Friday, November 30, 2007

Zee Sports now on LBN

Zee Sports the sports channel that is part of the Zee television network has replaced Zee Trendz on LBN. The Zee television network acquired a pis also a shareholder of Ten Sports.

Zee Sports has the live broadcast rights to the Indian Cricket League which commences today. With the addition of Zee Sports, all sports channel in this region are now available on LBN. LBN is expected to add more channels in due course.

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

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star said...

Now, LBN replaces JAYA TV with MEGA TV. No more DW TV in their line up.

Sad news that LBN could not get JAYA TV signal after DD DTH stop telecasting JAYA TV & DW TV.

LBN should try C Band satellite INSAT 2E,3B,4A (83.0E) for the JAYA TV. On this satellite, you can get all the tamil channels except SUN network channels. You can get JAYA TV, JAYA PLUS, JAYA MAX, MEGA TV, MAKAL TV, etc....

LBN should add JAYA TV immediately because it is a very good tamil channel.

star said...

SUN DIRECT DTH test signals are now available on KU band INSAT 4B satellite 993.5E). It will start its operation very soon.

Please book your order near your local agent.

star said...

Now, from DD DTH

3 Tamil channels are removed.

1. Sun TV
2. Sun News
3. Jaya TV

Addition to the above 2 more channels are also removed.
1. Kairali (Malayalam)
2. DW TV (International)

New Tamil Channels 2 are added

1. Makkal TV
2. Mega TV

Lot of changes on DD DTH & that affects DISH TV customers too.

hiru said...

Travel & Living channel has a audio/video timing difference. Lets hope LBN addresses the isuue soon.

Zam said...

I WANT TO KNOW WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN WE LOST ZEE TRENDZ FROM LBN BASIC ANALOG AND NOT REPLACED BY ANOTHER CHANNEL? WHEN LBN IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THEIR ANALOG CONNECTIONS WHY DON'T THEY REPLACE IT WITH DIGITAL? AT A NOMINAL RATE...AND FINALLY CAN SOME ONE SAY WHAT MORE CHANNELS WE GET IF WE SUBSCRIBE TO DIGITAL BASIC FROM ANALOG BASIC

Mushi said...

I also agree that LBN should add JAYA TV again, it had some good programs

star said...

SUN DIRECT DTH starts now.

Total No. of channels = 92
DD DTH Channels = 50

Total as at now = 142.

Within 2 months they will add another 100 channels.

Totally 92 Channels under test,including 3 FM.

1) Sun TV
2) K TV
3) Sun News
4) Sun Music
5) Chutti TV
6) VI TEST
7) L TEST
8) SS Music
9) Shakti
10) Raj Music
11) Jaya TV
12) Sanskar
13) God TV
14) Angel TV
15) Aakash Bangla
16) Gemini TV
17) Gemini News
18) Teja TV
19) Gemini Music
20) ETV Telugu
21) ETV 2
22) Maa TV
23) TV9
24) T TEST
25) Bakthi TV
26) E TEST
27) TEST
28) C V-1
29) B4u Music
30) STM TEST
31) ETV Bengali
32) ShalomTV
33) SM
34) SP
35) SO
36) SU
37) SG
38) Sur Sangeeth
39) Yo Music
40) Sahara
41) ETV Urdu
42) SuryanFM
43) SFM - Hyderabad
44) SFM - Bangalore
45) Kairali
46) DW TV
47) Udaya
48) Udaya 2
49) Udaya Varthegalu
50) Ushe TV
51) TV9 Kannada
52) Zee Kannada
53) ETV Kannada
54) Asianet Suvarna
55) K TEST
56) SW
57) NDTV Good Times
58) Fashion TV
59) N TV
60) NE TV
61) MI Marathi
62) Nepal TV
63) Surya TV
64) Kiran TV
65) Asianet
66) Asianet News
67) Asianet Plus
68) Kairali People
69) Kairali We
70) Manorama News
71) India Vision
72) Amrita
73) Jeevan
74) ETC Punjabi
75) N 1
76) H C
77) ETV Oriya
78) O TV
79) ETV Marathi
80) TV5 Intl
81) Jai TEST
82) NDTV 24x7
83) NDTV Profit
84) SN
85) India TV
86) India TV
87) Day TEST
88) 7 Star Care
89) Zee Music
90) NDTV India
91) ABC
92) MM Cochin

refer for full list of channels

http://www.satcodx3.com/0936/eng/

Kalaingar said...

I hear that Comet Cable is in trouble, I think LBN will also have the same fate if they don't improve. Last week I inquired about the channels in Digital Basic from their hotline twice on the same day, in the morning I was told I will 50 channels, in the evening I was told I will have everything except Ten Sports, Star Cricket and HBO Channels. I am puzzled and dropped the idea of switching to Digital. Even their call centre executives doesn't know what they are offering, so how on earth can we be sure what we will get

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podiman said...

@STAR,
Will there be a local agent for SUNNETWORKS in Sri Lanka? If so please let us know.

star said...

@ podiman,

There are few who already apply for it. I will give you details once they are ready to give the connection.

@ kalaingar,

You are right. Most of the staff they don't know the channel line on LBN. But, please go to their office & collect a brochure. It will give you the full list. But, I will say their DIGITAL picture quality is the BEST.

podiman said...

@STAR
I reckon they launch the SUNNETWORKS in Tamilnadu. When you get some information please let us know. Hope there will be a local agent in Sri Lanka.

Remo said...

Hello guys,
check out the updated channel guide

http://www.sharinfo.net/lbn/

star said...

Jayalalithaa launches Jaya Plus & Jaya Max TV channels

AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa launched two additional channels hoping to strengthen her Jaya TV basket and put up some fight for share of Tamil viewership. Jaya Plus will be a 24-hour news channel with current affairs, talk shows, political interviews and debates on fiscal issues thrown in, while Jaya Max will provide non-stop music, according to K. P. Suneel, Vice-president (news), Jaya TV.

The former chief minister drove from her suburban Sirathavur farmhouse, where she has been holidaying for the last few days, to switch on the two new channels.

Addressing the staff at Jaya TV, which is she controls along with the family of friend Sasikala Natarajan, she exuded confidence that the new channels would become highly popular and wanted those in charge of programming to do their best to produce aesthetic and contemporary fare.

Kalaingar said...

Thanks all of you for bothering to reply, my simple question to LBN is when they say they will stop support for analog, why do they want to promote analog, I have seen they have put up pallets all around coverage areas. Secondly, for digital they want Rs. 8,050/-, 4000-odd more, one could get Dialog, that too in 12 Months instalment scheme.

Amaris said...

Kalaingar:

Have you seen the new dialog monthly rental charges? Do you actually think Dialog is better than LBN.

When you say "4000-odd more, one could get Dialog, that too in 12 Months instalment scheme" you seem to imply that people only get LBN as they don't have the money to get Dialog!

Isn't LBN better in every single way except may be in marketing.

Connection charges are cheaper
Rentals are less
Picture quality is better
Channel selection is better

than DTV....

and anyway WHY would any reasonable logical person WANT to pay 4000/- more for DTV? What do they give that LBN don't?

Kalaingar said...

I accept that LBN has more channels, but it is the quality more than quantity that should matter. They are some channels making only numbers in LBN, For e.g. God & EWTN. Moreover, Yesterday Vijay TV was censored by LBN saying that viewers in Sri Lanka are not authorized to view the particular programme. I don't know why that should happen when we have paid to watch? (Can someone confirm that Vijay was censored by every service provider in SL?), I think you would be able to get more channels in Dish TV than any other TV

Amaris said...

Kalaingar:

What does DTV offer (at their inflated price) that LBN doesn't. I agree the number of channels are not as important as the quality of content. But LBN offers almost all of DTV's channels and more.....don't they?

star said...

@ Kalaingar,

Please note that some of the programs on Vijay Tv is only for Indian viewers. Vijay Tv don't have the right to telecast to other countries. Specially Sunday english movie with tamil audio. This is Vijay Tv problem & not LBN. If you have a DISH TV with Indian address card then you can watch that program on DISH TV.

star said...

Jaya TV launches two channels

AIADMK has started its test run for its two upcoming channels under the 'Jaya' brand.

The two channels include a 24-hour news channel Jaya Plus and a music channel Jaya Max.

According to officials, full-time transmission of the new channels will begin by January from the group's studios in Ekkaduthangal on the city's southern outskirts.

The Jaya TV group has been operating only one channel for the past nine years, which offers mixed fare including entertainment and news.

Jayalalitha has long been alleging that up-linking permission had been withheld as long as Dayanidhi Maran, younger brother of Kalanidhi Maran, was union minister of telecommunications and IT.

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Kalaingar said...

Thank you all, off subject, I want to know whether Tatasky is available in SL? if, how can I get it?

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R-ADAG to storm DTH market in March next

The direct-to-home television market in India is all set to sizzle early next year, when the younger Ambani plans to launch Reliance-ADAG’s BIG DTH hoping to repeat the magic Reliance wrought on the mobile phone scene years ago. Industry sources say Reliance-ADAG executives are lobbying hard to get the government mandate conditional access system (CAS) in 55 cities, just in time for BIG DTH launch.

The advent of CAS will force consumers to make a choice between cable TV, internet TV and DTH, thus helping BIG DTH play the volume game efficiently. The strategy includes attractive subscription offers that would seek to lure viewers further away from cable TV, the sources said. Reliance executives close to the DTH venture confirmed the move to ET.

For one, Reliance is in advanced talks with Toshiba to sign an agreement for about 15 million LCD TVs, to be given along with the DTH connection. The proposal deal stands like this: BIG DTH will offer its DTH connection for Rs 10,000-12,000 and the consumer will get a Toshiba LCD TV free along with the DTH hardware. Also, subscription will be free for the first six months or so.

Bharti, the other player that is also entering the DTH space, is also learnt to be lobbying for the implementation of CAS. The Bharti DTH project, is learnt to be ready to take off, but the company has decided to hold its launch, for a more opportune entry into the market.

Both players, Reliance and Bharti will combine their telecom services with DTH and IPTV and look at pushing both categories, and in turn cleaning out the cable market.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had mandated CAS in certain areas of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata last year, stating that this was being looked at as an experiment to actually test if CAS as a technology could look at bringing addressability in the broadcast industry.

However, due to the price freeze imposed on by Trai, broadcasters seem to find it an unviable business proposition. In fact, the broadcast fraternity have made several representations to the information & broadcast ministry stating that CAS has been a failure and has not taken off in areas where it has been mandated.

The call to mandate CAS across India is clearly a tough call and actually borders on a much larger issue of being more a political issue. For Mr Ambani to actually swing it is going to be a mammoth task, considering the various stakeholders such as cable operators and broadcasters, who will go all out to oppose the move.

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Yuktiya said...

Lanka's first ever uninterrupted satellite TV channel launched
Film Directress Sumithra Peries launched Sri Lanka's first uninterrupted 24 hour cinema satellite TV channel CITI HITZ on Monday in Colombo.

This channel includes Sinhala movies, tele-dramas and interviews with cinema artistes.

Chairman of ONAIR WORLD PVT LTD Nimal Laxapathiarchchi says this channel would be aired through the Dailog TV. "The local film industry has faced many problems and most of film theatres face low income due to the drop in film viewers. However we introduced this cinema channel to attract local viewers and cater the industry", he said.

Chief Guest Sumithra Peries said the mobile phone service providers must introduce hand phone TV channels to popularise cinema and other tele-dramas in Sri Lanka.

According to the ONAIR WORLD the CITYHITZ will feature a unique blend of Sinhala movies, tele-dramas to attract viewers. The viewers can enjoy the content uninterrupted, with no commercial breaks. The channel will carry full length Sinhala movies and dramas ranging from classic hits of the 1960s to the latest blockbusters.

The DIALOG Telecom said its TV channel has over 50,000 viewers and plans to attract another 100,000 viewers within next year.

The channel uses digital broadcasting system to telecast its programmes and the Chief Executive Officer of the Television Nushad Perera said the DIALOG plans to introduce mobile phone based TV channel within a short period.

Courtesy: Asian Tribune

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star said...

RELIANCE DTH ON MEASAT-3

Its Finally Official - Anil Ambani's Reliance 'Blue Magic' DTH Platform will Launch On The Measat-3 Satellite.

According to the Indian DTH regime, DTH transponders are to be availed of, from the Indian Space Research Organisations (ISRO) that owns and maintains the all the Indian satellites including the INSAT system of communications satellites.

ISRO also manufactures all its satellites and even launches a few of them. Satellites are planed years in advance. ISRO has been caught unprepared by the sudden huge demand for Ku Band DTH transponders for Indian DTH platforms. While ISRO's recent birds have able to provide adequate Ku Band transponders for the new TataSky DTH platform, they have been unable to meet the requirement of Reliance's BlueMagic DTH platform.

The Airtel-Bharti DTH platform is also likely to launch next year, and it remains to be seen if ISRO's new bird will be launched in time for Bharti DTH or whether international transponders will have to be subleased for Bharti DTH too.

To meet the required demand of licensed DTH platforms like Reliance, ISRO leases the transponders from international satellite operators and sub-leases them to the DTH platform.

MEASAT

Measat is part of the Malaysia based ASTRO group which also has its own DTH platform serving Malaysia, Indonesia and neighbouring countries.

The Measat-3 Footprint Also Covers Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & Parts Of Burma/Myanmar

MEASAT-3

The Measat=3 satellite is a Boeing 601HP satellite, located at 91.5 degrees East. It has 12 C band and 12 Ku Band transponders of 36 MHz each.

The C Band Transponder footprint is loaclised around Malaysia and Indonesia & does not cover the Indian Subcontinent.

The Measat-3 footprint of its 12 Ku Band transponders sharply focuses on India, but also provides strong signals over Bangladesh, Pakistan & even Afghanistan.

8 MEASAT TRANSPONDERS

Measat Satellite Systems and ANTRIX Corporation Limited ("Antrix") - the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization ("ISRO"), signed an agreement for leasing Ku-Band transponders on the MEASAT-3 satellite at 91.5 deg East. The agreement was signed on 1st November 2007.

Under the agreement, Antrix will lease 8 Ku-band transponders on MEASAT-3, with an option to increase the number subsequently. The transponders will be used by Antrix to support the launch and development of a commercial new Direct-to-Home (DTH) TV platform in India. While the Antrix-MeaSat press release did not mention the new Indian DTH platform, it is generally accepted that it is the RCom owned Reliance Blue Magic DTH platform.

MPEG-4 COMPRESSION

Reliance's BlueMagic will use MPEG-4 compression, which will allow it to pack twice as many TV channels per transponder, compared to the older MPEG-2 technology deployed by DishTV and TataSky.

Maran's Sun Direct DTH has also deployed MPEG-4 compression.

MPEG-4 can be deployed on any satellite transponder, but requires MPEG-4 Satellite receivers which are currently not only in short supply globally, but also cost twice as much compared to MPEG-2 transponders. Most MPEG-4 satellite receivers are backward compatible, and can receive MPEG-2 transmissions. As a result, TataSky and DishTV have the option to deploy; in future; MPEG-4 STBs for (Bandwidth hungry) High Definition TV (HDTV) Transmissions, for Premium service customers.

alf said...

STAR,

MACHANG,ARE YOU LIVING IN INDIA OR SRI LANKA?YOU SPEAK ABOUT DTH SERVICES IN INDIA RIGHT?

SUDHAR
EVERYWHERE ITS THE SAME,EVEN AT DTV THEY HAVE MESSED UP THE BILLING AND THEY HAVE SOME HOW IMPROVED IT

I ALSO AGREE THAT IF YOU ARE WITHIN THE COVERAGE LBN IS THE BEST OPTION,BUT THE THING IS THEY DONT EVEN COVER 2% OF THE COUNTRY AND MOST POTENTIAL SUBSCRIBERS DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS.

star said...

Dear Mr,Alf,

I am living in Sri Lanka most of the time. All these Indian services are available in Sri Lanka too. That is why I am always giving some information about their services.

Every one in Sri Lanks can get their services through authorised agents.

podiman said...

@Star,
Is there any news about SUN DIRECT local agent in Sri Lanka. I would like to get one, is there any possiblity.

star said...

DISH TV WILL ADD MORE KU BAND

Subhash Chandra-promoted Agrani Satellite Services Ltd is acquiring 14 per cent stake and will invest $64 million in ProtoStar satellite.

Agrani Satellite Services will have all the 14 Ku-band transponders of the satellite, enhancing Dish TV's capacity to offer more channels to its direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers.

"We will be investing $64 million over a five-year period. The satellite will help boost Dish TV's transponder capacity," Zee Network whole time director Punit Goenka told. Goenka is also Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) network operating officer.

This will be ProtoStar Ltd's first satellite and is scheduled to launch in May 2008. ProtoStar 1 will also have 12 C-band transponders and will launch from Kourou in French Guyana.

ProtoStar Ltd. has already announced that it would be leasing out five C-band transponders to PlanetSky Ltd. of Limassol, Cyprus.

Dish TV is looking to expand its channel offerings. The DTH service provider is adding two transponders on NSS-6 satellite in January. This will take its total number of transponders on NSS to 11.

ProtoStar Ltd, a Bermuda corporation, is funded by a clutch of venture firms - New Enterprise Associates, VantagePoint Venture Partners and RedShift Ventures. The satellite services company acquires, launches and operates high-power geostationary satellites for DTH satellite television in the Asia-Pacific region.

alf said...

STAR

ANY NEWS ABOUT WHAT DISH TV WILL ADD TO THEIR LINEUP WITH THE NEW TRANSPONDER?WHY DONT THEY ADD CHANNELS LIKE NEO?

Zam said...

LBN has added a Saudi Channel to please muslim viewers during the Haj period replacing Channel News Asia, which I must say is COOL,

star said...

@ALF,

DISH TV now add 01 more TRANSPONDER with 10 test channels. They will add 2 more TRANSPONDERs in Jan'08 with 30 channels. I have no idea about their channels. Hope, we will get some good channels. We may get JAYA TV.

With reference to NEO channels, I don't thing they will add because of the problem between BCCI & ZEE.

podiman said...

@Star,
Is it possible to buy DISH TV over here. Have you got any contacts??

star said...

@ podiman,

You can by DISH TV in Sri Lanka. There are lot of authorised agents. Please check the STAR TV LANKA website for the full details. Also refer SUNDAY TIMES paper where few of them advertise every week.

City Hits said...

www.cityhits.blogspot.com

podiman said...

@star,
I want to get one from India as I am going for a multiroom connection too. The local guys does not have that. That is way I want to get it down from India.

star said...

@ podiman,

There are lot of agents in INDIA for DISH TV. But, how do you get it down from India? Normally, if you by in India, you have to give the local address. Then, you have to bring it from their to Sri Lanks & ask your local person to install. You also have to get TRC clearence to clear it from the Air-port unless you have someone in the air-port.

But, normally, for multiroom connection, they will come & install it. They don't give the card to us to install because we can use that for 2 connections,

alf said...

STAR

I DONT THINK YOU GOT THE FACTS RIGHT.STARTVLANKA DOES NOT HAVE THE FULL DISH TV PACKAGE(LIKE YOU GET ONLY ZEE MOVIES FOR A ENGLISH MOVIE CHANNEL AND NO TEN SPORTS)ALL IN ALL ABOUT 75% OF THE GOOD CHANNELS IN THE ORIGINAL DISH MAXI PACKAGE IS NOT THERE IN THE CONNECTION ISSUED BY STAR TV LANKA(EVEN THE RENTAL IS MORE AND YOU HAVE TO PAY IT QUATERLY).

PODIMAN,YOU CAN GET THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE FROM TELECAVE DEHIWELA WHICH HAS ALL THE CHANNELS OF THE MAXI PACKAGE.YOU CAN GET IT DOWN FROM INDIA IF YOU HAVE SOURCE BASED IN INDIA OR YOU CAN GET IT THROUGH UNOFFICIAL DEALERS WHO BRING DOWN 10-15 BOXES AT A TIME.BRINGING DOWN A BOX IS NO BIG SCENE AND YOU CAN FIND ENOUGH PEOPLE TO INSTALL.

podiman said...

@alf,
Installing is not a big deal. I want a maxi package with a multiroom connection. If you know anybody please let me know.

star said...

@ ALF,

You are right. STAR TV LANKA does not have full package.

Telecave advertise on SUNDAY TIMES every week. They have DISH MAXI package with SUN channels. They are not in Dehiwala but in Wellawatte.

alf said...

PODIMAN

IF YOU CAN POST YOUR EMAIL I CAN SEND YOU SOME CONTACTS.EVEN TELECAVE WILL BE ABLE TO BRING IT DOWN FOR YOU AS IT SEEMS THEY ARE BRINGING DOWN THE MAXI CONNECTIONS WITH THE BLESSING OF LASHMAN HULUGALLE.YOU CAN GET THE NUMBER FROM THE DIRECTORY AND SPEAK TO A GUY CALL ROSHAN WHO HANDLES THE MAXI PACKAGE AT TELECAVE.

alf said...

PODIMAN

BY THE WAY DISH MAXI HAS STAR MOVIES AND HBO WITH THE INDIAN FEED (LOT OF COMMERCIALS AS IN ZEE STUDIO) AND EVEN AXN IS INDIAN.THEY DO NOT HAVE HBO SIG,CINEMAX.HBO HITZ & FAMILY,NEO & AUSTRALIAN NETWORK.

podiman said...

@alf,
I am not very that much of a movie lover. My email is cyriljanz@yahoo.com. Please send me the contacts. I will ask telecave about it. By the way I heard Hullugala is going to get the SUN DIRECT agency too.