Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Channel and Feed Question plus Online Poll

There seems to be a very hearty discussion going on with our fellow bloggers regarding the channels on CBNsat and their respective feeds. We would also like to shed some light on this subject. At the moment the HBO, HBO Signature and Cinemax feeds are Far East Asia feeds whereas the other channels are South Asia feeds (a.k.a Indian Feeds).

When you take a sports channel for example when rights are issued for sporting events there are so many regulations that the broadcaster is bound by according to the coverage of the broadcaster and the region that they serve. On CBNsat we are receiving the Indian feed of Star Sports and ESPN, we believe that we may not get the other feed since if Ten Sports for example has exclusive rights for a cricket tournament in this part of the world and if Ten Sports does not have access to the East Asia market and Star shows the same matches in that East Asia then there will be a legal problem if Star allows CBNsat to have access to their East Asia feed since Ten Sports has exclusive rights for South Asia. Now channels like National Geographic, Discovery have multiple feeds but we get their Indian feed and not their East Asia feed and this may be attributed to the fact that the operator has designated Sri Lanka under their Indian feed and getting the East Asia feed will be costly or maybe their East Asia feed cannot be accessed here due to coverage issues.

It is the same for entertainment channels too. AXN East Asia which we get has the exclusive rights to show "Lost" but AXN India cannot show "Lost" because Star Movies India has the rights for "Lost" in India. Comet Cable gives the East Asia feed of Star Movies and Star Movies East Asia does not show "Lost" because AXN East Asia has the rights.

We can always request CBNSat to show the East Asia feed over the Indian feed however it also depends on the operator of the channel as well as the cost involved in getting the feed since it may result in a big difference in the package pricing.

AXN and HBO have designated Sri Lanka under their East Asia feed since their India feeds are targeting India viewers specifically whose taste is very different to those of Sri Lankans. The problem is that the operators of most of these channels have not identified Sri Lanka as a niche market for their channels due to the very low penetration of cable television here. We need to improve cable television penetration in Sri Lanka and then when we become a viable source of income for the operators of these channels then they may even include a Sinhala and Tamil language sound feed for their channels. Even strict regulation of the cable television industry will have a negative impact on the channel operators.

On the topic of channel selection. We believe that CBNsat will allow their customers to choose the channels by making their own customized package. For this to happen CBNsat will have to first increase the amount of channels that they offer on their platform and doing this now may not be a viable option. CBNsat will add more Hindi and Tamil channels if they want to capture a market outside Sri Lanka such as Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, etc. We do not think that CBNsat will be able to enter the Indian market since it is being dominated by Dish, TataSky and also because they show East Asia feeds of some channels and the Indian DTH operators will object to it. If CBNsat is to enter the Indian market then they will have to block the East Asia feeds of those channels for Indian customers.

On other technological fronts we hope that CBNsat will introduce pay per view for sporting events and movies, etc. They should also include gaming and eventually broadband internet. We believe that all these will be done but it will take some time in the light of the recent events that have taken place.

We hope that this information was helpful for our fellow bloggers.

There is an on line poll being carried out by CBNsat Subscribers Unite on the channels that you would like to be made available on CBNsat. If a channel that you like is not on the list please send an email to cbnsat@gmail.com and they will consider adding that channel also to the list.

89 comments:

Lisura said...


Dear Subscribers,

We have created an on-line polling site for you to vote for your favourite channels. Please visit

http://82px.pollhost.com/

And vote !

Please make sure to be specific on your selection.

What are the new channels you want on CBNSat ?

http://82px.pollhost.com/

TrackZeroBad said...

I love to have good channels.. specially the Asian feeds..

WILL IT INCREASE THE MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION FEE ..????

By the way what about.. Video On Demand .. :D ..

One more questions to a techi guy.. whats the capabilities of CBNSat decoder compared to DishTV ??

I have seen some options but they are not functioning ...

Looser said...

Lisura-

Can you add some European channels to this online polling site. Some movie and sports channels would be handy. Ex. Eurosport, Hallmark, Australian Network, E! Entertainment etc.

Movie channels on Dish TV are useless except Star Movies. We don't want those kind of channels to add to CBNSat.

cableguy said...

Video on Demand can probably be made available when they are ready to provide Pay-per-view channels. There are lots more features that we can think of such as HDTV and DVR, but we will have to first let CBNSat get back to their normal transmission and then build up the customer base before they can move on to the next step.

Blog Admin:
Thank you for that very informative analysis of trials and tribulations of getting channels from different feeds.
The sad story is, you mentioned that channel providers dont consider Sri Lanka a niche market. Any hopes of even trying to become a niche market in the near future were lost, thanks to the "far-sighted" actions of our govnt. Otherwise the last 6 months would have been a great opportunity for CBN to build up a large customer base.
Dont you love the way Sri Lankan authorities like to push us back in leaps and bounds, just when we are ready to advance?
As Mr. Gehan De Silva Wijeyeratne wrote in a recent LMD article, Sri Lankan govnt authorities should definitely be on top of the Worlds' “Imbecile Index”.

kula said...

How about LBN on CBN :( :(

kaluperuma said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
ravin said...

I think relegious channels on a DTH service is realy unecessary and endorse the views of some of the bloggers,Just keep them away and thats good for everbody.

Concentrate on the premuim channels and what you have put up are correct.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry kaluperuma

I don't wanna trouble cbn again.
Its my choice, .
sorry if it hurts u

cableguy said...

In a perfect world, I would say anyone should have the freedom to ask for GOD TV or DOG TV. But in Sri Lanka, with this govnt, asking for GOD TV will only get CBNSat in more trouble. If they get GOD TV, someone else will want a Buddhist channel, and then another one will ask for Al-Jazeera and go on and on.... So at this point, it may be a good thing to stay away from religious channels, just so that the huluballa is not given any more weapons to come after CBNSat.

Hey! we still have FTV!!! Shhhhhhhh........keep it quite.....the "Disciplinary Police" will catch you!!!!!!!!

Dude said...

Yo Guys!

Kaluperuma - there is not need for you to use bad language just because Jessica wanted God TV. If she wants it let her ask for it. Please do not insult the frequent bloggers here. You managed to drive Alf away and he does not even comment on this blog anymore.

Ravin - I do not agree with you. Please go to the web sites of the American DTH operators Direc Tv and the other one I cannot remember the name or the DTH operator for any country. Religious channels are there but you can activate it if you want.

If we are to pay a large sum of money then we should have the freedom to have all channels FTA and Premium and then we can pick and choose channels. A DTH operator anywhere in the world has FTA and Pay channels.

kaluperuma said...

Agreed Cableguy and No hard feelings Jessie, its for our own good

kaluperuma said...

Ane palyang dude yanna,Owa karanda onenam Americawatama gihilla karanna.

Dont try to put all these unwanted garbge on CBNsat.There is no need to promote relegion through DTH channels,If anyone wants to worship as someone said GO TO THE CHURCH,TEMPLE OR MOSQUE.

This is not AMERICA,No sooner you activate one CBNsat will be closed for another six months and then someone else will start something.

Nikan ponnayo wage katha karanna epadude,umbata penawane alf ge heti,u den adventure 1 wela dish tv walata awadanawa,Umba Americawe DTH gena katha karanawa,Umbalata ewilla puke erala ynakan danne ne

ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT DESHADROHI KOTHALAWALA.

LoverlordStriker said...

SLT better launch their DTH platform soon too. The more the competition, the better it is for the customers. If Dialog gets a
monopoly in local DTH market, they will manipulate subscribers as they need. They did similar thing with the KIT package.Only when Mobitel and the likes posed a threat to their dominance did they lowered tariff and introduced VAS such as MY5 and Super 5 Friends. I would have preferred CBNsat under the control of Mr Muhunthan Canagy but we know the horror story behind his departure. Full credit to Dialog for buying cbnsat and re starting services lets wait and see how they run this business.

As for the dishtv Vs Cbnsat scenario, cbnsat needs to add few more channels and interactive content to surpass dishtv. If
someone owns a Dishtv connection and Cbnsat connection both, they will definitely go for the DishTv package and have Cbnsat on temporary disconnection until cbnsat's premium channels surpass that of DishTV's . The subscription fee factor is also
supporting Dishtv usage as dish users will have to pay a maximum of Rs 1300 for DishTV with all major packages included and
1600 (which is likely to go up upon new additions) for CBNsat.

CBNsat will need to add following channels to become regional DTH giant:
Star World (STAR Package)
Star Movies (STAR Package)
The Disney Channel (One Alliance Package 2)
Toon Disney (One Alliance Package 2)
Boomerang (US/UK Beam)
MGM (US/UK Beam)
TRACE (US/UK Beam)
SET MAX (One Alliance Package 1)
Sony PIX (One Alliance Package 1)
Ten Sports (One Alliance Package 1)
Zee Sports (Zee Package)
Channel V (One Alliance Package 1)
Zee Cafe( Zee package)
Zee Studio ( Zee package)
DD Sports (DD Direct Plus Package)
Zee Trendz ( Zee package)
Star Utsav (STAR Package)
Star Plus (STAR Package)
Star One(STAR Package)
CNBC (Aus Beam)
Times Now (Aus Beam)
TV 5 (French Beam)

Currently CBNsat is short of around 25 premium channels than DishTv. Which means they will have to increase their channel offering by almost 100% to get those who migrated to DishTv during downtime (which I hear is in the thousands) back in the network. They will need new transponders for this task.They will also need to implement interactive services (news,sports movies) and a fully functional EPG (at least with one whole day's programming).

As some claimed before, other than AXN,HBO and Cinemax, the premuim channel offerings of CBNsat is the same as DishTv.
1. http://www.lyngsat.com/packages/cbn.html (CBNSat feed list)
2. http://www.lyngsat.com/packages/dish.html (DishTv feed list)

However CBNsat has the following Plus points than DishTV:
HBO, AXN, Cinemax Asian Feed (Better than Indian feed in terms of ads and movie selection)
Complete A1 feed. Dishtv feed is limited to 10 hours per day.
Complete History Channel feed (Dishtv feed is limited to 14 hours per day)
Local Channels

I am also a cbnsat customer (as well as a dishtv user) and I hope cbnsat will be able to overcome these hurdles soon.But for the love of GOD do NOT inclde GODTV in the lineup. Otherwise next time CBNsat will be closed for "Opposing religious freedom act' or something. We just got it back and we dont want it closed for some dumbass reason again. Before you scream for GODTV remember that there are people who want cbnsat shut down. They are waiting for cbnsat to make the wrong move.

p.s.-all those touchy people who get pissed off at the name of dishtv, plz realise that i wasnt comparing cbnsat to dishtv. I was merely making a point on where cbnsat should improve on according to my opinion.

kaluperuma said...

Loverlordsrtiker -Umba hari machang eka thama wenna one,As somebody said it is essential to have the Rugby feed of Star HK or any other rugby channel that telecasts international matches.

Looser said...

Loverlordsrtiker- Why don't keep your Dish TV connection insteed of asking CBN to add the same channel to it?

CBNsat need better channels than those.

LoverlordStriker said...

""CBNsat need better channels than those.""

I whole heartedly agree. But we should also be realistic about it. CBNsat cannot add European beams that are not directed to Asian region without having to paying colossal amounts of sums to operators. This will have impact on monthly subscription. Therefore i dont think any US/UK feeds will be added to cbnsat anytime soon. Almost all premium channels that are available in asian region are available in dish package that is why i used it to benchmark. I wasnt promoting dishtv as i said before. Both are just services to me and i am not obsessed with any of them. Nor will i gain anything for promoting one. I like cbnsat to overcome dish because it is srilankan.

Crab said...

My CBNSAt connection did not work until today momrning, after repeated attempts I made to get it activated through CBN Customer Care Reps. Finally the reason as to why the connection did not work could be discovered. Its was that they have placed some other decoder serial and sim card serial number under my account !! Once those were corrected activation happened immediately.

So I feel that because of this somebody elses connection might have got disconnected and this could be a data entry mistake at CBN.

thought of posting this just to keep everyone aware of this !

Crab said...

Dear "Mr" Kaluperuma !!

Its high time that you stop posting filth in the blog I ( and most of the bloggers ) are annoyed
by your comments.

If you have anything personal against ALF sort it out privately. Please do not use this blog.

I wonder why Blog Admin is so silent on this persons repeated filthy postings.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

***** WARNING ************

Please do not use foul language. If foul language is being used on a regular basis. We will delete all comments belonging to that individual.

There will be no further warning!!!

kaluperuma said...

Ane adaraniya kakulowo,Oya oyage wedak balagena karagena yanna,Nikam illan kanne nethuwa,Athanatath karaganne nethuwa inna meya.Kakuluwa harhata ewidagena yanakota ape bloggers lata kelin yanna kiyanawa.

Mama hari asai crab & sweet corn suop kanna,Oya eka theum ganna meya.

Ohomoma yang kakuluwo balagena inna oyata wena de

kaluperuma said...

ADMIN MOKODA PANINNE,EYATH HARATA YANNADA HADANNE

cableguy said...

I think Mr. Kaluperuma is doing it just to instigate people and to add some spice to this blog. Many a times, he has very good points and opinions. Only if he could present those points of view, minus the filth.

ALthough I must say that I do enjoy his writings in Sinhala. Please keep those nice Sinhala writings coming Mr. Kaluperuma.
As the Dialog Ad says "Some things are best said in Sinhala. It will never mean the same when translated to English"

kaluperuma said...

Cableguy - We will listen and respect guys like you but not people who suddnely crop up and try to be funny,And we know what to do with them.

LoverlordStriker said...

Kaluperuma,
Machan kunuharupa kiyanda epa. This blog is read and respected by the management of cbnsat and many others. Kunuharupa kiwwama meka nikan mudukku size ekata watenawa machan. Ehema blog ekak kawuruth ganan ganne na. Ethakota apita one channels tika gana kiya ganda wath thanak nathi wenawa. Anith eka, computer ekak pitipasse indan kunuharupa deka thunak type karanda katada machan bari!Some things are best said in sinhala but it should be civil.

kaluperuma said...

Hari machang loveloard,Kavuda bang mei kakuluwada/kakuttada kiyanne,Okawa allala flower drum ekata dunnanam CRAB & SWEET CORN.

Methana K weda katawath bei

Alf da danne ne mei crab

topfan said...

Dear fellow Bloggers,

It seems that thre are few important discussions are going down here.And i like to show my own oppinions.

First issue is GOD TV.Well i must say im a rationalist.And i thinnk Cable guy is right.Jessika we are in a place which is worst than Afganistan or Iran,at leaset scince evereybody is concerned about them any injustifiable treatment due to religion can be highlighted.Here there is no such thing so starting any thing that isn't compatible with "Mahindha chinthana" is a death sentence.I'm sorry jesika but i wish this country will someday be "developed" enough to resume rights of people in other faiths.

Other important discussion seems to be about the competition with DIshTV.Some says the impornent thing now is to bring CBN to running conditions.TRue, i agree.But it must be noted that if CBN does not start to fight back it'll lose this game for good.I live in Kandy and scince i was a CBN subscriber i noted with joy the growth of number of CBN dishes in Kandy.After it's closure some began to stare toward east rather than west(Guess who).According to my calculations if CBN had 25000 conections at closure now it has to be around 20000.If we assume in colombo the percentage leaving CBN is larger the actual loyal subscribers it has now must be arround 15000-20000.Luckily many people (like myself) belived going for another at this moment will be foolish.

Well CBN is a bussiness they have to consider this. DishTV and TATASky are your competitiors and they will be here even if you get the Sat coverage right for sri lanka (you cant prevent their waves from comming here, can you).theyll use your own decoders(may cost few extra bucks to hack your security features).But it also seems that if you go for other sources rather than india the rates may become uncompetitive.I dont know the real truth but i have to remind you this.Nobody (even the ones having 570 package) have time to wathc all channels.I used to watch only Discovery,NGC,CNN,A1,Historyand perhaps nick)There were some channels i didnt watch for more than 20 min in six months(Mtv yuck!).SO CBN must start packages for costomers choice.Then some might try to go for 4-5 channeles.What CBN can do is make packages fo no of channels rather than for sets of channels.For example lowest package may have 12 cheeper channels and three expensive(like AXN HBO) of coustomers choice.By this way coustemers may choose more or less indian as they desire.CBN can look at the trend and go for more or less indian content.If CBN succeed here they cnan go for india.Blog admin stated about content rights here. I'll say WHO CARES. indians didnt care a damn of promoting dishtv here what ever the legal situa tion.All CBN have to do is do everything in internet and make equipment mail deliverd(actulally only the card has to be deliverded).Besides i dont think getting non indian channels is that expensive.LOok at the no of non indian chls we already have(AXN HBO A1 RealityTV and others)we only need 4 or 5 to be competitive.But before anything surely CBN must be stabilized with what ever they can get

kaluperuma said...

The test transmission will go on for about two weeks as there are technical aspects to be sorted and and CBNsat wants to go on full trottle with 100% perfection.

Its no wonder that some of the hardaware needs attention after 6 months of non function

kaluperuma said...

Top fan,Whats the signal strength in Kandy and whereabout do you live?

cableguy said...

Ado Kaluperuma

Looks like you have all the inside information, huh?

Horen horen apata information denawa naydha?.

Keep the info coming.

Sat Viewer said...

Why do they take so long to activate all the channels? Earlier newspaper articles said they can complete everything within 3-4 days? Are they still facing any technical defficalties?

can someone let me know please?

yakuza said...

whats up guys
is zone reality a new channel.
i thought i got vh1 one morning on channel 3 or 4, but its not there now.

Looser said...

Zone Realtiy is the Old Reality TV. They have changed the name

Anonymous said...

what do you think about kaluperuma?
visit the link below and vote

http://poll.pollcode.com/9od

thank you

Anonymous said...

Ok guys thanks for commenting about GodTv. I know this is Srilanka. & some people looking for a weak point of CBN to make it trouble.
But when CBN got stabilized CBN can give religious channels. I mean not only GodTv , If someone wants Buddiest channels they can request them. Muslim channels too.

once i decided not publish any comments here again. Bcos i can't get on with people like kaluperuma. But after Blog admin decided to delete comments with foul language, i decided to comment again.

kaluperuma - Pls dont shit on this responsible place. Don't put this blog to 3rd class, Thanks for understanding

kaluperuma said...

Honda news ekak awa,Dish TV eragena,CBNsat Dish eka edakaragena allignment nethi karagadda CBNsat drohi kakuttange dish re alligned karanna CBNsat eken charge karanawalu

Anonymous said...

PLEASE DON'T BLAME ON KALUPERUMA
HE IS A REAL SRI LANKAN I LIKE HIS STYLE, SINHALA, NEW IDEAS, BAD WORDS. HE KEEPS US ALIVE.

THANKS TO DIALOG TELEKOM. IMAGES ARE BACK IN CBN SAT. ALSO THANKS TO CBN FORMER CEO.

WE WERE WAITING FOR MORE THAN 06 MONTHS FOR THIS, ATLEAST WE HAVE SOME CHANNELS NOW, WAIT FOR ANOTHER 01 MORE WEEK TO GET THE COMPLETE TRANSMISSION IS NOT A BIG THING. BUT THIS IS NEED TO IMPROVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

50% OF THE CHANNELS WHAT WE HAVE IS USELESS, THINK ABOUT IT . WE NEED SOMTHING NEW, BUT WE ARE VERY MUCH CONSERN ABOUT THE PRICE, IF THEY TRY TO INTRODUCE ANY NEW CHANNELS WITH PRICE SUPPLMENTS FOR EXCISTING CLIENTS, THAT WILL BE TOTALLY BULLSHIT.

I REQUEST THEM TO OFFER ANYTHING NEW FOR THE EXCISTING CLIENTS FREE. CHARGE WHAT EVER THE SUPPLEMENT FROM THE NEW CUSTOMERS.

DON'T FORGET DIALOG GSM IS VERY MUCH MONEY CONSIOUS. THINK ABOUT IT.

WE ALL LOVE CBNSAT IT GAVE US ENERGY, GAVE US SOME THING NEW.

WE NEED SOME THING NEW.

sirinimal said...

Aneeeeeeeeee.............
Aiyoooooooooo............

Indala wedak ne aiyooooo..........

Umbala okkoma ekathuwela mage bosata puke ariya nedooooo.........

Den ithin mama kohomada abeyge puka kahala keeyak hari hoyaganneeeeeeee.......

Matath puke ariya wage thamaaa.....

Ane Jesika nangiyeeeee ...........

Balapan mata mun karapu deeee......

Ape bosage puka pura tinkiri....
Mage kateth tinkiri...........

Muhunthanta kelewanna gihin api winasawuna aiyoooooooooo........

Den Dialog ekka happenna giyoth puka ira ganna thamai wenneeeeee...

Aneeeeeeeeeeee...................
Mawa bera ganiyo.............

ravin said...

This must be about B A C Abeywardena

cbnsatcustomer said...

I had to replace my damaged connecting cable by myself because cbnsat support told me it would take 2-3 weeks get tech support to do it. they told me to get a 75 ohms coaxial cable. Signal strength I'm getting 60-65% and quality 45-50% but image/sound quality is same as before.

Sat Viewer said...

BLOG ADMIN

WHY DON'T YOU DELETE INDECENT COMMENTS AS PROMISED???

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INDECENT COMMENTS THAT WERE IDENTIFIED BY US WERE DELETED.

PLEASE REFRAIN FROM POSTING INDECENT COMMENTS.

THOSE WHO CONTINUE WITHOUT HEEDING THIS WARNING WILL NOT BE BARRED FROM MAKING COMMENTS IN THIS BLOG.

ADMIN

Anonymous said...

Hay guys,
dont try to chase away kaluperuma from this blog guys...
He is the one who keeps this blog alive.. and common guys,
we all face filth everyday everywhere so lets not act like children
who never heard a filthy word before.. And he does
get his idea across very strongly doesn't he? And blog admin,
dont be foolish., if u try to act like this "Deleting Indecent commets"
you will defenitly loose this very active community of blogers...
Comon guys... we need guys like kaluperuma...good work pal!!!

cbnsatcustomer said...

ITN is now on NSS 6 and Yamal 202. It's uplinked through TV Lanka.

cableguy said...

I was wondering where Sirinimal sahodaraya was all these days. Good to know he is alive and kicking. Sounds more like kicking himself....from the sounds of the posting on the blog.

topfan said...

Dear Kaluperuma,

My signal Strength is 74% quality 44% maximum.It was about 55% before CBN closuer.But signals seems to come even in the rain.Is it nessary to reallign.

MONAWA UNATH UBA MAGE SIGNAL LEVEL EKA AHANNA GIHIN WIHIN KICHA UNA.DHAN ITHING UBA CBN EKA ATHULE EKEK KIYALA API DANNNAWA.

It'll be nice to have someone from CBN i agree what we ask from CBN are easier said than done.

MACHANG UBA HULLUGALLETAI AANDUWATAI ANITH OKKOTOMATAI KUNUHARAPA KEEWATA KAMAKNE AETH MEKE INNA EKALATA MUKUTH KIYANNA EPA.ANIKA UBALAGE JOB EKATH SURE NATHUWA HITAPU WELAWE MUNG THAMA UBALAGE PATHTHATA WACHANAYAK WATH KATHA KALE.DHEN DIALOG EKATA SET UNA KIYALA NIKANG GEMBER THANA EKE HARI NANE.

Jesika if you find kaluperuma annoying ignore him.He dont know you he cant see you he wont bite you.

KALUWO UBA HORA WAGE MAMA INNA THANNATH DANEGANNA NE HADUWE.EVA KOHEDA.

Any way i live within kandy city limits.

Looser said...

Hey what about Sky News, Fox News and Netional geographic channel Asia?

Sky News was telecasted by ETV lond time ago.

kaluperuma said...

Ado mama St Anthonys eke kolek bang,Nuwara Thamai apith,Devon ekan hari Bake house eken hari hapan Kaluwa gena,

Anith ewa gena mama comment karanne ne,Habai umbage reallign karanna charge karanne ne,Hai karana ewun dnnawa mokada wela thiyanne kiyala.

kaluperuma said...

Anith eka TOP FAN,Jesika hari umba hari inna thena hoya ganna eka mata sulu deyak,Nethuwa umbata galak kapanna newe ahuwe,Nuwara handa.

cableguy said...

I think Kaluperuma has a lot of extra information on the bloggers.
Hmmmm... wonder where he gets access to all that information about the bloggers.
I think Topfan maybe correct. He maybe working at CBNSat(just like a few other bloggers too). And that is why he single handedly opposed ALF from trying to sell DISHTV to bloggers. Well! if you are really a CBN employee Mr. Kaluperuma, I commend and compliment you for being a very loyal employee. When most of us had given up hope and tried to find other ways, you repeatedly assured us that CBN will be back(even though I didnt believe you at the time). So it could be because you had first hand information.
Your loyalty to your company is very much valued.

Please keep those nice sinhala emails coming, minus the filth. Anyway we will leave it up to the blog admin to do the editing if it is too filthy. As someone said, a little curse here or there should be fine. We are all adults and many of us would do it in a social gathering, in a lighthearted way.

hush said...

kalu you make very interesting reading on the blog. You add a whole new dimension to it.

anyhow any updates on the second transponder? I beleive CBN is just getting ready for a christmas launch with lots of zest and marketing campaign.

kaluperuma said...

Sat_Viewer mara decent kollek,U decent iskoleka igena gaththa ekek,Ladies eke wenna ethi.Ane palayang ponnayo yanda,Umbata adugane keling chu karaganna puluwanda.

The second transponder is not activated yet,It will come around the 15th,Yes its going to be another CBNsat xmas and New year,I dont think they will sell any connection untill the exsisting subscribers are fully functional,But anyone who wants can reserve a connection(They will not accept money),Even the Bamba office is full functional now.

Anonymous said...

CBNSat needs

News
Al-Jazeera English
News 24 (english news with french perspective)

Comedy
Star world

chami_tv said...

From CBN SAT website:

To receive our channels simply power on your decoder and select channel no
01. If the LED is green please keep the decoder switched on for 24 hours for
automated activation.
If the LED is RED please follow the following instructions for reactivation.
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. (since TP2 is not activated)
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.

Crab said...

News 24 was lauched just last week i heard.

diehard said...

Whats he connection between Kothalawala,DishTV and CBNSat?

kaluperuma said...
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Anonymous said...

ok kaluperuma

This is ur dancing floor. Dance well.You are the Hero now !
Other bloggers have fun.

Dear admin - you gave your word, but no action -thanks

topfan said...

dear kaluperuma,

ADO UBA MONA AVURUDDHEDHA A/L KARE.MATHS THE COMMERCE THE KALE.UBA NUWARA ENA WELAWAKA KIYAPAN API SET WEMU.MAMATH CBN EKE WADA KARANA EKEK HOYA HOYA HITIYE.ANE AMMMAPA UMBALA HINDHA API KAAPU KATTAK.HARI KAMAK NE UBA ENE WELAWAKA KIYAPANKO.

MACAHNG MEKE EVUNTA UBAVA PEENNA BARI UBA SINHALEN COMMENT KARANA HANDHA.SAMAHARUNTA SINHALA KUNUHARUPA THAMI "Indecent" KADDEN NAM AATHAL.KAMAK NE ME KALE SINHALA BAUDDHA NOWANA EVUNTA WENA DEVAL WALA HATIATA UN EHEMEA HITHAN EKE PUDUMAYAK NE.CHNAGEY MAHATHTHAYATAMA WECHCHI DE BALAPANKO.AEE HINDHA UBA KIYANA DEYAK KADDENMA KIYAPAN.ANIKA API UBALATA MEWA KIYANNE UBALA NAGALA ENAVATA API KAMATHI HANDHA.OYA DISTV TATASKY OKKKOMA GANNA APITA SALLI NE DENA CHANNEL EKAK UBALAMA DUNNNOTH THAMA.ANIKA INDIAWATA SATHAYAK WATH DENNA MAN KAMATHI NE.

MACHO UBA WIHILU DANNA EVUN EKKA WIHILU KARAPAN ANITH EVUN ELLAWANNA EPA.ME BLOG EKA NATHIWENNA DENNA BA.


Any way why dont you tell us the no of subscribers who refreshed their accounts after the CBN reborn.

TV & Radio Sri Lanka said...

To Jesika :

We have deleted some posts that contain filth.

Please do not blame us as we are trying our best to control filth.

To the Others :

Guys and Gals in here please carry on your conversation without offending our other bloggers.

Thank You
Admin

kaluperuma said...

Jesika - Action TV thiyanne Channel One MTV ekene,Blog admin nemei channel one karanne,Eka hinda e ahinsakayata action ganna ba.

Top fan mama Maths kare 1994,Api Nittawela set wemu Kandy match ekaka,Umba Jesikath eran waren polimak danna,Kollo godak innawane umba dannawane machang nuwara ewun ge weda,

ALF wath erang waren,Anith subject ekata bara ewunuth innawawane,

cbnsatcustomer said...

Onna onna topfan jvp/jhu style moda katha kiyanwa.

godaya said...

Its been a while since I contributed my two cents worth. Hi everybody- I am yet to get back to my homebase and hence yet to savour the reborn CBNSAT. My father tells me that they can get some channels including Derana and TNL.
Its too early to harrass/demand new channels from the company- after all their finances must be quite low after 6 months of zero income- Though the new owner dialog seems to have unlimited resources. I think it is rather unfair to ask for new channels FOR THE MOMENT ATLEAST.

But I would like to add some suggestions to improve the service.

EPG- the electronic program guide of CBN is rather rudimentary- and was available for only 3 channels. That too indicated only the next schedule program.

I would suggest that CBN, especially since it does not supply a monthly program guide in the form of a magazine (as done by commet), that
the Electronic program guide contain
at least 3 days woth of programs- so that you dont miss your favourite programs.

I was olso told that CBN was initally planning to rollout innovative interactive info services- such as to check flight realtime schedules etc. If the infrastructure is in place CBN should rollout such services at the earliest instance- so that the competition like SATNET [if you can call them that! :-)] is left in the lurch.

I like to use this occation to Mr. Cannagey - the founder of the Co.- who took a bold step (and a personally hard decision)- in exiting the company in the greater interst of the subscribers- and for the superb tactical decision of negotiaoting with SLT and SLRC, which had HULLA & BALL outfoxed- whilst keeping the striking the deal with the real buyer dialog.

I would like to thank the BLOG ADMIN, the bloggers- and Mr. Romesh de Silva, Mr. Ameen and their juniors who did a superb job in Courts (Though some abuse was thrown at them for failing to show results fast- their strategy ultemately worked)

topfan said...

Kaluperuma,

YAKO MAMA HITHUWE UMBA "NUWARA KOLLEK" KIVWAHAMA OBA ATHTHATAMA KOLLEK KIYALA EATH UBA NAAKIYEKNE(94 A/L).MAMA MULIN HITHUWE UMBA ME BLOG EKE ONA DEYAK KUWATA KAMAK NE KIYALA EETH YAKO UBA UBE WAYSA WATH BALLAN NATHUWANE MEWA KIYALA THIYENNE.UBA KASADHA BANDHALATH ATHI UBATA WATINAWADHA YAKO MEWA KIYYANA.YAKO MEETA PASSE WAYASE HATTIYATA HASSIRIYAN.

CbnSatcustomer,
I think you have miss understand me i only wanted Kaluperuma to stop from chasing away bloggers.

Anonymous said...

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thank you

Anonymous said...

Machang methana eka eka kelawa ganna hadanna epa. Meka api serama ekathuwela fight karapu thanane. Dan wade kara gaththata passe eka ekaa meken elawanna try karanna epa. Kalu, Umba kiyana dewal hariyatama hari. Apita ape sinhalen oone deyak kiyaganna barinam wadak nene. Eth kunuharupa ganata thiyaganin. Meken eka eka yanna gaththama blog eka dead ne.

We all enjoy with Kalu. But Machang don't blame anyone. As you have the right to say your thinking Jesika & Others too have that right.


LET'S RESPECT EVERYONE AND KEEP THIS BLOG ALIVE

Anonymous said...

GUYS SHALL WE MEET UP ONE DAY AND HAVE PARTY BEACH PARTY OR SOME THING ELSE

WHAT DO YOU THINK ????

LIKE TO HAVE SOME COMMENTS

chami_tv said...

unknown writer.. Thats an excellent Idea..

cableguy said...

Ado Topfan

Dont call Kaluperuma Naakiyek.

Age is no barrier.

CBN Bloggers Beach party ekakata set wemu.

cableguy said...

If anyone is wondering about AXN not working properly, its a problem with that channels transmission. CBN is working on fixing it.
It should be back in a day or two.

Radikal Zee said...

any idea when CBN Sat is gonna b back with all d channels ??

cableguy said...

Their Plan is to have all the channels working by the end of the month. Lets keep our fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

what about SSmusic

ozman said...

i wished SLT took over cbn then it would be a venture conducted by the Govt and allso the telecom japan or whatever Slt has subscribed as, Even dialog did a favour by buying CBN in terms of bringing a dth envoironment

Besides Dialog Belongs to Telecom Malaysia so most of the profitiers would be TM itself

And besides 553 Million was a bargain pricing for Cbn anyway considering the costs of establishing a satelite link/other. Now slt has to see another alternative to provide Satelite services(eventhrough SLT has satelite services-its only on voice traffic/data concerns)

I hope There will be more competition On SLT/rupavahini as well so we can have a considerable decision on what service to choose from.

diehard said...

Guys,
The ESPN feed that we are getting through CBNSat is Indian one is it? cos they show the premier league and all the commentry is in hindi. Add to that there is about 4 seconds delay between actual match and commentry. When some dude screams "LAMPARD..LAMPARD ..DROGBA..hindi bla bla bla....goalllllllllll" after about 3 seconds the goal was scored, it feels bit stupid. Any CBNSat official reading this, please think of switching to some other beam than this stupid indian ESPN.

p.s. - Am thankful that CBN is back on air and that I can watch the match with sound turned off.

kaluperuma said...

Aie top fan mokada,Umbata puke arraganada one,Umba hithuwada me wage blog ekaka mage attha visthara denna,Ponnayo nikan illang kanna epa,Umbawa nethikarala danna keri wesige putha

yakuza said...

have to agree with diehard
those hindi guys are annoying
anyway thank god atleast cbn is back

Anonymous said...

Nicklodian also have that problem. Soundtrack goes after the video. I think its bcos the test transmission.

Yeah I love to watch wrestling on star, But they give commentaries in Hindi. so i'm watching it without sound

hush said...

yeah the hindi dialogue to english cartoons and sports is annoying to say the least. Even MTV has too much of hindi stuff.

Once the CBN is fully back after test transmission should consider the Asian Beam or look at a option like AXN has for some programmes where two sound tracks are going together and one can choose which one to choose.

AXN was out for more or less the whole weekend , hope things will be fixed.

there was a bit of pubilicity for CBN on the weekend papers such as nation, Standard and island Papers.Funny thing is that Media guys have been quoted as saying that they have been now been made the scape goats and TRC is the real culprit along with some politicians. Funny world isnt it??

chami_tv said...

To Blog Admin

Please post a news on Hindi language problem in CBN. I think fellow blogers have comment on this above and its realy true. Don't they the Atar tv have a simaltanious English Broadcat even in International Matches.

I watched a Cricket match recently on CBN between India and South Africa event the text ( Score ) appear on Hindi.

This is really annoying and harmful to CBN MArketing aspects. I think CBN Should get an exclusive right on broadcasting an English Feed to Sri lanka. I think Hindi may be known for Pakistan and even ?Bangaldesh ( Correct me if I am wrong) But for Sri Lanka and Maldives we need English. + Why don't CBN give Swarnavahini still. We like to hear about that from CBN too. so I urge blog admin to intervin and posta news so that CBN will give there aspects..

cableguy said...

Its true that these Hindi dubbed sports events are very annoying. And I hope CBN will eventually do something about. However, guys! lets be a bit patient and allow CBN to take care of one step at a time. COnsidering, they have been left to rot for 6 months, we have to give them time to get things back together. They are doing a great job so far.

In terms of priority, Here is my list of taskd in order of importance. This is a long term plan lsit(please feel free to comment on these and add)

1. Get all the channels that existed at the time of closure, working properly.
2. Get some of the most popularly requested new channels(Star Package, Ten SPorts etc) on board.
3. Get more of the local channels included in the line up(Sirasa, MTV, ARTV,ETV)
4. Improve the on screen program guide and include info on upcoming programs for each channel. Make maximum use of the functions available in the current box and remote control.
5. Get English feeds on channels like ESPN, Star Sports and even on some AXN programs. I can live with most sports programs that are dubbed(turn off the volume) but other non sports programs are annoying to watch with Hindi or Chinese sound.
6. Introduce Pay-per-view and Video -on-demand.
7. Offer DVR box for digital recording of programs (long term plans).
8. Offer HDTV broadcast(long term plans).

I would like to hear what others have to say!!!

TrackZeroBad said...

I wish to add this to cableguys list ..

9. Boradband Internet

ravin said...

Yeh,Hindi is defeneitly a problem and annoying,But i makes me wonder whay Sri Lankans are addicted to Hindi Movies

hush said...

cableguy!

AXN do carry 2 channels of audio when they broadcast in Mandarin Language on the asian beam. All you have to do is go to audio settings and select which channel you want to hear, it displays as left and right in menu box.one channel will be english.

This I usually do and existed before closure but I did not come across in test transmission a program in chineese when I was watching to re test it.

CBN had a program guide especially on HBO, Cinemax, Signature before closure. hope they restart it and extend to other channels as well. For the time being I download the program guide for Sri Lanka through the respective website.

Other aspects of your priorities seems ok.

cableguy said...

You see Ravin. I have always wondered about it too. I think its because Bollywood movies are way ahead of Sinhala movies and they are subtitled. The stuff on CBNSat are not subtitled. Its meant for Hindi viewers.

kula said...

Interesting comments made by Media Ministry Official

Over 10,000 subscribers still wait in vain
Two-month wait for presidential nod
continues to hold up LBN transmission
resumption

By Suresh Perera


CBNSat, the satellite broadcasting station which resumed transmission last week after a victorious six-month court battle said the Supreme Court order proved that all allegations made against company were completely false and baseless.

"It was a long fight to clear the name of CBNSat", the cable television provider said in a statement posted on its website.

In an act of solidarity, CBNSat expressed hope that Lanka Broadband Networks (LBN), which still remain sealed, will be permitted by the authorities to resume transmissions soon.

"There are over 10,000 LBN subscribers who are still awaiting transmissions to resume and we hope that the issue will be resolved without any further inconveniences", the company said in a special message titled ‘Restore LBN’.

Notwithstanding Defence Ministry clearance, LBN has still not been allowed to resume operations because the President, under whose purview the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) comes, has so far not signed the relevant documents.

"The documents were sent to the President by the TRC on October 14", LBN Managing Director Shirantha Herath said last week. "Almost two months after, we are still awaiting the green light".

"We have even paid the licence fee", he said. "There are 10,500 customers who have been kept waiting for six months".

The Defence Ministry and TRC have cleared LBN to resume transmission, but a simple formality of granting final Presidential approval has held up the whole process, an industry official said.

Two senior Presidential aides contacted by the Sunday Island were unable to explain the two-month delay in placing a signature on a document, as required by the law.

"Contact the President’s Secretary", they suggested but repeated attempts to contact Lalith Weeratunga were futile.

A Media Ministry official said that after CBNSat was allowed to resume transmission following the intervention of the Supreme Court, attempts are apparently being made by those instrumental in sealing CBNSat and LBN to wash their hands off the whole affair.

"We cannot be made the whipping boy because we were not responsible for this situation", he said. "It was the TRC wanted them sealed".

The transmission of CBNsat and LBN cable television were blocked by the CID in June this year for allegedly operating without a valid license.

Shivanka said...

kHii

u can select left or right TV speaker to chose English or Other language. Problem comes when the TV speakers are set to balance.

Ex. ( L ......|......R)

Select left of right based on preferred language.

MANIL said...

In dish TV you can simply select the Language on touch of a button(Remote)

Its better if CBNsat introduces this facility.

cableguy said...

Thanks Hush for that valuable piece of information. Never knew how to get rid of the mandarin voice before. Now I will try it.
You are right. There arent too many programs now, but Fear Factor used to be in two languages. I think.

NotBloodyFooled said...

When Do we get the Discovery channel ?