Friday, November 02, 2007

Hallmark Channel now on LBN

Just a few days after Srilakvahini replaced Max TV on the LBN platform it seems that Hallmark Channel has now replaced Srilakvahini.

In addition LBN will be adding channels such as BBC World, Animax, FTV, Channel V, Zee Sports, Raj TV, etc soon. It looks like the delay was due to lack of some transmission decoders.

Please keep us updated on the latest on LBN as the days progress.


Zam said...

Can you tell me whether it is for LBN Basic Analog package or Digital Package? I hope they will add for Basic...

star said...

Hallmark channel available only on DIGITAL PREMIUM package.

star said...

Sun TV & Kalaignar TV battle it out on air

The channel war between Sun TV and Kalaignar TV took a heated turn on Sunday when both channels engaged in an all out competition to garner the maximum number of viewers.

Sun TV, on one hand telecast an hourlong programme at 11 am, pertaining to the recently held Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, which saw the participation of CM Karunanidhi, Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan etc., Interestingly, the rights to telecast the programme were vested with Kalaignar TV, which in retaliation telecast the Vijay-starrer Ghilli at 11 am, for which the rights are said to be with Sun TV.

It all began when the news announcing the airing of the State awards was flashed across Sun TV from 9 am onwards on Sunday. It surprised most viewers who had not seen any ads pertaining to it and were unaware of it being on the program schedule.

It came as a rude shock for Kalaignar TV, because they had slotted the same programme albeit for a four-hour duration on Diwali. As an immediate damage control measure, Kalaignar TV unexpectedly telecast Ghilli at 11 am despite having other programmes scheduled for that slot. The channel did this after being informed by their sources of Sun TV's plans to screen Ghilli on Diwali.

But, when Sun TV concluded their programme after an hour, Kalaignar TV abruptly put an end to the telecast of Ghilli and continued with their programmes as per schedule. Sources close to A. M. Ratnam, who produced Ghilli confirmed that only Sun TV held the telecast rights to the film. They also revealed that the problem started a week back when Kalaignar TV found that Sun TV intended to telecast Kamal's Vettayadu Vilayadu on Diwali.

According to sources, since the film released only last year, Kalaignar TV objected to this citing rules with regard to telecast of films starring major actors. They also filed a complaint with the Producers Council, headed by Ramanarayanan, the CEO of Kalaignar TV.

When Manickam Narayanan, the producer of Vettayadu Vilayadu was contacted, he said that although he had sold the film's telecast rights to Sun TV, he was not aware about its telecasting date.

He adds, "The date of telecast is decided by the Distributors Federation, which acts as per their whim and fancy without even considering the producers. They can fix any time frame for any film."

He refused to comment further on the issue. Despite several attempts, no official spokesperson was available for comment regarding the channels' future course of action.

Zam said...

Is LBN adding channels to Basic Analog, I can hear audio and scarambled KTV, Star Movies and HBO???

hiru said...

LBN has to address their existing coverage isuues before they add new channels. There is no point giving new channels if it is not properly visible to all customers.
E48 no signal
E52 searching for signal
has been very common these days. Channels 14 to 23 were not visible throught yesterday in our area (Moratuwa)

To my mind LBN is way behind expanding their coverage as they still haven't sorted our the problems with existing coverage /network.

star said...

Dear Mr.Zam,

That is because for the customers who are under Analog premium package. From their decorders they can view the those channels. Others will get only the scarambled pictures. Now LBN not giving Analog premium package to the new customers. If they want they have to go for DIGITAL premium package.

@ Mr.Hiru,

You may need to do research the channels again. It happen to me 3 to 4 times in last few days. But after do the research it is o/k.

I don't thing they can cover all part of Sri Lanka. But they have to improve the quqlity of the exiting cabling system. But we need more & more channels from them. Even with additional payments.

Sudhar said...

As star said, if you find few channels blank signal, the best thing to do is scan. Because many time they are swapping the channels. Once they swapped most of the time that channel will be blank sometime the swapped channel will appear.
Its best to do a scan. Now auto scan will detect all 74 channels, no need to do manual scan.

mad_roker said...

in digital Saudi 1 Replace to Saudi 2 and PTV replace to the Peace TV. retune de decoder

vh fan said...

Thats what we need.

vh fan said...


star said...

latest news about sun direct DTH

OpenTV Announces Deal with Sun Direct TV in India

New Indian Direct-to-Home Satellite Pay-TV Network to Launch MPEG-4 Platform Using OpenTV Solutions

OpenTV Corp. , a leading provider of solutions for the delivery of advanced digital television and cross platform interactive services, announced today that Sun Direct TV has selected OpenTV to provide the end-to-end solution and deployment management enabling its digital television services. In addition, OpenTV will provide Sun Direct TV with a collection of applications that includes a new electronic program guide (EPG), interactive cricket, and multi-angle interactive news.

Sun Direct TV will introduce a new Digital Direct-to-Home (DTH) pay TV network in India and expects to use programming from multiple broadcasters to provide a nationwide service with an emphasis on Southern India. Sun Direct TV will use the latest MPEG-4 based technology to increase broadcast capacity. Its selection of OpenTV as provider of its advanced digital television solution confirms OpenTV's ability to provide next-generation services in fast-growing and emerging markets quickly and efficiently. Sun Direct TV's launch will be supported by Irdeto's conditional access solution.

According to an April 2007 report issued by Media Partners Asia Ltd, India is set to become the top pay television market in Asia Pacific by 2015, with pay TV penetration forecast to grow from 61% of television homes in 2006 to 84% in 2011, then to 90% by 2015. According to the report, DTH homes are estimated to reach 38 million by 2015, up from 2.6 million in 2006.

About OpenTV

OpenTV is one of the world's leading providers of solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive television. The company's software has been integrated in more than 92 million digital set-top boxes and digital televisions around the world, and enables enhanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, enhanced television, interactive shopping, interactive and addressable advertising, games and a variety of consumer care and communication applications.

star said...

Dear all,

A Glad news to inform....
All the rumours ends here...finally SUN Channel signals are available in Insat 4B now.. see the details...
Click here:

Please note that SUN Channels are now available in ECC platform.

It from sun direct DTH.

Kalaingar said...

For Tamil TV Schedules...

hiru said...

Star & Sudhar

Thanks for the comments.

I was later informed by LBN that there was an issue with a equipment (may a transmitter/amp) in that area which was replaced since it was not working when fine tuned initially.

star said...

Music channel from Raj TV

Raj Television Network Ltd is gearing up to launch three new channels by January 2008.

Raj TV managing director Ravindran said they would be launching a 24-hour free-to-air music channel Raj Musix, on December 7. The test run for the music channel is currently on.

Apart from the music channel, they will also be launching a Tamil news channel and a Telugu news channel.

Remo said...

hello guys,
after a long time, just come to say that your unofficial Lbn Channel guide is still available here:

star said...

Raj TV to launch music channel on December 7

Raj Television Network Ltd plans to be a pan-South India player soon. The Group is gearing up to launch three new channels by January 2008. According to Ravindran, Managing Director, Raj TV, the media firm would launch a 24-hour free-to-air music channel Raj Musix on December 7.

“Apart from the music channel we will be launching a Tamil news channel and a Telugu news channel. The Tamil news channel would hit the airwaves on December 14, while the Telugu news channel would go on air from January 2008,” Ravindran said, adding Kannada and Malayalam news channel would follow soon.

The test run for the music channel is currently on. According to Ravindran, unlike the other music channels in the space, Raj Musix would offer an assortment of unique programmes. Both Raj TV and Raj Digital Plus signals are available on DishTV. “We will make our feed available on other DTH platforms when they are launched,”' he added.

Raj TV has two Tamil general entertainment channels – Raj TV and Raj Digital Plus – besides a 24-hour Telugu GEC, Vissa TV.

star said...

So, there are 4 tamil RAJ TV channels which is still not available on LBN.

They are

Hope that LBN will add these channels very soon on their line up.

star said...

NDTV Imagine to launch in January;

NDTV Imagine Ltd. will launch its Hindi general entertainment channel in January and in subsequent two quarters will add a movie and an entertainment channel.

Also in the product pipeline will be a movie and investment towards infrastructure, confirms NDTV Imagine CEO Sameer Nair.

Though Nair did not disclose details on the movie channel, the speculation is that it will be a world cinema channel.

UK-based NDTV Networks Plc, the subsidiary company of NDTV Ltd, has already raised a total of $120 million. NDTV Imagine is expected to consume $106 million.

NDTV Networks has wholly owned subsidiary companies NDTV Imagine and NDTV Lifestyle.

For the Hindi GEC titled NDTV Imagine, the production partners include BBC, Fox, Balaji Telefilms, Sagar Arts, Creative Eye, Rajshri Productions, Synergy Adlabs, Endemol India, SOL, Sphere Origins, and Hats Off Productions.

"We will initially start with around 12 shows, eight of which we have unveiled today. We will have a Balaji show sometime in April. On Sundays, we will also have event-based content," says Nair.

Unlike the other GECs, NDTV Imagine will not have a movie slot. "We will be only after new and hit movies," says Nair.

Karan Johar, who holds a small stake in the company, will also be the channel's brand ambassador and host shows.

NDTV Imagine will have the tagline of "entertain and delight."

The line up of shows include Radha Ki Betiyan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi (DJs), Ek Packet Umeed (Hats Off Productions), Main Teri Parchhain Hoon (Rajshri Films'), Jassuben Jayantilal Joshi Ki Joint Family (Hats Off Productions), Dharam Veer (Sagar Arts'), Raajkumar Aaryyan (Sphere Origin), Nachele Ve with Saroj Khan (SOL) and Dhoom Macha De (SOL).

NDTV Imagine will be one among the other new launches in the GEC space which include INX Media's 9X and the proposed entertainment channel from Viacom 18.

star said...

Mega TV to launch tamil channel.

Congress backed entertainment-cum-news channel Mega TV will go on air on 19 November. The Tamil channel was formally launched by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Though claimed to be a party channel, party sources said it is mainly sponsored by former Union Minister and senior state congress leader K V Thangabalu, reported PTI.

Apart from six news bulletin, the channel will have the usual dose of 'knowledge-based' entertainment and soaps.The programme content consists of shows like Vetri Nichayam, Kaalam Nam Kaiyil and Job dot com.

Remo said...

Sorry for the late Channel guide update. anyway check out the new update

mad_roker said...

Zee Sports is avilable on LBN rplacing zee trendz.