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‘TDS TV’ FREE HBO Preview — DVR Recording Made Remain After The Preview.

by Anura Guruge


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This was my first ‘TDS TV‘ free PREVIEW and I wasn’t sure what to expect.

For a start, I wasn’t sure whether any HBO or CINEMAX recordings I made will remain when the preview ended (which was today).

So far, so good but I will feel more confident tomorrow.

I think it was when I had DISH. DVR recordings only worked provided you still had the channel. So, any recordings you made disappeared when the preview ended. They tried to get you to sign-up for that channel.

As far as I can the TDS TV preview ended today. The HBO and Cinemax channels no longer appear on the Guide.

But, the FEW recordings I made are still there — and they play.

So, hope this helps.


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FREE HBO & Cinemax Preview On ‘TDS TV’ August 16 — 20, 2019.

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I wondered whether ‘TDS TV‘, like DISH and DirectTV, did such FREE preview weekends. And then I got an e-mail a few days ago.

I have had ‘TDS TV’, with considerable success and satisfaction, for one-week short of a year. This was the FIRST preview that I was aware of.

Starts tomorrow. HBO will be in 800 range. We might have to go find it off the Guide. I don’t know. My first time.

I will let you know. If you have ‘TDS TV’ enjoy. There are a few HBO movies I wouldn’t mind seeing. Not sure whether DVRing will work — after the Preview window ends.


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“Maudie” Movie (2016) On Starz About Canadian Artist Maud Lewis — Very Watchable & Moving.

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The actual Maud Lewis. Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud_Lewis


Some Maud Lewis paintings from Google Images.



This is quite the movie! Wow. Very moving. It sucks you right in.

One night a couple of weeks ago I was going through my STARZ channels on DISH and caught a bit of the movie. Looked interesting. So, I downloaded it, from STARZ-on-Demand.

Never heard of the movie or Maud Lewis, which it is about. But, I am glad I downloaded it.

Amazing story. I like a plain but bold paintings. Very inspirational. She was always happy and smiling despite all of her obvious adversity and setbacks.

Definitely recommended.


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STARZ “Howards End” Series (2018) Is At An End.

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YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


The last episode of Season 1, viz. Episode 4, aired this last Friday, April 29, 2018. That from what I see concludes the story as written by the incomparable E.M. Forster in 1910. On the STARZ Webpage there is an implication that there might be a Season 2. But, that would have to be an major embellishment to Forster’s original.

The series was immaculately produced. The cinematography was BEYOND first class; it was lavish and sumptuous. A visual treat.

I am, however, not convinced that serializing “Howards End” worked — at least for those of us that watched the episodes weekly as they came out. The weekly gap between episodes broke the spell and often you struggled to think back to the prior episode to recall the entire thread in its full glory. But, now that all four episodes are out you could watch them back-to-back.

Each episode was nominally 55-minutes. So, that is 220 minutes (3H 40 minutes) in total. So, here is something else that I found interesting. The classic 1992 movie was 142 minutes (2h 20 minutes) long. So, the STARZ version is a full one hour 18 minutes longer! What does that mean. Did they spin out the story or did the movie omit scenes. I plan to watch the movie this week, if I can.

We are glad we watched the series. We looked forward to it and are sad that it has concluded. Maybe we should have recorded all the episodes and then watched it over a couple of days.

Well, now you know what options you have.

Yes, the episodes are still available on STARZ.


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“Whisky Galore” Movie (2016) On Starz — Classic British Comedy, Reminiscent Of “Waking Ned Devine”.

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YouTube trailer.


“Waking Ned Devine” Trailer (on YouTube).


Very funny. Very watchable. Classic British comedy with touches of the 1960s — 1970s “Dad’s Army” — but definitely more reminiscent of 1998 “Waking Ned Devine” (though alas without any nudity involving the backsides of scrawny old men).

It was on Starz (which we got free from DISH for 3 months) and I recorded it. Glad I did. We enjoyed it. Yes, a bit corny and a tad predictable — but it is said to be based on a true story. So, I guess they had to stay somewhat close to the actual events, even at the risk of it been not-as-dramatic if it was purely fictional. Great cast of characters. Try and watch it. I am sure you will enjoy it.


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YouTube Is Now Available On DISH Via An Hopper APP.

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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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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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“Howards End” Series (2018) On Starz — Charming And Beautifully Crafted.

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Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


YouTube trailer for the 1992 Ivory Merchant movie.


We lucked out. I wanted to see this STARZ adaptation of “Howards End“, and last Thursday, DISH gave me STARZ, free for 3 months, because they screwed-up, badly, trying to get me the Willow Cricket channel. So, that was nice and quite lucky.

We watched about half of the first episode, from the DVR, on Monday night. It lived up to my expectations and was true to the TV ‘teasers’ I had seen.

Very charming and easy on the senses. Beautifully crafted in all aspects. The cinematography is first class.

I have seen the 1992 Ivory Merchant produced movie at least twice. That was quite the movie — but cinematography has made strides in the last 26-years. The high-definition rendering of the new show makes the lavishly produced 1992 movie look dull and pedestrian.

I am sure we are going to enjoy this series. When it ends, might have to go back and look at the 1992 movie again.


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“Growing Up Smith” Movie (2015) — Brilliant: Very Funny & Emotive In The End.

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Never heard of it, never seen a trailer for it. Then this past Monday I was idly browsing through the DISH program guide when I noticed that it must have been a STARZ preview weekend. “Growing Up Smith” was coming up and it looked interesting. We, for obvious reasons, are suckers for this type of movie — Indians coming of age in the U.S. (or the U.K.). That it was a 10-year old was even better — and as I had hoped Teischan loved it.

Very clever and cute movie. Brilliantly put together. Rip roaringly funny. Really, really funny — at so many levels. Then right at the end … very emotive. Even tear jerking. Teischan was mad that it ended the way it did. But, the ending was good. You could make up your own scenario.

Definitely recommend it. One of the more entertaining movies I have seen of late. Enjoy.


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“The Durrells In Corfu” & “The Collection” Have Come To An End On PBS — For Now, I Hope.

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I have my DISH DVR (i.e., Hopper) to automatically record all new episodes of “The Durrells in Corfu” & “The Collection“.

The Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend, i.e., November 27, 2017, I noticed that I did NOT have any new episodes for either show. I thought that PBS might have opted to skip that weekend.

Then again this weekend. NADA.

So, I went and looked at PBS.org.

They have BOTH ended. Unexpectedly, I would say — especially for “The Collection“.

I hope PBS is not playing ‘games’ because of their budget cuts.


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