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NEO Cricket Channel No Longer Available On DISH Network. No Great Loss. But, They Owe Us A Price Reduction.

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Anura Guruge


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When I noticed in early April that the NEO channel on DISH (#713) was showing the same exact programming as that of Willow (#712), I immediately knew that something was up — and that it wasn’t going to be good.

I was never a fan of NEO. They had no idea, whatsoever, of how to cover cricket and their programming was for Indian kids. I never watched it. I only watch Willow and Ten Cricket. So, losing NEO was not of consequence to me — other than on principle. I was paying for 3 cricket channels and DISH as such owed me 3 channels. I called up and got quite a good deal from them for 3 months. I won’t divulge what the deal was because I don;t want to get anybody in trouble. But, I hung up the phone with a smile on my face.

I now see that NEO is going away and to me it is GRBR. But, I am still paying for 3 channels, though DISH is now going to claim that they are giving me Willow in HD. I can counter that I pay for lifetime HD with DISH and that all my channels should be in HD. To be honest I have yet to see a marked improvement in picture quality on Willion (and, yes, I have a very good, 47″ Philips HD set that displays vivid HD if it is properly transmitted).

I am not impressed with the way that Willow and Ten Cricket are run. That they cannot provide meaningful programming information is puerile. I can’t find much information about either company but I have a feeling that they are predominantly Indian run. To me, that is the problem. They could do with some non-Indian management to stop them from being so complacent and lackadaisical. One of these I will really tell you what I feel about these two channels — and remember I do watch at least 45 minutes of cricket a day, rain or shine. So I do have lots of hands on experience with these two channels.

NEO Cricket Channel On DISH Network Gets A 5 – 6 Week Sabbatical Till Mid-May 2013. Same Willow Cricket On Both Channels 712 & 713.

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I hadn’t checked my three 24×7 cricket channels on DISH for a ‘few’ days now. OK, maybe even a week. I still have in excess of 80 hours recorded and since I, at most, only get to watch 45 minutes a day, it is going to take me 3 months just to watch what I have now. Plus, I am running out of room.

But today I idly checked the schedule and noticed that NEO was missing — not that I really cared because I rarely if ever watch any cricket on NEO. Noticed that Willow was being shown on both channels 712 & 713. Eaxact same programming. So it was just the principle of things. I am paying my $19.99/month for 3 channels, not 2. So, I called up DISH.

They told me the news. We sorted things out very amicably. DISH tends to be good to me, as you would expect given my monthly bill. I was happy and they were happy that I was happy.

So NO NEO till mid-May. Not that I care. Not really sure who watched NEO. It is not a credible cricket channel. To me it is like MTV with cricket videos.

I think, I am not sure, that it is the IPL. Something else that I don’t watch. Has zero appeal to me. I am still warming up to T20. Have seen a few decent T20s. I will typically record a T20 if WI, Ind. or Pak is playing. Yes, I don’t typically watch SL playing T20. Actually, of late, I haven’t watched much SL at all! Back to my longtime obsession with WI. They are getting better and with that, I find them, as ever, compelling.

So the bottom line is that if you notice that NEO is missing on DISH, do not panic.