more wise decisions??
Talking about the scramble, why cant we have a good local movie channel like HBO? when we are dead enough with international channels thats the time that we wanna go with sinhala stuff as well. I dont see any good local channel in Dialog TV, With the April toward Cinethirai is having a good Tamil collection and even citihitz comes up with a good old drama out of sinhala classic collection.

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Dharklionz said...

I enjoyed reruns of Dandubasnamanaya and other teledramas on CityHitz.. Hope it gets back on..

Lasith said...

Ada Dreana 24x7 starts july 20th

Dhanushka Samarakoon said...

Ada derana 24*7 starting tomorrow. Channel no 13

Dialog HD fan said...

Although it is obvious there are lot of similarities including the logo with NDTV 24x7 it seems that Ada Derana 24x7 has quality programing lineup.Nothing to mention but new channel has lot of connections with number 13 (2+4+7= 13 and channel number is also 13).MTV sports/news 1st who claimed they are the first 24 hour news channel is now facing identity problem.No news channel in world telecast live sports events,musical programs and subtitled movies.