Dialog informed subscribers yesterday of a urgent upgrade commencing from today Feb 6th right upto Feb 9th. Due to this urgent upgrade the channels History TV18, Discovery Turbo and Fashion TV will not be available during the above mentioned dates. Further Setanta & E channel will shift to different channel positions during this time.
So what is this upgrade, we haven't the faintest clue but it seems that it has something to do with the world cup. With Star launching another 2 HD channels and taking their HD channel tally to 4, basically mirroring HD versions of all 4 Star Sports SD channels, Dialog will have a tough time keeping up with trying to broadcast the matches in HD. So maybe Dialog is planning to time share a few more HD channels with a Star Sports channel during "LIVE" cricket.
Any regardless Dialog should take serious steps to expand their channel base since sometime in the next few months, Ten Sports is going to rebrand all it's channels. Basically there will no longer be Ten Sports, Ten Cricket, Ten Action, Ten Golf, it's rumoured they will follow a Star Sports style Ten Sports 1, 2, 3 & 4 and follow it up quite soon with a Ten Sports set of HD channels.
It's frustrating to see a local operator such as Dialog TV, several steps behind when it comes to regional DTH broadcasters. When Dialog is working on HD LIVE cricket feeds, other regional broadcasters are talking of 4K broadcasts.
Wait is Dialog doing a 4K upgrade? A laughable thought though. We hope that these steps are actually taken to switch the entire platform to MPEG4 which should give some breathing capacity to add a few more channel until the transponder bug rises again. So Dialog you urgently need new transponders & a total switch to MPEG4. What ever happened to their plan to switch to SupremeSAT.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialop TV as the days progress and we hope we see visible results of this "urgent upgrade" soon.