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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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by Anura Guruge

The New PBS “Woman In White” (From The BBC) — Echoes Of “Jane Eyre” In The Best Possible Way.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the PBS Webpage for this captivating new series.

Somewhere around Friday, each week, I check PBS ‘primetime’ to make sure that I have the DVR set to record all shows of interest. This series, “The Woman in White” was being shown at 10pm on Sunday — which is usually NOT a slot reserved for promising masterpieces. But, the title alone was captivating. I hit the ‘Record Series’ button. I am sure glad I did.

We watched it today. It is GOOD. Echoes of Jane Eyre — and that is praise indeed. Teischan (12) actually said out loud that she liked it! She is hard to please and coming from her, this was also praise indeed.

You should still be able to catch Episode 1 on TV (if nothing else on Saturday night) or online. Definitely worth seeing. Looks very promising.

It is from the BBC. They don’t make too many duds.

This was GOOD. Thank YOU BBC. Thank YOU PBS.

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by Anura Guruge

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

by Anura Guruge

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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(Re)Watch ‘Bobby’, The 2006 Movie, 48-Years And All That Seems To Have Changed Was Obama!

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.

The FULL MOVIE is on YouTube!

I had seen it in 2006 — when it first came on. It was on DISH this last weekend and I DVRed it and watched it a couple of nights ago.

Wow. Wow. WOW!

It was like a TIME WARP. It could so easily have been June of 2016.

We are still talking about the SAME ISSUES: the DIVIDES — racial, wealth, hispanics-blacks, voter suppression, ‘right to work’, vote-rigging and voting machines.

Scary. IF you are into politics you really should watch this (again).

Makes you THINK — which is always a good thing.

Where would we be, where would the World be, IF just one of the Kennedy brothers had been spared?

The ONLY thing that this movie did not presage was that there would be an Obama exactly 40 years later.

Great movie.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Big Eyes’, The 2014 Movie Is Definitely Worth Watching If You Haven’t Seen It — Interesting, True Story.

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Click image to access IMDb.com listing for movie.

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

I was not familiar with this movie — given that I do not follow movie news or tends. Just tend to watch them on TV and occasionally at the cinema — and that, 100% of the time, is for the kids.

Big Eyes” caught my eyes when I was looking through all the ‘new’ movies available this weekend, on Cinemax & Showtime, as part of the DISH free, preview. I subscribe to HBO, so I don’t have to worry about catching movies available on that channel.

I DVRed “Big Eyes” (I think on Friday night) amongst a total of about 14 other movies and all 12 episodes of “Billions”.

“Big Eyes” is the only movie from this batch of recordings that we have watched — and by that I include Teischan (given that it was PG-13 (and we let Teischan watch PG-13s as long as she is with us)).

Good movie. True story. Amazing story. So 1950s and 1960s. Compelling. We liked it.

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“Three Faiths, One God” Is On PBS December 17 & 18, 2016 — YOU Really Should DVR.

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Click image to access PBS (WGBH) listing for New England.

This should be good and very instructive to MANY.

I will DVR it, thought I don’t have to. I do understand and appreciate this … three faiths, one God.

But, SO, SO, SO, SO Many in the U.S., including Trump, do NOT seem to get this. So, you should definitely watch. You will LEARN. It might make you think. Great program, ahead of ChristmasChanukah (Hanukkah).

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BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV, 4 etc., Live On Roku With “UKTV”.

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Saw this channel in Saturday’s “Roku Guide” and, of course, had to subscribe — and at $1.99/month it is not exorbitant. Yes, it has all the channels listed above.

However, on a Roku, all you get is live streaming. So you have to watch BBC and ITV LIVE (though, in the case of ITV there is a ‘one hour back’ option (as indicated by the +1)). There is no DVR capability or ‘Catch-Up TV’ function to watch anything other than the live feeds. There is also no program guide or info to tell you what you happen to watching on a given UKTV feed. Yes, there is an online listing but that is not available on the Roku,

All that said, for $1.99/month, it is nice to know that you can have ALL the BBC and ITV channels on your Roku. Now if I can find a DVR that lets me RECORD UKTV off the Roku.

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This Being Gallipoli 100th Anniversary “The Water Diviner” Is A Great Enlightening Movie To See.

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Click to access IMDb.com listing for the movie.

Saturday, January 9, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the ending of the incredibly gruesome World War IGallipoli Campaign‘, 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916, in which over 112,000 soldiers, from both sides, died — ironically, pretty close to 50:50. The Allies that fought in ‘Gallipoli’ were made up of forces from the U.K., France, Australia, New Zealand, British India & the Dominion of Newfoundland.

Most of us, especially those of us lucky enough to be from the mighty British Commonwealth, obviously, know of ‘Gallipoli’ but would be hard pressed to come up with much details other than that a lot of folks, many of Australia and New Zealand, died. And yes some of us know of and mark ANZAC day.

Well, this movie, is a great way to learn a LOT about what happened in Gallipoli while being entertained to a fairly good yarn and some beautiful cinematography.

HBO had it, i.e., “The Water Diviner“, as its featured Saturday night movie a few weeks ago. I DVRed it and we watched it recently. We liked it. I learnt a lot. So sharing that with you.

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PBS Masterpiece “Home Fires” Season 1 Is DONE! No Show Tonight. Bummer!

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Click to ENLARGE and bemoan here. Here is the PBS link: http://video.pbs.org/video/2365597413/

I happened, out of idle curiosity, to check the PBS (Boston Channel 2 WGBH) listing to make sure that the DVR was still set to record ‘Home Fires‘ and ‘Indian Summers‘. Noticed that they were airing a rerun of a ‘Downton Abbey‘ episode as opposed to ‘Home Fires’. Pointed that out to the kids. They wouldn’t believe it. Checked Channel 11, NH PBS. Ditto.

Googled. Found above.

I am shocked. It finished without giving any kind of warning that this was IT for the Season — at least Season 1. I am bummed. A double whammy for us. We just finished watching all the episodes (27?) of the Australian ‘A Place to Call Home‘ — which was on PAR with ‘Downton Abbey‘ & ‘Home Fires’. We definitely liked ‘Home Fires’ more than ‘Indian Summers’ though we have not missed an episode of that either. Shame.

A nice, heartwarming, easy to watch show. I guess it will be awhile before we get Season 2. It could be like the “Great British Bake Off” — another family favorite. We might end up watching in on YouTube before it ever makes it to PBS.

FREE HBO & Cinemax Preview Weekend On DISH — Now, Oct. 16 – 18, 2015.


DVR this IF you haven’t seen it. Very FUNNY.

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I just found out when HBO left me a ‘preview teaser‘ on DVR.

So giving you a heads up.

To be honest nothing really that special this weekend!

Yes, I had had HBO for the last 4 months and Cinemax for 3 of those. So I have seen many of these movies (and I typically don’t watch the series). I now have HBO, on Dish, ‘for life’, for $10/month. So the preview doesn’t get me much. BUT, if you don’t have HBO or Cinemax get your fingers working and record some. Enjoy.

Here I got you the Primetime schedule. Just click to ENLARGE.