Monday, July 20, 2015

LBN Cable TV adds Medi Biz TV

LBN cable TV which has been facing some hard times during the recent past have added a new channel, which is being touted as being Sri Lanka's first 24 hour health channel.

The channel is expected to be available on LBN's Colombo network. There is no indication on when or if the channel will be available on LBN's regional network.

In order to stay competitive LBN should start improving the quality of it's regional networks.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

LBN adds "Sindu TV"

With effect from yesterday LBN has added satellite music channel "Sindu TV" to it's line up. The channel which broadcasts on Eutelsat is first & only music channel of Sri Lankan origin.

It's great to see a few developments on LBN after a relatively quite year or two in the past. Whether this is a move that will be continued in the days to come is yet to be seen, however LBN must progress since competition on the pay television sector is to increase soon. 

We are unable to confirm whether this channel is available for regional LBN operations too.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Downgraded Trace TV HD added

LBN have added a downgraded feed of Trace TV HD & will feed it to subscribers as a SD channel. Trace TV which specializes in Urban music genre has been subsequently present in Sri Lanka before being removed by another operator. We are not sure whether this channel will be available to LBN subscribers in all regions.

At present LBN operates an analog & digital service in colombo & an analog service in other parts of the island.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Setanta Sports feed switching for RBS Six Nations

LBN Cable TV will switch feeds of "Setanta Sports Asia" from tomorrow Feb 1st to accommodate the "LIVE" broadcast of the RBS Six Nations Rugby. This means that during the "LIVE" rugby, LBN will carry a different Setanta Sports feed in the channel slot allocated to Setanta Sports.

Firstly thanks should go to Setanta Sports for providing Sri Lankan rugby fans with a separate feed even though Setanta doesn't hold the rights for the majority of countries it covers & Sri Lanka is a relatively small market. Secondly thanks should go to LBN Cable TV for taking steps to ensure that their subscribers do not miss out on the rugby action.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

We take this opportunity to wish our fellow bloggers, the Management & staff of LBN Cable TV Networks

"A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014"

Thank You for your wonderful support during the past year and we look forward to a greater partnership this year.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 a year in review

Looking back at LBN over this past year, there is nothing much to highlight except for the return of the HBO channels which returned after a few months of being not available in Jan this year.

With nothing of significance happening but being looked forward to such as the introduction of HD services, increase in coverage. We hope these dreams are realized at least during 2014.

Monday, November 04, 2013

ESPN Star Sports to undergo major changes... How will LBN Cable TV react?

Originally post by TV & Radio Sri Lanka Blog.... 

ESPN Star Sports to undergo major changes...

Subcontinent feeds of sports channels ESPN Star Sports which are now managed by Star TV in India, are to undergo major changes from 6th Nov 2013. ESPN exited the joint venture last year resulting in the subsequent rebranding of ESPN as "Fox Sports" in Asia. After months of deliberations it has been decided that ESPN will be rebranded under the Star Sports brand in the subcontinent instead of Fox Sports as the rest of Asia.

As per the rebranding exercise, India is rumored to get a dedicated Hindi Sports channel which will also concentrate mainly on Indian domestic sports.

Given below is a quick round of how the channel rebranding exercise will take place
  • Star Sports will become "Star Sports 1" - will showcase mainly premier cricket events.
  • Star Sports 2 will remain as "Star Sports 2" - will showcase mainly premier football events, dual language feed.
  • Star Cricket will become "Star Sports 3" - will showcase largely Hindi content & Indian domestic properties and will also be home to cricket involving India.
  • ESPN will become "Star Sports 4" - will showcase international sports content such as F1, Baseball, etc.

  • Star Cricket HD will become "Star Sports HD 1" - will mainly showcase HD cricket & football.
  • ESPN HD will become "Star Sports HD 2" - will showcase HD football, F1 & Indian domestic content.
The above is just a summary of what is expected, however it's quite clear that there will be changes to the above from time-to-time since this largely depends on the "live" properties that will be carried simultaneously. The exclusive "live" rights for the 2016 Summer Olympic games are with Star Sports and its clear that all 6 channels will the carry games depending on the number of events taking place simultaneously. At the moment Star Sports, ESPN, ESPN HD & Star Cricket are on local pay television platforms meaning that after the rebranding exercise it will be "Star Sports 1", "Star Sports 4", "Star Sports HD 2" & "Star Sports 3" that will be the channels available on local platforms. 

Star Sports 3 is rumored to be mainly Hindi, so the most obvious choice for local operators will be to swap "Star Sports 3" with "Star Sports 2", however in the long run it would mean that content on Star Sports 3 will be missed by locals since it will be mainly Hindi but not 24 hours Hindi and depending on how many "live" properties are simultaneously being carried "live", it highly likely that English content will be available on Star Sports 3 too.

So the best option would be for local operators to carry all 4 SD Star Channels & HD enabled operators to carry all 6 ensuring that locals enjoy the best of sports from Star Sports.