Friday, February 6, 2015

Dialog TV "urgent upgrade"

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. 

48 comments:

Priyantha said...

Star Sports 1 HD
TLC HD
Star Gold HD
going to be add...But Star sports 4HD not going to be add. But its very important for Sri lanka. Star sports 4HD telecast all international sports ( Except Indian )..Like Football, Formula 1 , Tennis and other...I think Dialog should add Pix HD, Ten Hd, Star Sports 1HD, Star Sports 4 Hd, Sony six Hd, for complete Sports Package and Movies now Hd,Z Studio Hd for movies Package...its going to be more satisfaction their customers..

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...

Priyantha ten hd ad කරන්නේ මේ 9වෙනිදා වෙන upgrade එකෙදිද

E2C said...

where's the fox movies premium hd ?

i heard they r going add ten golf and neo sports

just crappy indian feeds

Vishkid said...
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Vishkid said...

How many channels is Dialog adding? I saw a channel list going up to 120 - that's a massive increment, if true. OTOH, I see that they have listed 7 specific channels which means the rest of the slots are placeholders. Does it mean they have secured more TP space?

I love what they did with Sentanta - looks like we are getting an HD feed. Hope they don't downgrade that to the old feed/transponder once the shuffle is done. Rugby fans in SL would pay a premium (above current 100/-) to have rugby on HD.

We must appreciate Dialog doing this much with a mere 350k customers. The big name Indian DTH operators we are comparing DTV has at least 5 million subscribers!

Priyantha said...

Setanta HD now in dialog tv .. Good move

Janith Dananjaya said...

Monawada add karana deshiya nalika.ko tama channel line up eka 91ne,,

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...

91 channels. they still not upgraded. but why?

Unknown said...

Still no changes today and I miss Discovery Turbo

Unknown said...

Still no changes today and I miss Discovery Turbo

thusharaweb said...

Why still not add 120 channels

Unknown said...

Further, the channel line up modification has been postponed at the  moment. However, we will check the possibility of completing the same at out earliest possible.

Unknown said...

Further, the channel line up modification has been postponed at the  moment. However, we will check the possibility of completing the same at out earliest possible.

Vishkid said...

Well, we can assume 2/14 is a valid deadline. Otherwise they are as good as dead :)

leyland said...

Looks like this is an indefinite postponement.... A scroller on AXN HD last night says that it will be replaced with Star Sports HD1 from 13th Feb to 29th March for the duration of the CWC.

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DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...

නංගි පෙන්නලා අක්කා දෙන වැඩ ඩයලොග් එකේ අය කරන්නේ ගිය සතියේ කෑගැහුවා අලුතින් slot හදලා Star Sports 1HD එක දෙනවා කියලා. දැන් කියනවා. AXN HD අයින් කරලා. Star Sports 1HD දෙනවා කියලා .

Roshan De Mel said...

DTV add star sports HD1 ,but star sports announce they telecast SL v NZ match at HD4.

දිමුතු said...

For those who have TV's with digital receivers, Star Sports HD1 & Star Sports HD2 now available with earlier testing frequency (CH50).

Both are telecasting in HD & don't know for how long. (HD1 is under Saudi Quran slot & HD2 is under Peace TV slot)

Unknown said...

For all the guys who are using DIALOG TV / Peo Tv, don't pay for the channel they ask you to pay because they have blocked channel eye. This is simply unethical business. you have right to watch what you have paid for. So don't pay for any other channel. Just use any of the below link to watch the match. Say NO to UNETHICAL BUSINESSES!
http://watchcric.net/channel/live-cricket-5
http://matchcentre.starsports.com/cricket/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015-164/newzealand-vs-srilanka-173979/live-video

Vishkid said...

Well, streaming a cricket match is not the alternative eh? I can understand if it was a rugby match but how much bandwidth does it cost (direct cost or opportunity cost) to stream a full cricket match in relative HD? Compare that with the monthly rental of an HD channel where you can watch at least 15 matches .. this is without even considering the connection quality of broadband ...
IF what you really want to do is to watch Channel Eye, just get an antenna!

Asanka said...

Starsports HD2 totally Hindi, I want English version......
Please add Starsports HD4

Unknown said...

Why does everybody NEED HD? Just watch the SD channels.

don said...

When someone has a HD capable TV set and has already activated an HD Package it is reasonable to ask for a HD channel which gives commentaries in English not in Hindi, rather than paying more money to activate another channel(SD) to listen to English commentary.
the picture quality is also better in HD

don said...

at the bottom of the dialog box there is a statement saying "This blog does not allow anonymous comments". but still we can see comments from unknown. I cannot understand how does this happen. any comments

Unknown said...

I don't see any difference between HD and SD in the picture quality. Only the ratio is better. 16:9. I rather pay for the gold package than to pay too much money for HD.

Vishkid said...

Apparently unknown does not have an HD tv. We can excuse him/her for that! :)

Unknown said...

Apparently I have a brand new Samsung LED smart TV. I bet you can't tell the difference between SD and HD picture quality. And why I'm here as "unknown" : I have no idea. I'm registered with name and email.And I have subscribed Star World Premiere HD because it's a different channel.
Best regards

Unknown

star said...

If some one don't see the different between SD and HD TV channel, please go and read what is HD channel and why in the world people are going towards HD channel.

Now, we are seeing some World Cup matches in 4K quality tv channel.

Still, if you want to watch in SD, better for you to watch in Eye channel rather than go for Dialog tv.



Unknown said...

I apologize. I think it depends on what TV you have. I yesterday visited a friend. He has also dialog and an HD TV. But for his TV he paid only a fourth than I paid for my TV. And on his TV I could see the difference between SD and HD. So again my apologies, when you have a cheep TV it's better to use HD channels.
I will now unsubscribe from this chat because I thought I could learn something, but I was mistaken.

Vishkid said...
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Unknown said...
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Vishkid said...

Well in every forum you get trolls and what not. This one is no different.
We indeed are privileged have an 'expensive' individual who cannot spell 'cheap', who thinks streaming HD is better than paying for HD, who cannot see the difference between SD and HD in the TV that is four times expensive than what the rest of the world has etc etc. All the more merrier! :)

.. and welcome to DTV forum!

BTW, has anyone used those ultra-slim flat TV antennas (that look like a mouse pad, for the lack of a better comparison)? They are rated for both Digital and Analog signals in the UHF spectrum, I was hoping to test one out to capture the digital broadcast that we've been hearing about in the forum. The tv has a digital tuner, but I'm guessing (I tried) that you cannot capture anything without even a simple ariel?

Vishkid said...

So the channel addition/reshuffle is going to happen on 18th?
E! and Turbo which was not there in the Diamond pkg before is now active for Diamond. Wonder how they will allocate the new channels to the existing packages ...

Vishwa said...

YEs.. Finally.. but can someone pls indicate the list of channels gonna come..

Dialog HD fan said...

ARTv is a good local channel with quality programming.It is included in LBN cable network also which has very limited coverage.We should urge DTV to add it also to their lineup.And we need more international channels with quality programming.DTV must seriously reconsider about the slots of CCTV, Russia Today

star said...

20 Test channels added by Dialog TV today.

It includes Ten HD and TLC HD.

star said...

Also includes NGC Wild, Zoom, Sundance and Ten Golf.

Rest are with just Test name.

Lishan said...

How to remove old channel line-up form list. Because I did a scan and now my old line-up is there with new line-up.

Unknown said...

Star World Premiere HD and TLC are no longer available for recording. What a shame.

Unknown said...
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leyland said...

@Lishan I did a Factory Reset and it was ok after that. If it asks for a password to do the factory reset try 0000 or 1234

E2C said...

No fox movies premium hd
but they add most important zoom tv india and neo prime

Vishwa said...

I'm a Perl Packager... BBC World, Cinemax and Neo Prime have added to my package.
except three test channels all the test channels are working for me for the moment... TLC HD, Nat GEO Wild, Sudant, TEN HD, TEN Golf, Zoom, Outdoor CH and some other test channels with colour bars..

Anyone got an idea how DTV is going to activate each of these channels on each of existing packages

nilu said...

do anyone knows the full channel list that will be available in DTV ?.

Lishan said...

@leyland

Thank you, I will try it.

Unknown said...

It's very upsetting that they reset every 30 minutes or so. My personal channel list and the timer entries for recording are gone every time and my recordings are incomplete because of the reset.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

Please continue commenting under the latest post titled "MPEG4, reshuffling & new additions".

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