TV1 launches Jan 21st

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Maharaja's newest channel launches on Jan 21st at 5:04pm. Yet another iteration MTV, which has undergone quite a few in it's lifetime. TV1 is supposed to a English/Sinhala hybrid channel which is to be available on pay networks & fta via UHF.The programming on this channel is not clear as yet however as per yesterday's press conference, this isn't going ...

Reduce Tax on Pay Television Subscribers

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Recently a news report on a local radio station said that the government is calling for proposals from the general public & private sector for proposals for the 2016 budget. Here is our proposal as per the industry we are involved in - Reduce the Tax on Pay Television Subscribers.At present pay television subscribers pay a whopping 27.55% in taxes. ...

The Curious Case of MTV Sports

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Well a couple of days ago, MTV Sports suddenly reverted back to the original MTV logo that they used in days gone by. The Sports part was dropped, on-screen graphics were changed to reflect this change. The channel which touted itself as a sports channel after CSN launched a few year ago, was more of a GEC than a sports ...

CSN to close March 1st

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
According to reports being received, Carlton Sports Network (CSN) is to shutdown from 1st March. Accordingly employees have been sent on leave & many are being compensated for the loss. Claiming to be a sports dedicated channel this channel however devoted much of its time to non sports related programming as well.The channel has a redistribution agreement with Setanta Sports ...

The demise of NTV

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
A few ago we witnessed the birth of a brand new channel called NTV. The channel had pathetic coverage and even more pathetic was it's content. Mainly consisting of repeats of popular TV shows, this channel was doomed from the start. Apart from a few shows the only watchable content was some classical songs that they played from time to ...

All about the World Cup, or is it?

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Three years after the entire fiasco regarding the awarding of Cricket rights was played out, SLRC has been thrust forward as the official broadcaster of all things cricket involving Sri Lanka. CSN which was unceremoniously stripped of the rights over non payment of dues to ESPN Star Sports and has now been relegated to a sports channel that only has ...

Star Movies India pulls out

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
After a few years in Sri Lanka, Star Movies India which replaced Star Movies Asia will be pulled out from Sri Lanka tomorrow. Star Movies India which is the only version of Star Movies operated by Star India, all others are operated by Fox International Channels was introduced due to a regionalization drive undertaken by Fox International. Star Movies Asia ...

ICC World Cup broadcast rights held by CSN in danger

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
It's a new year, new week and a new president. Even though we don't care too much about politics, it invariably has on effect on our day to day lives.In the midst of these political changes, we can't help but wonder regarding the status of CSN's World Cup broadcast rights and rights for the whole of cricket in Sri Lanka.SLRC ...

Happy New Year 2015

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
We take this opportunity to wish all our fellow bloggers & the Management/Staff of all Media Institutions a"Very Happy & Prosperous 2015"

Exclusive - MTV Sports/New 1st faces identity crisis

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
In the wake of the launch of ADA Derana 24x7, MTV Sports / New 1st is facing an identity crisis. The channel which has a News 1st logo and MTV Sports logo displayed and telecasts everything ranging from sports, entertainment, etc doesn't seem capable of deciding what content to telecast. Initially MTV Sports biggest crisis was that they telecast many ...

Football extravaganza start in a few hours

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
In a few hours the biggest football extravaganza will kick off "LIVE" from Brazil. Local television viewers have the options of watching the broadcasts on Free-To-Air television via the state owned SLRC channels Rupavahini & Channel Eye, or on pay television services via Sony Six, provided the service provides the said channel - If not then it's best to call ...

Thinetha TV - Sri Lanka's first satellite HD channel, press release

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Press Release: Thinetha TVSri Lanka's First HD Satellite Television Channel "Thinetha TV" Commence SoonSteps have been taken to initiate a satellite television channel called "Thinetha TV" with the view of informing the world on economical and social trends achieved by Sri Lanka after the 30-year-long war. All programmes, which are telecasted in a national level television channel, are expected to ...

Dish TV's Sri Lanka strategy

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
With Dish TV testing transmissions under a company known as Dish TV Sri Lanka, lets take a look at their possible strategy in Sri Lanka. It's quite clear that Dish TV has been testing some local FTA channels including some Pakistani channels indicating that this is part of a larger regional strategy. With Pakistani channels having no downlink permission in ...

Dish TV Sri Lanka adds local channels

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
According to reports reaching us, Dish TV Sri Lanka has added many of the FTA local channels to it's platform. The channels are reportedly on NSS6 and SES8 at 95.0E 12170, H, 40700.At present it's said that Buddhist TV, Sirasa TV, Hiru TV, Derana, CSN, Vasantham, Swarnavahini are testing. However other reports suggest that Rupavahini, Siyatha TV, TNL TV have ...

Dish TV Sri Lanka starts testing

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
According to information coming in, Dish TV Sri Lanka has commenced testing on SES8 95E 12170H 40700 DVB-S. According to information there are about 27 channels being tested. Most of these channels are either Pakistani, Bangladeshi & Afghan channels.It seems that since most of these channels cannot be downlinked in India, Dish TV will use Sri Lanka as a base ...

Dish TV preparing for Sri Lanka launch

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Dish TV India is to launch services in Sri Lanka soon in a joint venture formed with Satnet. The joint venture company Dish TV Lanka is 70% owned by Dish TV & 30% owned by Satnet and makes use of Satnet's DTH license.Dish TV which planned to invest Rupees 700 million initially has approved a further Rupees 300 million for ...

You TV starts programming little by little

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
A couple of days ago we noticed that You TV (formerly Max TV) which rebranded a couple of months back but stuck solely to broadcasting only France 24, is now slowly introducing other programming content. However the other programming that are being introduced are still the same ones that existed during the time Max TV brand existed. Nothing much has ...

Videocon & Dish TV to launch in Sri Lanka soon

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
Unconfirmed reports coming to us are indicating that Videocon & Dish TV will be launching in Sri Lanka in the very near future. The operators are said to be looking at the possibility of setting up an earth station and uplinking from Sri Lankan soil.We are unable to confirm these reports, however there were indications back in 2012 of Dish ...

CSN showcases RBS 6 Nations

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
After a string of days with no clear broadcaster for RBS 6 Nations over FTA in Sri Lanka, it is pleasing to note that CSN carried the matches "LIVE" for Sri Lankan FTA audiences. The broadcast which was pulled off the special feed provided by "Setanta Sports" for their partners in Sri Lanka which was run without the "Setanta" logo ...

The so-called Sports channels

TV & Radio Sri Lanka
It's sad to note the plight of the two so-called sports channels in Sri Lanka, namely CSN (Carlton Sports Network) & MTV Sports. So far non of them have confirmed the "LIVE" broadcast of the RBS Six Nations Rugby, MTV Sports states on their facebook page that they will have highlights of the matches throughout the tournament, but it doesn't ...