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SLCast, a television channel bridging Sri Lankan community living abroad with the country’s latest programs and music was launched on September 22 at Jaic Hilton, Colombo. The channel provides Sri Lanka’s popular television programs and the key content providers of the channels are Dialog Television, HiTV, VerbumTv, Heritage TV, Arsikmedia, Sri Lankan TV, Torana Music Box and Shradda Buddhist Channel.

CEO of SLCast Sanjaya Padmaperuma said that the channel ensures a full HD quality stream using the next generation television streaming standards by partnering with the best in the industry for its backbone operation. “Many television broadcasters have opted for their own streaming channels. However, the lack of facilities and infrastructure combined with the huge operational cost has resulted in these channels streaming content on low quality format,” said Padmaperuma.

In future, SLCast intends to promote theatre by live broadcasting of popular theatre plays to the overseas expatriate community as the event hits the boards. SLCast will also introduce the ‘Private Channel’ feature which will enable customers who wish to have their private functions (weddings, birthdays, tea parties, etc) privately streamed to friends and family overseas.

SLCast is the first and only channel to be listed on the international platform with channels such as HBO, SKY, FOX, TNT, Natgeo, CBS, History, Disney.

R. Millan de Silva, Chairman Verbum Television Pvt Ltd who was present at the press conference said that it is a great opportunity for them to reach out to the people living abroad, “We being the first and only Catholic channel in the country are for giving us the opportunity to reach the world with SLCast,” said Silva.

Torana Music Box Proprietor Sarath Kotelawala thanked the SLCast team for allowing them to take Sri Lankan music concerts to the world, “Due to piracy we do not export DVDs or CDs. However, with this venture we will be telecasting unreleased concerts in HD quality before we release it on DVD on SLCast,” he added.

Streaming of SLCast can be done through RokuTv, Samsung Smart Hub, Apple ios, Android, Android Smart Hub and also website streaming. They do not support the downloading of any content to a computer or any other device and therefore the content cannot be copied. It also offers geo-blocking facility.

SLCast does not support the downloading of any content to a computer or any other device. It is a 100% streaming service and thus none of the content can be copied direct. SLCast also offers the geo-blocking facility. If, for example, any particular market or country needs to be blocked from accessing a channel, SLcast has the technology to geo-block the channel to that country.

With plan to promote theatre, SLCast will soon introduce the live broadcast of popular theatre plays to the overseas expatriate community as the event hits the boards. SLCast will also introduce the ‘Private Channel’ feature which will enable customers who wish to have their private functions (weddings, birthdays, tea parties, etc) privately streamed to friends and family overseas.