It has been quite a day for Dialog TV & their subscribers, since today after several years of waiting Dialog TV fully converted broadcast systems to MPEG4. Now they are running MPEG4 DVB-S1 for SD channels & MPEG4 DVB-S2 for HD channels. This has naturally resulted in a increase in capacity which results in free space forn many new channels. And yes they did deliver by adding. The following channels have been added.
- Dialog Now
- Siyatha TV
- Varnam TV
- NGC Wild
- Neo Prime
- Outdoor Channel
- Ten Golf
- Sundance Channel
- TLC HD World
- Ten HD
At the moment all the new channels are freely available to all packages for a period of one week. These channels except Ten Golf are being added freely to the Gold package and will be distributed to a few of the other packages too. Regarding Ten Golf, Dialog will have to tread carefully since information coming out the the Zee-Ten camp indicates that they are going in for a Star style rebranding and will also rebrand specialty channels such as Ten Cricket, Ten Action & Ten Golf making the Ten Sports 1 to 4. Ten HD will remain until they launch 4 HD channels to mirror all existing channels. Ten Golf is being Rs 299/= which is much more than Setanta and also more expensive that any HD channel.
We see some blank slots being strategically placed among the channel categories such as Music, Movies, Hindi, Kids, local, etc. These seem to indicate we will see more channels added in these areas soon.
There are some concerns that recording for some channels is being disabled such Star World Premiere HD, hopefully this was a mistake and will be sorted out. Addition we are told that Star Plus was named Zee TV & vice verse, hopefully thats corrected too.
What's next for Dialog? Well sooner or later, Dialog is going to run out space again and this time round they will need to acquire new transponder space. We believe Dialog TV will try to negotiate with local satellite company SupremeSat and switch satellites. However that's likely to take a year or two judging by history or they may just simply make use of a free transponder on the existing one. We however are told that the present satellite is full.
Please keep us updated on the latest on Dialog TV as the days progress.