Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MPEG4, reshuffling & new additions

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
  • HTV
  • NGC Wild
  • Neo Prime
  • Outdoor Channel
  • Ten Golf
  • Sundance Channel
  • Zoom
  • TLC HD World
  • Ten HD
We see one promo channel right at the top of the list. The most notable new channels are Varnam TV, Outdoor Channel, Ten Golf & TLC HD World since the others have been on Dialog TV at one time or the other before being booted out in favour of some other. However they do have some more empty channel slots which we believe maybe reserved for some the other channels they advertised such as Disney Junior, CNBC & Star Gold. In the Dialog facebook page we did see that Dialog are also planning to introduce a movie channel with similar content to Star Movies, it maybe Fox Movies Premium or something else.

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.

26 comments:

Unknown said...

No recording option for Star World Premiere HD and TLC. But 2 test channels (empty) can be recorded. I hope that this is a mistake.

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.

Vishwa said...

is NG Wild is ME feed?
Good to see that outdoor channle is Asian feed
i would love to TLC HD Asian feed than Indian version.. will see

btw.. MY STB automatically search for channels once in every hour like

Unknown said...

Same with my STB. Dialog says they do a reset for all STB once in a while until the reshuffling is finished. I hope it is finished soon.

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Vishwa said...

Is outdoor channel scale down version of its HD? the channels LOGO says HD...

star said...

Why they can't add some quality channels on these new lots?

E2C said...

Is it true that mtv asia gonna available on dtv

maduranga hashan said...

My channel list is still incomplete any one can help me how to find all channels after this re shuffle?

maduranga hashan said...

There are only 94 channels displaying on my screen also many channels are still not working how can I find all 120 channels?

Lishan said...

@ maduranga hashan

Do a rescan.

Lishan said...

We need a quality movie channel. now HBO also telecasting repeat movies.

Dialog try to add new movie channel.

Vishwa said...

@Madhuranga.. what is your STB model.. if its an old model then it might not get channels in the last TP (you see any HD channel in the line up!)

@Lishan-when it comes to movie channels they do repeat same movie for several times.. that is common to many.. I'm watching sky movies (06 chs) using IPTV they too repeat the same over and over..

Hoever i hope they way DTV has reserved testing slots.. there going to some movies channels in the line up.. will hope for the best (i Think SONY_Asia has some good movie channels!)

maduranga hashan said...

@vishwa..actually I don't know model of my STB however I brought my connection 2013 and I have displaying some HD channels but its not working

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Lishan said...

@ Vishwa

Yes DTV has improved a lot since last year. Lets hope for the best.

Danusker P said...

Are they adding any Hindu/Tamil Channels

Vishkid said...

They are apparently upgrading the SW on some decoders tonight.

DaNuKa DaNaNjAyA said...

Test channels කවදා ඉදන්ද වැඩ කරන්නේ?

hr. indiketiya said...

at ieast they didnt add siyatha tv & vernam tv to the "ruby" package. cc said we are old customers. as i know dtv should concider much more about ruby packages. bcz we were with them from the begining.

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Gihan Chamila said...

we need new movie channel.

Viraj Danushka said...

Test channels කවදා ඉදන්ද වැඩ කරන්නේ?

Vishwa said...

Disney Junior has added...

star said...

CNBC test channel added