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PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires”, Episode 2 Which Airs Tonight, More Engaging Than ‘Indian Summers’.

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I had a hunch that this might be a ‘keeper’ and I may have got it right. I DVRed Episode 1 last Sunday, straight after recording Episode 2 of “Indian Summers“, and we watched it, mid-week after we had watched “Indian Summers”.

Teischan was enthralled and that just makes my day. These days I record many of these programmes for the kids. That they absolutely adore anything and everything to do with British period drama just cracks me up (in a nice way) given that they really haven’t had that much exposure to the ol’ country. It started, of course, with ‘Downton Abbey‘ but they have now seen all of ‘Cranford’ (via Roku & Amazon Prime), ‘Mr. Selfridge‘ and many episodes of ‘Upstairs/Downstairs’ (via Roku & Acorn).

“Home Fires” is a warm and cozy story kind of like Cranford meets Downton Abbey in 1939.

I have been wracking my brain to see if I knew anybody who attended “Women’s Institute” (WI) meetings on a regular basis and I am still drawing a blank. But, of course, WI is no stranger to I.

I loved Episode 1. It was cute and compelling.

I found it much more engaging that “Indian Summers”. We have now watched 2 episodes and I am still not convinced about it. It seems to lack some pivotal  je ne sais quoi. It has got all the right ingredients but in my book it still comes up short. Per PBS tonight’s episode 3 is supposed to have fireworks. Lets hope so. We are going to watch all of it, but right now I am more looking forward to seeing episode 2 of ‘Home Fires’ than E3 of ‘Indian Summers’.

P.S., We (Deanna & I) watched Episode 1 of “The Widower“. It was GOOD. Give it a try. Interesting. Enjoy.


Not Seeing Much, If Any, Sri Lanka v. Pakistan or New Zealand v. West Indies On TEN Cricket Right Now.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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I am lucky and I am very grateful for it: I get to watch cricket on TEN Cricket, every night (that I am home), thanks to Skybox TV.

These days I preview the Live feed before I check Catch-Up.

Then yesterday, with Sri Lanka throwing away their Christmas ODI against Pakistan, it occurred to me that I had not seen any of the Sri Lanka v. Pakistan ODIs in TEN. I just checked the TEN schedule online. The emphasis, rightly, is on the South Africa v. India Test and I am sure going to watch that. I am still partial to Test cricket.

I will keep an eye on this. In theory TEN has contracts with SL, Pak, WI, SA etc. etc.

Click to access TEN schedule at 'TEN'.

Click to access TEN schedule at ‘TEN’.


“Christmas At Belmont 2013” On PBS Is Nearly As Good As Last Year’s “Christmas At Luther”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

I recorded this from PBS either Thursday night or Friday night.

I have already listened to parts of it. It is VERY GOOD. Actually amazing.
That we have kids that are this talented is sobering.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

Those parents deserve to be so proud.

BRAVO Belmont.

Watch out for the French Horn brigade. Impressive, visually and auditorily.

They play a mean Xylophone too.

Maybe as good as “Christmas at Luther” on PBS last year. I actually recorded that, again, from PBS earlier this past week — though it was but the rerun of the 2012 program. My 2012 recording was on my DISH DVR. Got rid of DISH in June. So I had lost the recording. The new recording is on my DirecTV ‘Genie’ DVR — which is not the greatest DVR, but the only one I have.

I checked the PBS listing. They are airing ‘Belmont’ on Monday, December 23, and on Christmas Eve (which usually is on December 24 (unless of course if it is a Leap Year when Passover happens ahead of Yum Kippur with Orion in the house of Ishta ahead of a Venus transit of Mars)).


My Early Christmas Present To YOU: “King Is Born” From ‘Christmas At Luther 2012’, By The Incomparable Luther College Norsemen.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Please, please CLICK to access YouTube video.

This will make YOUR week
and possibly weak at the knees!


I raved about ‘Christmas at Luther’ last year.

Indubitably the best Christmas music show on TV in 2012.

I had it on my DISH DVR as protected and watched bits of it daily.

The Luther College Norsemen were my favorites.

This guy … WOW.

I have a son who must be roughly his age.
I think of that.
I am very proud of my intellectually bestriding son.
This guys parents must be so, so proud of him.

Luther College, of course, is doing their annual Christmas shows.

What I can’t determine is whether PBS will show us the 2013 show or even repeat the 2012 performance.

Till then PLEASE enjoy this.

It is my early Christmas Present to YOU ALL.

Watching ‘TEN Cricket’ With Skybox TV ‘Catch Up’ Feature With Great Success All Week. ‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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Catch Up‘ for TEN Cricket, essentially a server-side DVR capability that will go back 30-days became available on Skybox TV last Sunday.

I have, as was the case when I had cricket with DISH, been watching cricket every night from 10:00 to 10:45 pm — before coming up to do another 2 hours of work. All this week I used ‘Catch Up’ to watch the 2013 West Indies v. Pakistan ODI series. Great series. 3rd ODI was a nail-biter. Good cricket. Amazing bowling. Some memorable batting performances. The new tall West Indian bowler, Jason Holder, who can also hit, appears to be a GREAT FIND. Joy to watch him bowl. Reminds me of the greats from the 1970s and 1980s. And then Pakistan has the 7′ Irfan.

I wasn’t sure about ‘Catch Up’ since I had never used it. I like it. Saves me having to record the matches. They are there … on the menu … and you just select them. The 30-day window could be a problem. Maybe I could get them to extend it, at least for ‘TEN’, to maybe 90 days. That would work.

Quality has been GOOD. Actually GREAT. No delays, no jitter, no breakup of the video. Actually it is better than what I was getting on DISH. Yes, one program was only 1/2 recorded, 57 minutes out of 2 hours. But, I think that was an initial glitch. Yes, I have told them about it and they promised to look into it.

So, I am a very happy camper.

Had another call today from somebody who wants a box. Here is THE LINK.



‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV: ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature Now Available For TEN Cricket! Great News.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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As I had anticipated, based on what I had been told by the Skybox TV developer, ‘Catch Up TV’ was available as of Saturday, August 17, 2013, for TEN Cricket.

I actually used it. 10 to 10:45 pm is my de rigueur time slot for my daily dose of cricket. So I tuned into the Skybox TV. Saw that TEN was now appearing in ‘Catch Up TV’. Of course selected that. Saw a West Indies vs. England ODI — labeled as a Classic from 4 pm that day. Selected that. It was a match from 1997. It was good to watch the likes of Lara, Hicks, Walsh etc. Picture quality was very good. Kind of funny but I would even say that the TV coverage was also better with Picture-in-Picture (PIP) insert to show what was happening at the wicket while the ball was heading towards the rope. I miss that in the modern coverage. Good game.

Catch Up feature seems to work well. I am delighted. This is getting better by the day.

No question whatsoever. Skybox TV is a REAL VIABLE option for getting TEN Cricket in the U.S.

Doesn’t Anybody Go To Watch Sri Lanka Super 4’s Twenty20 Matches At The Venue?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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I don’t normally watch any domestic cricket, from any country, preferring to get my daily fix from international games, ideally Tests and failing that ODIs.
But, until we get the DVR-like 30-day ‘Catch Up TV‘ feature on the Skybox TV, I have to watch what is being ‘broadcast’. Today TEN was focused on the Sri Lanka Super 4’s Twenty20. I had never even heard of it since I am not that partial to T20 — unless the West Indies are batting.

So I ended up seeing parts of two separate matches, both from the R. Premadasa Stadium (which I used to know as the Oval). In both cases the stadium was empty. I didn’t even spot a dog. I used to go to British county games, mid-week, in the 1970s (though I was supposed to be working at IBM). There wouldn’t be many folks around but there was certainly at least a 100 more for those games than I saw at the Premadasa. That is pretty bad, especially for a T20. Yes, I am sure Sri Lankans have had a surfeit of International cricket over the last few years and now, as opposed to when I was growing up (when Ceylon did not have TV), they can always watch it on the telly. It is kind of a shame. International players in an empty stadium. Some pretty decent cricket too. If nothing else, we can belt a cricket ball (better than most).

Premadasa moderately populated for what looks like an ODI. Today, in marked contrast, all these stands were empty and I mean not a soul in sight, not even a stray dog — never mind the proverbial ‘a man and a dog’.

‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Now Has Program Schedule In Preparation For ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature.

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I noticed that the TEN Cricket schedule, for the day, was on display when I switched over to the Skybox TV on Thursday night for my nightly dose of cricket.

That was good news. Having the schedule was a prerequisite for the 30-day, DVR-like ‘Catch Up TV‘ feature. So as promised we might have this feature soon, maybe even by this weekend. Wow. I am excited. Then I can go and pick and chose what I want to watch in terms of matches.

‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Will Soon Have The ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature Going Back 30 Days!

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I chatted with one of the Skybox TV developers (in Canada) this afternoon. We had been ‘chatting’ briefly on the phone and on e-mail over the last 10 days, but this was the first time we had a long, productive two-way dialogue about my impressions of ‘TEN Cricket’ with the Skybox TV and what was coming down the pike.

I had been told from day one that a DVR-like Catch Up feature would be available for TEN Cricket.

There is one Indian-program Catch Up TV channel on the Skybox right now. I actually played with it tonight. It is cute.

TEN Cricket is the next channel to be added — SHORTLY.

They are just waiting on getting the electronic schedule since this is key — as with a DVR. When activated you will be able to go back a month and pick programs, in the case of cricket fan, specific matches, we want to watch. This will be great. Can’t wait.

I will get updates in the coming days and I will keep you posted. This will really be a breakthrough. We might even get to see Tri-Nations.

Stay tuned. 

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