Friday, December 01, 2006

CBNsat tests transmission

CBNsat seems to have carried out a Test Transmission at approximately 9:30pm yesterday according to our fellow bloggers.

It seems that the recommencement of transmission is now very close and it should be on air on Saturday (02nd Dec) evening or Monday/Tuesday (4th/5th Dec) according to reports received. A saturday launch would be ideal due to the fact that this is a long weekend.

There is a comment on the TV Radio Sri Lanka blog that has been put there by the "Lanka Media Outlook" blog in order for them to increase their hits at our expense. For more on this please click on "Lanka Media Outlook trying to..........". (--> Lanka Media Outlook says that the comment that we have referred to here was not made by them. We like to thank them for the confirmation and for clearing matters.)

We request our readers to keep us updated on the latest regarding CBNsat as the days progress.


100 comments:

yakuza said...

Mr.Muhunthan
we are the ones who are unfortunate to loose innovative people like you?

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

Mr. Muhunthan, thank you for giving Srilanka a taste of real entertainment. If you didn’t start CBNsat, we would all still be watching bullcrap like Shaka Laka Baby on local Tv. But in this country, good people like you cannot survive. As long as mofos like Hulugalle and Abewardena kiss politician ass, srilanka will be a hellhole to live in. Good bye and good luck in whatever you do from here. But you will always be the man who created Cbnsat.
I request one more favor from you. Please start a DTH operation in some other country(where they respect good entrepreneurs) and beam local channels to countries such as Uk, USA, Dubai, Australia etc. The day you out perform the piece of crap called 'TVLanka' will be a good day for all Srilankans.


And CBNsat should definitely be back by today evening or tomorrow. There is no need to worry about that.

dini said...

there's always an accusation levelled at talented people that they are not patriotic and they leave our motherland looking for better opportunities. is this the way to retain them? brain drain is inevitable with such foolish crooks governing the country. who respects talent in this country today? people walk into jobs (especially in the government sector) through influence and cronism. then what happens to talent?

very sorry to hear about the stepping down of mr. muhunthan. however, we know that a true warrior will shine anywhere on any battle ground for nobody can take away the in-borm talent and will power to make a difference. good luck to you mr. muhunthan. you are a true fighter and an example to us.

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

Suicide Bomber targets Defence Secretary mr. Gotabaya Rajapakse.

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

Sri Lanka Army's elite commando unit has thwarted the attack on Def Secretary. He is said to have escaped harmless.

rsp said...

Curse of CBN Sat Customers almost paidoff for those who were behind CBN Sat closure!

dini said...

oh no no no!!! rsp please keep quiet. we are grateful that something unpleasant didn't happen. thank god. hopefully this incident won't affect the recommencement of transmission in anyway. in sri lanka you can't be sure how connections may be formed!

Anonymous said...

We always with srilankan. We never talk on behalf of any enemy of this motherland including bloody LTTE......... We know this is a creime. ...Trying to kill Gotabhaya.....BUT.................

But this is a good lession for all the bloody sri lankans who try to destroy this country.

People will curse you........It's soooooooooooooo powerful............YOU HAVE TO SUFFER ONE DAY........

dini said...

guys we just want our entertainment back. i don't think appreciating the fact that harm was inflicted on somebody is not so appropriate.

dini said...

i mean 'i don't think it is appropriate'. sorry!

Anonymous said...

I DON'T LET REOPEN CBN SAT says Narigalla. [Daily News Last Week]

Hulla & Balla are the bugers in back of this case. The expression of Narigalla on the Daily News is showing his/their nudity.

kaluperuma said...

RSP - KERI TALK DANDA EPA,UMBALA WAGE PONNAYO THAMAI MEWA OKKOTOMA MULA.

KONDA PANA NETHI WUNATA KAMAK NE PONNA KATHA KIYANNA EPA.

Anonymous said...

we need CBNSAT back. fed up of listing all bullshit stories.
we need this saturday 02 Dec 2006. It's a long weekend.

I'm really sorry for the people who has faced for today's incident.

LTTE STOP KILLING PEOPLE.

kaluperuma said...

ALF machang umbage green light awawada eeye,9.30 wala indala ten miniutes withara thibba,Umbanan ithin sallikarayane indiayawe service eken balanna ethi.

ALF aduwata CBNsat connection eka wikunnawanam blog eke dapan,godak kattiya ganna balagena innwa.

Kothalawa sambanda ethi ada wuna wedeta,utath umba Dishtv ekak wikinuwada?

Anonymous said...

any news about the blast.

chami_tv said...

NOW THE PROBLEM CBN SAT HAVING IS THAT IN CERTAIN FUNGES TYPE HAS GROWN IN SOME CERCITS BAORDS DUE TO RAINY DAYS.

THEY ARE WORKING ON IT AND HAD WROKED 3 DAY WITHOUT SLEEP IN GETTING THIGNS BACK ON TRACK.

THE EARLIER PROBLEM IS SORTED OUT AND THE NEW PROBLEM WAS DETECTED WHEN THE TEST TRANSMISSION STARTED YSETERDAY.

NOW THEY ARE WORKING ON THE FUNGES ISSUE AND LUCKILY THE CERCUITES ARE RUNNING IF THE TRANSMISSION WAS ON THE AIR ON THOSE RAINY DAAY THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DEADLY TECHNICAL ISSUES.

SONE TIMES SILVER LINES DO IN DARK CLOUDS...

dee.panadura said...

Now the attention will shift from all the wrong doings that go on at the(shhhhh. some gets hurt when the word is mentioned)'defence' end .

hope we are not back to square one.

Rob said...

Certainly agree with comments by made fellow bloggers including Lisura. It was Mr. Muhunthan who took the SAT-DTH to village level. Thanks to his vision, CBN was able reach 20000 customer-base within a year which other providers could not achieve in number of years. If not for unfortunate closure, CBN customer base would have exceeded at least 50000 now. If Dialog has change course of Sri Lankan Mobile industry, CBN has achieved even more in the DTH TV industry, thanks to Muhuthan and his team. We should place on record the way CBN have manned their customer care center round clock for nearly 6 months, in spite of arrogant/frustrated customers who used to trouble their helpdesk continuously.

Cheers Rob

channa said...

There is no problem whatsoever with the technical aspects and the transmission can be uplinked at any moment.(No funges or virus or chikenguya) and its in 100% perfect condition.

The transmission will be there by tommorow evenining and thats for sure.

topfan said...

Please help

I dont think my decoder has captured test transmissins.
When CBN was shut down saying that Eelam Tv can be veiwed through its decoder i tested if that was possilble. i got the channel on list but it was not allowed to veiw by deccoder(that proved that CBN dont have anything to do with it).
But i was unable to remove it from list so i set decoder to factory settings.But the original transponers(11591 & 11673) was there was not removed).
Is this the case or is it bad wether.Please help.

kaluperuma said...

topfan - I think ALF will be able to help you,He helped himself by selling Dish Tv at black market price.

Get ALF on line

topfan said...

ALF please help on above comment i made

don said...

Its very sad that Mr.Muhunthan has to give up the institution he built up like his own baby and gave the country unmatched quality in entertainment and the best in technology.

May god bless you and be a part of CBNsat in the future.

I hear that their will be a very sad farewell lunch for the staff he build up to be a professional unit giving service par exellance.

Its realy sad that the transmission is going to recommence on the day this great man is forced to abondon his own baby.

god bless you.

kaluperuma said...

ALF - come on man,You know the technical stuff after instaling hundreds of Dish TV connections,Please help innocent topfan who has a problem with his CBNSAT DECORDER.

Umba Kothalawala kiwoth thamai puka iragena eka karala denne,U ething eka ehe freedom fighter kenek ne.

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS........

CBNSAT HAS UPDATED THEIR SITE AS WE ARE BACK ON AIR IN THEIR THANKS YOU BANNER.
ARE THEY REALLY STARTED THEIR TRANSMISSION.....CAN ANYBODY IN HOME CNFIRM THIS?

PLS I'M RESTLESS TO HEAR THIS.....

kaluperuma said...

wait_till_win - That was there in the site for two or three days,Its old stuff

topfan said...

ALF or Channa please help on my above comment

MANIL said...

Topfan - Call cbnsat on their general line and ask for the engineering department ,they will help you.

bank_dude said...

Mr. Muhunthan Canagey, my gratitude goes to you for providing us unmatched infortainment by CBN. All the best for your future endeavors. Guys I hope CBN will be back on air in this weekend.

Anonymous said...

HI GUYS WHAT IS LATEST ?? STILL THE SAME STORIES??

NO CONNECTION. FED UP OF THESE THINGS.

CONFIRM THE EXACT DATE OF THE TRANSMISSION.

Anonymous said...

JUST KEEP ONE THING IN YOUR MIND CBNSAT. NOW YOU GOT THE OPPERTUNITY DON'T MISS THIS. WHEN YOU GET LATE, PEOPLE WILL COME WITH VARIOUS STRATEGIES TO STOP THE TRANSMISSION ONCE AGAIN.

GOHEAD AND START THE TRANSMISSION WITH EVEN ONE CHANNEL.

HOPE YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS

" APAYATA GIYATH KALIN YANNE"

BE STRONG AND START THIS TOMORROW.

SLP said...

Mr Muhunthan,

Hats off to the great service you have done to this country, We're Loyal CBN subscribers, But we know the truth, we know the situation.....

This is country who is served by 70's generation, which is educated but impractical and high and mighty stuff, it's not a big issue for them to carry a such actions against u and ur child.

We know how much u love to ur child, now in this instance without closing the company you re sacrificing your benefits to the sake of your child...

Hats Off sir, It's u Mr. Muhunthan Canagey, the father of SAT-DTH technology to Sri Lanka, We as with all of CBN Subscribers, We wish you every success and happiness on your every events,

When all the time we c the CBN, we remind you, you made that, you treat that, n finally you saved that too.

Fair well Mr. Canagey... All the Very Best....

Sat Viewer said...

Mr. Muhunthan Canagey thank you so much for bringing Sri Lanka the most high tech and high quality infotainment system.. It's just our bad luck that Sri Lankan idiotic politicians are afraid of people like you...

That's why they want to chase you away.. But you will always be a hero in our Hearts..

Take care.. Good bye and Good Luck...

Shivanka said...

I wish CBNsat CEO and his team, all the very best. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see my favorite channels and letting me to learn new things in this world through CBNsat.

Please do not let yourself down, no matter what happens. we all are with you sir. Thank you very much.

yakuza said...

channa
if there is no technical error what so ever why does cbnsat takes this long to restore there transmission

topfan said...

Unknown writer is right.Iwill not be suprised if CBN is raided once again linking it to G Rajapaksha incident

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

QUOTED FROM LBO.LK""
Next Show
01 December 2006 16:59:46

Tough regulations stifling satellite tv growth in Sri Lanka, but 'phenomenal' growth expected: analysts


November 30, 2006 (LBO) – Tough regulations are stifling growth of Sri Lanka's cable and satellite television industry, a local research firm says, but is poised to take off as new and larger players' lower costs and improve choice.

Sri Lanka's current penetration of satellite and cable channels is less than one percent of the three million households on the island that have a television.

Though highly under-penetrated, local firm Frontier Research says the sector is poised for growth as telco giants like Dialog Telekom – Sri Lanka's largest mobile phone operator, get into the business.

Dialog, the local unit of Telekom Malaysia, said recently it hoped to buy up satellite pay television operator Communiqu Broadband Networks and CBNSat for 523.8 million rupees.

The telecom giant also recently acquired a stake in Asset Media for 325 million rupees, which comes with a free to air and pay television licence and its own broadcasting studio.

"Sri Lankan media trends are nearing those of the rest of the region and it is down to one word – convergence," Imran Furkan, Analyst with Frontier Research, told LBO in an interview.

"In the past, cable and satellite television were delivered via traditional cables and direct to home transmission. Now they are delivered using new mobile platforms."

Digital convergence, also known as quadruple play, allows telecom operators to offer cable television, broadband, fixed line and mobile telephone services.

Regulatory hurdles though, could stifle expected potential, though Frontier Research did not disclose expected penetration rates over the coming years.

"Growth will also depend on how regulators look at technology. In Sri Lanka we still look at Pay Television as a luxury, unlike in India where it is a utility item and therefore costs less," Furkan said.

Start up units for satellite television broadcasts is charged a 60 percent duty for the equipment, which ups the cost of initial installation.

Other restrictive regulations include the requirement to get an operating licence from a state owned broadcasting company Rupavahini. "How can a competitor be a regulator?" Furkan adds.

Satellite pay TV operator CBNSat was shut down by the government for about six months this year over alleged licence issues, but was cleared for operation recently by local courts.

But CBNSat dominated the market within one year of starting operations in 2005, with 20,000 customers to the averages of about 8000 customers by other cable operators at the time.

"Our regulations were built up in the 1980s, when the state had a monopoly on broadcast. Regulations have not kept pace with rapid technological and competitor growth. Growth would be phenomenal if regulatory constraints were lifted."

Satellite television however, will have to be a mass market product, Furkan says, because of the high costs of technology to distribute it, at the moment.

But rising incomes over the last few years and lowering start up costs, Frontier Research says, could lead to increasing affordability of pay television in Sri Lanka.

Average household incomes in Sri Lanka reached just over 20,000 rupees a month last year, up 36 percent from 2002, while average income in urban areas was up to 31,239 rupees, up 39 percent over the same period.

Consumers, as in completely deregulated markets like the Unites State and Australia also show greater willingness to pay for improved content, the findings show.

Even in semi-regulated markets like Malaysia, average revenues per user is 21.2 dollars at penetration levels of 30 percent, expected to go up to 41 percent by 2015.

"Firstly, consumers can expect wider choice with new players coming in. Secondly, affordability as scales expands than with traditional satellite broadcasters because telecom providers have the infrastructure in place and there is no real capital investment except for upgrades," Furkan said.

lil_birdy said...

Oh No! Mr Muhunthan is leaving cbn???????? this is a cursed country i tell you!

So unfortunate to lose someone like you, whose knowledge is far beyond comparison. we really really wish you everything thats best in life!

Hope you think of something and come back with another GREAT product....but in this sad country, with assholes like defence__________ i really doubt that.

Anyways, wish you all the very best and may god bless you with all the riches!

Sameera said...

Seems to be another test transmission.. Green light again for channel 1-19. but all are scrambled..

Sameera said...

I guess that was only for about 10-20 minutes.

And i think they still have technical problems.. the Green light was only for channel 1-19. as such i think they are still trying to get the other channels also on air.

yakuza said...

no green light now.

yakuza said...

anyone called cbn what are they telling about the latest situation,
good news or will we have to wait another week end without it

Shivanka said...

They said they're going to start transmissions 2pm today.

yakuza said...

machan
its 2pm but green green is yet to appear. couldnt get hold of the cbn hot line. maybe to many anxious customers online().

LoverlordStriker said...

Transmission will most likely start on monday.
(unconfirmed)

Lycon said...

I just called CBN Sat now and they told me definitely gonna start transmissions today evening. Pls don't blame me if I'm wrong, but just turn your reciever on around 5.36 p.m. Maybe you'll be surprised.

Lycon said...
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Lycon said...

Good news guys, now we have the green light in our decorders, also we are getting a message from cbn sat,

Dear valued customers,

We thank you for all your support and being with CBNSat sll through our predicament.
Currently we are running our test transmission and we shall resume all channels shortly.

Sameera said...

You are correct lycon.. got the msg and waiting for that moment we all were anxiously waiting for..

topfan said...

Huraaaaaaaaah

I was able to fix my decoder.Now I have green light.

Anonymous said...

grate news guys....... they have started the transmission. But only 10 channels including movie channels. Channels wll be reset after every two hours. EVERYBODY KEEP YOUR DECORDERS SWITCHED ON.

THIS WEEKEND SEEMS TO BE A ONE WITH LOT OF INFOTAINMENT

yakuza said...

no green light on my decorder.
top fan
is there any changes to be done in the decorder settings

Lycon said...

Good for u topfan.

Upto now only CH02 (CNN) is avilable. as CH01 there is something like an advertiesment of CBN Sat and they are giving information about all the cahannels. It is so nice to see even one channel available.

Hey where's our senior bloggers???...

WE ALL WAIT SIX MONTHS FOR THIS MOMENT.

THIS IS THE MOMENT TO CELEBRATE.

yakuza said...

got green light but no message from cbn,
says "service is currently scrambled"
is this what you guys got

ohh...
wait a minute
yessssssss
i also got the message
thank god they say that they will be back shortly.

yakuza said...

lycon is video available for you in channel 1 and 2

yakuza said...

ok
channel 1 and 2 are working now.
long live cbnsat

topfan said...

I cant belive it, im getting pictures(BBC) after six months.Once i thought this day will never come.Does anybody get pictures from other channels

Shivanka said...

I have the green light but dont get any channels. all are scrambled. can someone help me ?

ROSHAN said...

ya is green again CH and CH are working-Thanks CBN

Anonymous said...

YES ITS TRUE ITS TRUE...CANT BELIVE WE'RE FINALLY BACK ON AIR
SWITCH UR FREAKIN DECORDERS ON AND SEE...WE GOT THE 1ST 20 CHANNELS WITH THE GREEN LIGHT AND TRANSMISSION ON THE 1ST TWO DONT WORRY I DIDNT GET IT FOR A WHILE TOO BUT ITS NOW DEFFINITELY ON...WELL DONE CBN AND GOODLUCK DIALOG... CLEARLY THE FUTURE OF CBN HAS JUST BEGUN...ENJOY...!!!

Lycon said...

Mistakenly in my previous post I have said in CH02 (CNN) is avilable. But in CH02 we are recieving BBC. I think this is because, CBN Sat is still running a test transmision.

shivanka why don't you call the CBN help desk and ask a solution from them? Because you should be able to view the CH01 & CH02.

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS...

YES ITS TRUE ITS TRUE CBN IS FINALLY BACK ON AIR THE 1ST 20 CHANNELS HAVE GOT THE GREEN LIGHT AND TEST TRANSMISSION HAS BEGUN ON THE 1ST TWO CHANNELS DONT WORRY IT'LL BE ON FOR EVERYONE SOON CANT BELIVE THAT D-DAY IS FINALLY HERE WELL DONE CBN...AND GOOD LUCK DIALOG...CLEARLY THE FUTURE OF CBN HAS JUST BEGUN.... ENJOY!!!

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

QUOTED from LBO:

Plugged In
02 December 2006 19:33:55

Sri Lanka's Dialog Telekom takes charge of cable TV operator CBN SAT


December 2, 2006 (LBO) – Dialog Telekom said Saturday that it has taken full control of cable television operator CBN SAT, that was previously shut down by the government for not having necessary paperwork.

CBN SAT, a direct-to-home satellite TV service, was earlier owned by Communiq Broadband Network (Pvt) Ltd.

Dialog, a unit of Telekom Malaysia, paid 523.8 million rupees to take full control of the cable TV operator, which will be run by its fully owned subsidiary, Asset Media (Pvt) Ltd.

With over 20,000 customers todate, CBN SATs programme line up includes Sri Lankan television channels, and international content like CNN, BBC, HBO, Cinemax, AXN, ESPN, Discovery Channel, MTV (Music Television) and Cartoon Network.

Getting CBN SAT on board is a key milestone in Dialog's strategy to offer quadruple play (mobile, fixed, broadband, television media) or four-play products to Sri Lankans.

"This will result in Dialog Telekom making transformational investments in Digital Broadcast infrastructure targeting digital terrestrial broadcast, Direct to Home (DTH) and Mobile Television service provisioning," the company said.

CBN SAT services would commence in test transmission mode on or around the December 2 and would be scaled up to full commercial operations within a few days, Dialog said.

Asset Media's new board of directors comprises of Yusof Annuar Yaacob (Chairman), Hans Wijayasuriya, Nihal Seneviratne Epa, Moksevi Prelis, and Wan Zaidan Wan Mahyudin.

Dialog commands 60 percent of the market with over 3 million subscribers, followed by Mobitel Lanka, Celltel Lanka Ltd, Hutchinson. The telecom regulator is in the process of selecting a fifth operator.

Sri Lanka, which became the first South Asian nation to start mobile services, when Celltel Lanka began operations in 1989, now boasts over 4.28 million subscribers, according to Central Bank figures.

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

Congratulations CBNsat/Dialog Telekom! May the green light never fade again.

Round one results:
CBNsat: 1 Jackasses: 0

LoverlordStriker said...

WONDERFUL NEWS! NEVER WILL CBNSAT BE OFF AIR AGAIN!

As someone said, now is the time to celebrate.

Now let's be typical srilankans and debate what new channels should they add first.

My List:
Star World
Star Movies
Ten Sports
Boomerang
Zee Café
Zee Sports
SETMAX
Sony PIX
MGM
Channel V
Interactive Services

At the moment I am using dishtv as they offer more channel. But I will be keeping my cbnsat decoder ready and waiting just in case cbn adds more kick ass channels.

LONG LIVE CBNSAT!

'Goodnight Mr. Hulugalle. Enjoy nightmares with out of control dish antennas'. Sucker.

yakuza said...

good morning people
cbn is back baby..
still only two channels are working.
but eventually other channels will be up and running.
to people at cbnsat, keep up the great work.

Sameera said...

That's it

Thank you Every one those who worked hard to bring CBNsat back on air.. and all the bloggers for keeping updated..

And if they are introducing new channels I would like to give you my priorities as follows.

1)Star World
2)Ten Sports
3)Star Movies

1&2 are very essential. Star world for comedy tv series.
and ten sports for wrestling. WWE i love it..

Anonymous said...

I need GodTV

its FTA

bank_dude said...

Guys, I think CBN has a problem with one transponder. Few days back one of our bloggers mentioned that one of CBN's transponders were given to another operator. If that so, then CBN has allocate another transponder and they have to configure our decoders as well because we cannot change decoder settings.

Long live CBN and I hope that our decoder light will not turn back to red again. (Unless there may be a signal drop :) )

bank_dude said...

Dialog buys two Sri Lankan firms - CBN SAT

Dialog Telekom, subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Bhd's (TM) has acquired 100 percent of Communiq Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (CBN) and CBN SAT (Private) Ltd for Rs.523.8 million, in a bid to strengthen its media operation and achieve a quadruple product proposition for consumers in Sri Lanka, namely in mobile, fixed, broadband and television media.

"The rationale of the proposed acquisition of CBN and CBN SAT is to deliver expedited achievement of the several key market critical success factors such as immediate capture of content agreements, existing customer base to provide the operation with immediate and significant market presence," the company said in a report.

Dialog, the country’s biggest mobile phone operator will buy the companies from Muhunthan Canagasabey and Niranjan Canagasabey who have equal stakes in both the companies and the acquisition, would be financed from Dialog's internally generated funds and/or borrowings. CBN SAT is due to resume transmission tomorrow after six months being off the air due to a legal dispute.

Source Financial times 03/06/2006

Anonymous said...

Hi Topfan,

Can you kindly tell me what you did to get the decoder started? I am still getting the RED light.

Thanks

yakuza said...

bd
my choice will be star package and fox().
any way how will this transponder thing effect transmission.
is this why other channels aren't available.
how long do u assume it will take to get all channels.

Cable Guy said...

For those who are still getting the red light...

1. Turn on the decoder and go to menu by pressing the menu button on the remote (Ignore what ever u see on the screen)
2. Selected "Installation" and press ok
3. Enter the 4 digit password (It’s 9949 by default)
4. Select "Restore Factory defaults" and press ok, You’ll see a warning saying all settings will be erased, press ok to that too. (No need to fear as you won’t loose anything valuable). Restoring will take few seconds.
5. Now you’ll end up in Channel search screen with message "NIT Search Failure". Press Exit button in the remote to go to the LNB/TP edit page.
6. Press the red button (Modify LNB).
7. In the modify LNB screen select Universal LNB and set it to ON. Then Press Exit.
8. Press the blue button (Manual Scan)
9. In the manual scan screen make sure "Transponder" setting is set to TP1, if not set it. As soon as you set it to TP1 the signal strength indicators will light up. (I think TP2 is down or something)
10. On the same screen select "Start Scan" and press Ok.
11. On the "Search Type" screen set "NIT Switch" to ON and "Scan Mode" to All and press Ok.
12. Scan will be done in few seconds; you’ll see "Search failure" on TP2 but TP1 shows 19 TV channels (As at 10:30AM Dec 03rd)
13. Press exit to go to the normal mode. You’ll have the channel list, but none is running at the moment.

This information was given to me by a CBN customer service about one year ago, when I got the settings messed up. If there are newer or different decoders (hardware or software) these steps might be different on them, but basic idea should be the same.


BTW, as I type this message, CBN channel 1 came on are, it says "We’ll be back on air soon". Seems like CBN Tech guys (maybe gals too :) ) started working on it today, even if it’s a Sunday.

Anonymous said...

I was simply able to activate my account...and I am receiving several channels including espn..by calling CBNsat on 4606060 and providing them with my account number.

The number is VERY difficult to reach but with patience one can get through eventually. The guys/gals at CBNsat are working today.

topfan said...

Cable Guy is right.Thats what i did to get green light

topfan said...

According ti lyngsat.com 11591Mhz is leased to discovery Europe but we are getting signals on that.May be PAS12 beamed a new transponder fo CBN on same Frequency since two are beamed to different areas so they do not inerfere.The 11673 is appear to be free but i dont get signal from that.I also only get Ch2(BBC) ch1 is scrambled.Is this because of my package, i has a 570/= package.

Anonymous said...

how many channels are working.im reciving only 2 channels.

Anonymous said...

send informations abot working channels

Cable Guy said...

Is it true the we need to call CBN to get channels activated?

dannymot, was your account deactivated for some other reason or do we all need to call them?

Anonymous said...

Thanx Cable guy ;)

With ure instructions I was able to get the test transmission. The main point is the 'No.9 "Transponder" setting is set to TP1'. That did the trick !!

lil_birdy said...

GUYS,

AT THIS MOMENT, WHEN WE ALL REJOICE OVER THE COME-BACK OF CBN SAT, LETS NOT FORGET THE "MAN" WHO REALLY NEVER GAVE UP, AND FOUGHT TILL THE END TO ACHIEVE IT FOR ALL OF US! MR.MUHUNTHAN!!!!!!!
CBN SAT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!!! IT IS REALLY HEART BREAKING TO KNOW YOU HAVE TO LEAVE CBN SAT! I PERSONALLY KNOW HOW MUCH YOU DID TO CREATE THE GIANT CBN, AND WHAT VISIONS YOU HAD FOR MOTHER SRILANKA.

ITS SAD TO KNOW YOU HAVE TO PART WITH YOUR SWEET HEART.. WELL.. I SINCERELY HOPE YOU DO MUCH BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE AND KEEP ON CLIMBING UP!
GOD BLESS YOU!

Anonymous said...

Cable Guy said......
Is it true the we need to call CBN to get channels activated?

dannymot, was your account deactivated for some other reason or do we all need to call them?

YES, My FRIENDS AND I HAVE HAD TO PHONE 011 4606060 TO GET OUR ACCOUNTS ACTIVATED. NOW EVERYTHING IS OK. CBNSAT SAY THAT IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST A WEEK FOR EVERYTHING TO BE NORMAL AGAIN. GOOD LUCK

Radikal Zee said...

yeah they r giving 10 channels on air now..
if ur nt getting them call n ask them to refresh ur account

Lightning_Struck_Tower said...

I don’t think this transponder thing is going to be a big problem. One transponder in PANAMSAT12 can air 18 channels as I heard. There are many unused transponders available in PAS12 so CBNsat can purchase another easily I believe.
Or they can use a compression mechanism to boost the number of channels aired from one transponder. DishTv does something similar. DishTv currently has 7 transponders in NSS6 satellite and they can air 28 channels + active services such as news active and sports active with one transponder because of the compression technology they use. There is no visible Picture quality loss and quality is on par with that of cbnsat. So don’t worry about this problem just give it a week to resolve

And I think it's too soon to bug them about new channels. They just recovered from a disaster. They'll add new channels in the future I'm sure and I have faith in them.

That’s why I keep the CBNsat decoder on standby while I watch dishtv for now :)

bank_dude said...

LBN still remains sealed
CBNsat resumes transmission tomorrow following court battle victory
by Suresh Perera

CBNsat, the satellite broadcasting station which emerged victorious after a six-month court battle last week said that transmission will resume tomorrow (4).

"We are ready to go full throttle", a jubilant company official declared. "It will be business as usual".

While granting interim relief to SonicNet Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., permitting it to recommence the operation of its Communiq Broadband Network (CBNsat) transmission with immediate effect, the Supreme Court also granted leave for the company to proceed with its plea for the alleged infringements of its fundamental right to equality and equal protection of the law.

The transmission of CBNsat and Lanka Broadband Networks (LBN), another key cable television provider in Sri Lanka, was blocked by the CID in June this year for allegedly operating without a valid license.

The go-ahead by the Supreme Court for CBNsat to resume operations came at a time negotiations were being finalised to sell the facility to Asset Media (Pvt) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dialog Telekom Ltd.

Court was told that Asset Media has already got licence under Section 28 of the Rupavahini Corporation Act (Media licence) permitting it to broadcast and that the Dialog Telekom has a licence under and in terms of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

"With the resumption of transmission, we will be mapping out our future strategy under the new management", the official said. "Enlisting new subscribers will also be done after the transition period".

The abrupt sealing of CBNsat and LBN affected a combined 35,500 subscriber base as operations remained crippled.

Notwithstanding the Defence Ministry clearing LBN, transmission has still not resumed apparently because the relevant papers have so far not been approved by the President.

Kanchana Ratwatte, Director-General, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) who was quoted in the Sunday Island of November 19 as saying that LBN will be back on air "in a matter of days" said last week that the issue is expected to be resolved soon.

"Six months have already gone by since LBN was sealed and 10,500 still continue their long wait", a company official said.

"We have already made payment for the new license, but the go-ahead has not been forthcoming", he said.

Ratwatte was also quoted in the same report saying that the Defence Ministry had not cleared CBNsat to resume operations, which means that a license for this satellite television provider will not go through.


Source: Sunday Island 03/12/2006

Ok guys tomorrow is a big day for us.

yakuza said...

so now i recieve two channels,
does that mean i have to call cbn to get the other 8

Sameera said...

yeah guys.. go go go..

go and activate your account for the other 8 channels..
just call 011 4606060.

Lisura said...


Sorry for not posting anything on the blog.

Hope all you guiys are rejoicing after 6 months. About 10 channels can be seen on CBNSat by now. BBC, ESPN, STAR SPORTS, NICK, AXN, A1, HISTORY, NGC are few. They are running a promo clip on the other channels. By Monday the ohter transponder will also be activated.

The rest of the channels will be updated maximum within 2 weeks time.

If anyone is not receiving the above channels please call the customer care on 4606060 and get your connection re-activated. This is needed because your viewing card was not being used for 6 months. Keep the decoder on till you get all the channels.

Lisura said...

Mr. Muhunthan Canagey
The "GOD FATHER" of Satellite TV in Sri Lanka bidded farewell to CBNSat on Saturday. The following is his last letter to CBNSat Subscriber Unite.

Dear Mr. Muhunthan,

You will be remebered forever in our hearts as the person who opened the doors of infotainment to our nation.

GOOD LUCK !


02nd December 2006

Dear Valued Customers,

I take this opportunity to thank all our dear valued customers for bringing us to the resolution of the CBNSat saga which we have reached today. Thank you all for being so extremely patient with us and for understanding our predicament.

At our last Supreme Court hearing the Court ordered CBNSat to recommence transmission immediately.

“Having considered submissions of Counsel and the information disclosed
in Court, we grant leave to proceed in the alleged infringement of the Petitioner’s fundamental rights guaranteed by Article 12(1) and 14(1) of the Constitution. We also grant to the Petitioner interim relief prayed for in prayer (d) of the prayer to the Petition”.

“The Petitioner is permitted to recommence the service that was
provided prior to the seizure and there will be no obstruction to the
Petitioner and /or Communiq Broadband being companies owned
by the same share-holders from carrying on the transmission that was
done prior to the seizure.”


These are some of the quotes extracted from the Court order. The comprehensive Supreme Court order will be available on our website, which is www.cbnsat.com and I welcome you all to visit the site.

I have now accomplished my goal that all customers will continued to be served, all employees will continue to be employed and that all commitments to all the financial institutions and creditors of CBNSat will be honoured. Today will be my last day in office as I have decided to move on with my new venture due to the existing shares of the company being sold to Asset Media (Pvt) Ltd., a subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Limited whom I am confident will take CBNSat to the next level.

My achievement would not have been possible if I had not been backed by such wonderful people as you all and I am extremely grateful to the support given by our stakeholders, including the CBNSat Subscriber Unite group, our valued customers, our employees, the financial institutions and other parties whose patience and understanding was vital.

I hope you will all continue to enjoy CBNSat and its services.


Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

Muhunthan Canagey
Chief Executive Officer

yakuza said...

it is so unfortunate to loose a person like Mr. Muhunthan in such manner,
Your future vision was beyond any of us ever imagined.
when sat, cable tv were too luxurious for the average person, you brought it within grasp.
cbn has a long and successfull path lying ahed of them.
and your name will never be forgotten by any of us, thats for sure...

yakuza said...

yeh sameera is right
after a while i got hold of cbn hot line and got my subscription refreshed.got the channels within seconds.
axn,espn,ngc etc....
try to get hold of the cbn line its quite busy.
the guys at cbnsat are doing a great job restoring channels.
keep up the good work.
we are always with you.

topfan said...

You have to give a phone call to get channels.OK how do we suppose to know.Only handful of people no about this site.CBN you must send a message to decoder if you want others to refresh

Sameera said...

This is what I think..

They are still running test transmissions.. after they start transmiting officailly they'll activate all the accounts. but if u want u can view their test transmission by asking them to activate your account to that...

kula said...

Daily News 05th Dec 2006
Asset Media completes CBN SAT transaction
ACQUISITION: Dialog Telekom and its subsidiary Asset Media (Private) Limited, has completed the acquisition of Communiq Broadband Networks (Private) Limited and CBN Sat (Private) Limited (hereinafter collectively referred to as "CBN SAT").

Following the completion of the acquisition of CBN SAT by Asset Media, the Direct to Home Satellite TV operations of CBN SAT will commence under the management of Asset Media, the Television Broadcasting subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Ltd.

Asset Media sources confirmed that transmission of CBN SAT services would commence in test transmission mode on December 2 and would be uplifted to full commercial operations within a few days.

Dialog Telekom termed the acquisition of CBN SAT as a key milestone in the group's strategy of achieving a quadruple play (Mobile, Fixed, Broadband, Television Media) product proposition for Sri Lankan consumers.

This will result in Dialog Telekom making transformational investments in Digital Broadcast infrastructure targeting digital terrestrial broadcast, Direct to Home (DTH) and Mobile Television service provisioning", a company source stated.

dee.panadura said...

Wonder why the third grade goons at daily news mention about the hoax created by our 'defence' guys inorder to run down a successful venture?

what more can you expect from a 'national news paper' which claims our economy in thriving

Any way-- the truth wins.

Power or no power. the peosons behing this 'scam' will learn their basic lessons (which they never learnt in a proper school)

Max Payne said...

Mr. Muhunthan Canagey, you are a real HERO. You have my great respect, which I don’t have even for the top most position in this country. I give my word as a man, you will be in our hearts forever. It’s very sad to say good bye to the HERO who fought in the battlefield. But we know that, you made that decision because of the CBNSat customers. I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all your efforts to take Sri Lanka to the next level risking everything including your life. WISH YOU noting but the BEST! Hats off to you Mr. Muhunthan Canagey

kaluperuma said...

Where is ALF,He must be looking for someone to sell his cbnsat box,He was one man who said that CBNsat will never come and was discriminating the CBNsat management,We must find this bugger and peel him off.

Katahari uge connection eka labeta ganda puluwan.

channa said...

Dont worry about the other transponder its still with CBNsat and was not allocated to anyone.

The second transponder will be most proberbly activated within the day.There is no problem whatsoever with the transponders and the channel providers,and the Entire Zee Package will be on air within a couple of weeks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Guys For ur information.
I have activated my account too.
This Blog is very useful, without this how do we know these types of things?

Will CBN give Local channels again?
What do u think?

How ever our CBN is back
Love to see it

Lisura said...


It was a victory for the CBNSat Subscribers on Saturday 2nd December after seeing the green light back on their decoders PERMANENTLY after 6 long months. It was a long time than we initially thought and finally justice has prevailed. But the process took so long than we anticipated and finally the founder CEO of CBNSat had to sell it to Dialog Telekom for the good and benefit of everyone.

We happen to see the pictures on our TV’s on Saturday evening but the bitterness of the whole fiasco which unfolded during the last 6 months is a black spot in the History of Sri Lanka. Finally all the allegations made against CBNSat have just vanished into thin air.

I take this moment to thank on behalf of CBNSat Subscribers Unite for everyone who stood behind bringing in justice to us, the CBNSat Subscribers. Mr. Muhunthan who fought right throughout to bring back CBNSat online and running the customer care right throughout to keep the subscribers informed.

And a very special BIG Thank you to the blog admin. The CBNSat blog was the most happening place for the subscribers all around the island for the past 6 months. It was the sole place for gathering information on the situation and exchanging the ideas. The first of its kind in Sri Lanka. And the blog paved way for the subscribers to meet on-line and then get together to form “CBNSat Subscribers Unite” to act as the sole representative body on the part of subscribers to bring in justice for the victimized subscribers. And my special thanks goes to all the senior bloggers prmo, rob, cbnsatvictim and mohan for helping out tremendously in all the matters which the “CBNSat Subscribers Unite” came across with. And I thank all the people who signed our online petition, All the news papers who published our articles and press releases on their news papers specially Sunday Times and Daily Mirror, Rivira and Nation news papers. Also I need to thank the staff of CBNSat who stayed with the company during this painful time.

And all the others who helped CBNSat subscribers to bring back their service.

THANK YOU FOR YOU ALL !

Lisura
Convener - CBNSat SUBSCRIBERS UNITE
cbnsat@gmail.com