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‘Hotstar USA’, On Roku, Is But A Disgraceful Indian HORROR Show.

by Anura Guruge




The ‘Hotstar’ APP for the Roku is full of bugs!

For a start it lacks an account management option. I kid YOU not. Everything has to be done through your Roku account.

This means that renewals do NOT work! It is an unmitigated disaster. A typical Indian horror show.

It might be fine on a PC or phone, BUT NOT on Roku. Trust me on this.

Plus, watching the Vivo IPL on ‘Hotstar’ is near impossible.

‘Hotstar’ is for Indian kids with ADHD.

I am DONE!


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“Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018” Is This July — And Here Is A Great Video To Tee Things Up.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access this great video on Vimeo.


Click image to access the official Website for this momentous Centenary.


July 18, 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the GREAT man’s birth.

Hence this ‘Be the Legacy‘ Centenary.

It is going to be a huge, global celebration with gala events in many cities around the World, starting soon. I plan to keep you apprised of some of the key ones — such as President Obama’s speech, in South Africa, on the day, i.e., July 18, 2018.

But, in the meantime get into the swing of things by watching this very informative and well put together video.


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I Canceled Sling TV/Willow As Promised — Enough With Their Duplicity & Lack Of Cricket.

by Anura Guruge



My subscription did not end till this Sunday, i.e., April 22, 2018. So there wasn’t any point cancelling it earlier.

But, as promised, I did. Had it with Sling. It is a very duplicitous outfit. All they try to do is screw you.

Hotstar” is NOT great. After the first two matches they again stopped having full-length, ball-by-ball replays. You can watch it live, but after that it is only SHORT, unsatisfying snippets.

Not sure what I am going to do come June and IPL 2018 is over.


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YouTube Is Now Available On DISH Via An Hopper APP.

by Anura Guruge



I tried it out. It is there. You have to go into the DISH ‘Hopper’ Menu. They have a special, new entry, with the ‘YouTube‘ icon for the APP. Works. Works well. Good quality.

Just like the ‘YouTube’ APP on Roku. You can even sign into it with your normal account.

We had access to YouTube before via Roku. This is another option, and will save us having to switch from DISH to Roku.

Just to let you know.


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Huge Changes To TV Cricket In Australia, With Kerry Packer’s Channel 9 Losing Out.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From “BBC Sport”. Google “Australia cricket TV” for more …


Despite the timing it is NOT directly related to the ‘ball tampering‘ scandal, THOUGH Steve Smith could end up, ironically, as “Fox Sports” commentator. That is how I got to learn about it. Smith was in New York talking to “Fox Sports”. There is no shame these days.

Channel 9, Kerry Packer’s station, is losing rights to Test Matches after 40-years — bar the 2019 Ashes in England, which was exempt, because it had been previously negotiated.

“Fox Sports” has muscled in.

End of what was a long era.

So much of cricket today, One-Day Internationals in colored clothing and T20, can be traced back to Kerry Packer and his “World Series Cricket” in the late 1970s. I hated Packer for what he did to my beloved cricket at the time. Decades later, when everything was finally patched up, I grudgingly forgave him since he wasn’t all bad. He must be rolling in his grave.

Anywho … Now you know what is happening Down Under.


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You Can Get “Willow (Cricket)” With Vivo IPL 2018 On DISH — But You Will Need TWO Dishes!

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The proper Willow TV cricket coverage is available on DISH, for $14.99/month, BUT you need two dishes, i.e., if you only have ONE DISH you need a second installed and that is a PAIN.

Why do you need TWO?

The so called ‘International‘ channels are broadcast by a separate satellite which in a different spot in the sky.

I remembered this from 11-years ago when I first got DISH with cricket. Needed to have two antennas installed! Then I moved to ‘Sling‘ …

I tried last week to get Willow TV on DISH and ran into the 2nd DISH requirement. I could NOT be bothered since I plan to get rid of DISH before the Summer.

So, just a heads up.

You can have it, BIT you will have to wait for a DISH installation — and possibly have to pay around $100 for the privilege!


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