Tuesday, February 26, 2008

LBN Wattala loosing channels

According to reports from LBN subscribers in the wattala over the last few months they have been steadily loosing channels. When LBN took over Multivision operated cable networks there were around 50 channels but now it seems to have dropped to 30.

According they have lost news channels expect for Al Jazeera and all music channels.

We hope LBN rectifies this problem with their Wattala operations since their colombo operations are steadily progressing. However if this problem is not rectified LBN subscribers in Wattala may switch operators.

21 comments:

Kalaingar said...

I think the problem is not only with Wattala, even the Colombo channels, the same thing applies, Last month there were 74 channels when we scanned, now there is 73 including Channel V, which is strangely blank in my digital connection. I also think they should update their website, which is very compulsory for a cable tv company. They have not given us any new channels for sometime, and we have some replacements.

star said...

Now, Zee Trenze is not available on Digital. That is the reason to get 73 channels. Still channel V is not active in Digital mode. Therefore, actual No. of channels in Digital is 72.

I thing last 5 months LBN not add any channels. They only replaced few channels.

Still JAYA TV is missing. Why LBN can't add any more channels?

From inside information, LBN is planning to come with some special offers & new packages in April. They have already got down 20 new decorders to telecast 20 new channels.

LKDOOD said...

LBN will have to fight with DTV to keep there current customers

LKDOOD said...

IPTV finds Cable TV a threat to competition

By Ravindu Peiris(Daily Mirror)

Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) introduced to Sri Lanka by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is threatened by the competition offered by Cable TV and Satellite TV providers.

SLT Head of IP and Broadband Networks Division Priyankar Udugodage said that although they can offer IPTV for low prices the Cable TV providers such as Dialog TV are already providing such for low prices. "That is where the issue is, the Cable TV competitors" he said at the Cisco Media Offsite 2008. SLT which has already obtained the license for IPTV can offer it wherever DSL is offered.

A significant feature of IPTV according to Udugodage is that in IPTV the customers decide when to watch the programmes and not the broadcasters. "The copper lines which have been placed can bring high speed internet to your computers as well as DVD quality TV" he affirmed.

Udugodage moreover revealed that if it was not IPTV they could portray higher prices but because it is IPTV they can talk about offering it to customers at a very reasonable cost. He revealed that SLT Broadband is experiencing a 100 percent growth with 60,000 households opting for broadband in the island.

"Although we laid the fibre up to Jaffna it was disconnected but it has been spread even to Vavuniya and they are able to enjoy ADSL" he said.

He confirmed that in the next few years the networking and communication system will be imperative to the Sri Lankans like water and electricity as the network in this country is evolving to an IP standard. "In the future there would be one converged network for broadband be it wired or wireless. Now we have separate lines and fees for everything but in the future it would be only the IP Wide Area Network Broadband" he said.

He pointed out that in those days it was a mere public communication network with just the voice being broadcast.

However now it has transformed in the last 15 years going beyond voice and now offering various multimedia services. He noted that it was Cisco who pioneered the IP routers in Sri Lanka and also supported the SLT to enhance and develop the company's networks.


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star said...

JAYA TV now available on DISH TV.

Total No. of channels : 181

Total No. of Tamil channels : 16

Blue Star said...

Wattala is a good potential area , so LBN has to consider upgrade wattala as Colombo.

sithma said...

This episode on IPTV has a lot to write about. Having read comments on introduction of IPTV in Sri Lanka, prompted me to do some research on the net. It appears most of the big league guys such as BT, Singtel, Reliance, France Telecom have or about to have an IPTV offering in their service portfolio. But then…this is Sri Lanka. I am trying to dig stats on the number of customers changing from Satellit,DTH offering to Cable,IPTV but still not got. All indications are with SLT joining the TV arena, will make the service provider industry more competitive and thus bringing the prices down which is a welcome move and make it more affordable to the average customer. SLT has by far the biggest and diverse customer segments, with people of all walks of life.

Also with rumours of SLT upgrading their core IP network to 10G, would make these services faster to the end customer. After all SLT needs a very good distributed ADSL and fiber network, and a resilient core network to provide bandwidth reservation for IPTV services. Also IPTV would change the whole landscape of the TV industry bringing in the Interactive part where the customer has a choice of when/where he wants to watch the movie. I myself would like to watch movies and episodes at the time I like.

Rumour has it that DTV in a frantic move, is countering the competition by giving free decoders to premium customers, and testing MPEG4 transmission to enable them to b’cast more channels. All in all, if SLT get things in perspective, we would be not having problems of sudden channel shut out during rains and winds (no more blames on Global Warming!!), and heavy pixellation in viewing, an intrinsic issue in the Ku band reception

star said...

Film star and DMDK leader Vijayakanth is all set to launch a Tamil TV channel and a vernacular newspaper to help take his political campaigns to the masses. The channel will be launched on Pongal day (January 14) next year, in time for the Lok Sabha elections, the Star's brother-in-law and party youth wing secretary L.K. Sudeesh said.

Vijayakanth will be the latest to join the bandwagon of political leaders running TV channels following in the footsteps of Tamil Nadu's unwritten political exercise of mixing politics generously with entertainment to take party activities to the public.

The Maran-owned Sun TV, Jaya TV owned by AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, Makkal TV run by PMK founder Dr S. Ramadoss, and the DMK-run Kalaignar TV launched in September last after Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi fell out with the Maran brothers are already beaming their programmes into homes across the state. Mega TV started by Congress MP K.V.Thangkabalu and the Vasanth TV, owned by Congress legislator H. Vasanth Kumar, which is on a trial run, are the new entrants on the scene.

With the actor-politician deciding to launch a TV channel of his own, almost all the major political parties will now have their own channels in a state that has pioneered the use of television for effective political propaganda laced with liberal doses of filmy entertainment, observe political pundits.

Mohamed said...

Indian Premeir League games will be shown in Set Max. Currently this channel is only available in Dialog, but not in LBN. We sincerely hope LBN will add Set Max in due course so that we could watch our stars in action.

LKDOOD said...

// OFF TOPIC BUT RELATED TO COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY IN SRI LANKA //


Airtel signs $100-mn investment agreement to start Lankan ops

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sithma said...

Hi guys. These are some more info I have gatherd over the web as per them ......
Dont try to compare the IPTV with DTH. IPTV is a interactive Tv .Even we do not have to worry about "Rain Fade". i.e. it will transmitted over Cables (Copper/ Optical fiber) where as DTH is through Ku band. If you receive transmission through C band this problem (rain fade)happens in minimum, (what I have experienced.) Also note that the IPTV would change the whole landscape of the TV industry bringing in the Interactive part where the customer has a choice of when/where he wants to watch the movie or Live TV . Suppose if you missed your favourite TV programme of two programmes are relay in same hour you can view one on live next by TSTV. How wonderful!! .You deside what to be watch at what time and not by the TV Station!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008 12:16:00 AM

sithma said...

Hi guys, these are some more info I have gatherd over the web as per them ......
Dont try to compare the IPTV with DTH. IPTV is a interactive Tv .Even we do not have to worry about "Rain Fade". i.e. it will transmitted over Cables (Copper/ Optical fiber) where as DTH is through Ku band. If you receive transmission through C band this problem (rain fade)happens in minimum, (what I have experienced.) Also note that the IPTV would change the whole landscape of the TV industry bringing in the Interactive part where the customer has a choice of when/where he wants to watch the movie or Live TV . Suppose if you missed your favourite TV programme of two programmes are relay in same hour you can view one on live next by TSTV. How wonderful!! .You deside what to be watch at what time and not by the TV Station!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008 12:16:00 AM

star said...

Breaking News: B4U Music and B4U Movies on Dish TV!

I have just got this information from one of my sources inside Dish TV India that the channels B4U Music and B4U Movies are to be added very soon in the Dish TV platform, so people can now rejoice over this news!

B4U Music giving us the top songs and B4U Movies displaying movies round the clock.

The reason these channels were removed was because they were not being aired with the quality DishTV wanted to provide its customers, and some technicalities were there which forced DishTV to remove B4U’s channels, there were also some encoding issues. Ways have been worked out for this and the problem is in its final stages.

Expect both the channels to be on your STB from the end of March.

LKDOOD said...

Sri Lanka State Own Television - Rupavahini under Military Control ?

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LKDOOD said...

Asia-Pacific will Outpace Europe in IPTV Market Says New RNCOS Report

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Indian TV industry to cross $11.5 billion by 2012: MPA

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LKDOOD said...

Anil Ambani's DTH(Big TV) to beam this month via 100 channels

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LKDOOD said...

Sri Lanka's Caribbean tour live on Ten Sports

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LKDOOD said...

Neo Sports spices up cricket

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DishTV now in cars

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LKDOOD said...

Anil Ambani group(BIG TV) to launch 20 TV channels

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India set to relax limits on foreign DHT ownership

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LKDOOD said...

Tata Sky changes ad-revenue model

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LKDOOD said...

Multivision allowed to transmit

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