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Good News For BUSY Rugby Fans, 17-Minute Highlights Of 2019 World Cup Matches, In HD, Available On YouTube (FREE).

by Anura Guruge

Just a very partial listing from YouTube.com.

Given that NBC holds the U.S. broadcast right for the 2019 World Cup I did not expect to see much on YouTube.

I was pleasantly surprised. NBC, for a change, is being NICE. Yes, they are but 17-minute HIGHLIGHTs but it is in HD and appears to capture what is needed. Yes, it does leave you feeling a bit lost and empty at times, but it is better than nothing.

To be honest, I am quite cool with this. I do NOT have time to watch a full 90-100 minute game — not with my writing and also watching cricket! So, this suits I.

Yesterday, I watched two matches, back-to-back: New Zealand v South Africa & Fiji v Australia. They were both beyond excellent. Must watch. Honest. Some of the running. Will leave you breathless.

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by Anura Guruge

Sling TV On The Roku — Another Option For Streaming Rio 2016 Olympics.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access Sling TV official Website.

This is another Rio 2016 Olympics OPTION if you do not have a NBC provider — which would allow you to get the “NBC Sports” channel, with GREAT Olympics coverage, on the Roku.

As always with Sling TV there is a 7-day FREE trial. So that would give you plenty of time to check it all out.

So … another option for Rio 2016.

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by Anura Guruge

Roku Service Will Be DOWN, For 6 Hours, Starting 8am (Eastern), This Thursday, August 11, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


E-mail from Roku given that I am registered (and active) customer. Click to ENLARGE. Visit support.roku.com for original.

So this coming Thursday — 3 days from now.

NOT the end of the World!

Your currently installed channels will CONTINUE to work during this planned maintenance.

So not really that big a deal.

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Rio 2016 Olympics On A Roku — NBC Sports Channel Is Good To Have.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to gain access to “Roku Guide” original.

Requires activation by providing a valid NBC channel provider — which in my case was DISH. Easy enough PROVIDED you do have a provider. Worked quite well though it takes a few minutes for the activation to kick-in and it is BEST to RESTART the channel. You should then see the name of your provider (e.g., DISH) appearing next to the NBC logo at the top of the screen.

A good way to watch the Olympics on NBC. Maybe the ONLY WAY. Yes, there are commercial.

But most of the Olympic events are separately catalogued and there are separate highlights, features and replays. Better than DVRing all of the NBC coverage and trying to find what you want to watch.

So IF you have a Roku and ‘access’ to NBC I would definitely get this Roku channel. I did, and I am glad. Got to watch the women’s bike race.

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Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Was Clever, Way Cool & Creative.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access short highlights package on YouTube. I assume more videos will make it to YouTube, NBC permitting, over the next 24 hours.

Impressive. We watched the first hour (with the interminable NBC commercials and drivel) and it was GOOD. I liked it.

The smaller ‘scale’ (than London & Beijing) worked. Made it more approachable and intimate. Very clever. Way cool. Bravo Brazil. You exceed my expectations (which are always quite high for modern Olympic opening ceremonies). The NBC coverage is being DVRed as I write. I can ONLY tolerate Olympics on NBC if it is taped and I can skip the commercials and the fluff.

Ironically, thanks to our Roku and the “UK TV” channel we actually watched 25 minutes of it, on BBC 1, WITHOUT commercials — and with an interesting running commentary. However, it was NOT in HD (and I am a sucker for HD).

Enjoy. As we have done in the past we will probably watch the whole opening ceremony again a few months later for the sheer nostalgia.

Not sure about the plane! I know a fair amount about early aviation history and that was new to me. SMILE.

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DISH TV Without CNBC & MSNBC Will Be Pretty Useless To ME!

by Anura Guruge


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I just happened to see this, on DISH (ironically), while watching MSNBC earlier this morning.

From what I see ‘Boston’ is not listed as an impacted market … BUT who knows.

Yes, we have all seen these DISH/DirecTV blackout threats.

But DISH without CNBC, in particular, will be useless to I. I wake up, each morning, to CNBC on my TV. I watch is for over an hour.

So I am going to stay on top of this. This could be a bummer.


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Samoa Doing An In-Your-Face ‘Haka’ Ahead Of The Rugby 2015 World Cup Match Against USA.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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I am taking a break from watching cricket and TRYING to watch as much of the Rugby 2015 World Cup as I can. While I was willing to pay to watch the Cricket World Cup 2015, my love for rugby is not as great. So I am content, in a kind of ‘sour grapes’ manner, just to watch the games available for free. So last night I started watching the Samoa v USA match on (NBC) Universal. Saw this Haka — which was called the above, Siva Tau. I love the Haka. Always have. This was good. I gather the New Zealand has a real great one for the World Cup. Haven’t seen it yet. I will share it with you when I do.

London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony: The Muhammad Ali Moment Was A Unmitigated DOWNER!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post: London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony, Gross, Unnecessary Distortion Of British History — July 28, 2012.

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Do not get me wrong. I am a HUGE Muhammad Ali fan. I adore the man. I first came to the U.S. in 1967. He, then Cassius Clay, was very much in the news. He was iconic. He was brilliant. As with so many of my age, boxing was synonymous with him. He is one of my very few non-cricketer sporting heroes, Nadal, Ashe, Gareth Edwards, J.P. R. Williams and Jean-Claude Killy probably being the others (I having worn a red cap that said ‘Killy’ on it for nearly 20 years of my skiing life).

I cried when Ali appeared at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics to light the flame.

I still cry when I see that clip. To me that was one of the greatest of Olympic moments.

The World should always remember Ali and the Olympics in terms of his historic win in Rome in 1960 and Atlanta in 1996. Period.

Having ‘Muhammad Ali’ appear towards the end of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, to symbolically touch the Olympic flag, was unnecessary, out-of-context, stupid and above all a HUGE DOWNER.

I did NOT recognize Ali. Check the video above.

When I was told it was Ali, I was shocked, depressed and embarrassed.

To make it worse, some NBC ‘twittering-head’ idiot was twerping away about it being the ‘unmistakable Muhammad Ali‘!

That was a HUGE mistake.

That was NOT my Muhammad Ali. To see the wheelchair behind him was sad; my mother too had Parkinson’s but died before she got to that stage of infirmity.

Poor Ali. He had no idea where he was or what he was supposed to be doing.

The 8 august flag carriers looked palpably uncomfortable. One, I think it was the ‘charitable’ lady from Brazil, gave Ali’s arm a squeeze as she left.

What were they thinking?

This was the second embarrassing faux pas of the Ceremony — ignoring the Empire was the other.

I have listened to the Americans rave about the director Danny Boyle. Most know him from Slumdog Millionaire. If you remember that, it had some strange, even gruesome scenes. I bet most of the twits on NBC have never seen Trainspotting, his first movie. That was one heck of a strange and dark movie. To me the Opening Ceremony was like Trainspotting.

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There was ABSOLUTELY NO need to have Muhammad Ali there. He has no real connection with London, other than getting knocked down there, for the first time in his life, by Henry Cooper.

So was this AN INSIDER JOKE on poor Ali and the Americans? Bring Ali to London, those of us who were there will know that this was his first fall. Boyle sure is capable of cruelty such as that.

This was wrong. I am furious. We as Brits are better than this. Muhammad Ali is and will be one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. He was A MAN.

I really want to forget that stupid moment. Let us remember Muhammad Ali from the glory of 1996.

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