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.