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DISH Network & DirecTV Might Merge By Year End! So, A Heads Up. Don’t Switch Without Factoring That In.

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Related Posts:
>> TEN Cricket not available on Direct TV either — May 31, 2013.
>> TEN Cricket & Dish … contract dispute — May 30, 2013.
>> TEN Cricket joins NEO in leaving DISH — May 30, 2013.
>> NEO Cricket no longer on Dish — May 26, 2013.
>> NEO cricket channel on dish, 5 – 6 week sabbatical — April 6, 2013.
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In terms of cricket channels, right at this moment, there is no difference between Dish and DirecTV. Both are only offering Willow. I haven’t checked in the last 4 hours, but I suspect that Dish will probably give you Willow for $14.95. I cancelled my entire ‘Cricket Pack’ out of chagrin — thought they claim that they will still give me a $5/month discount in addition to the nice 3 month ‘bennie’ I got when I complained that NEO was not available.

Just want to make sure that none of you switch from one to another just in the hope of getting more cricket. Will not do you any good.

Yes, I am thinking of switching to DirecTV. I have been with Dish for 3 years. All my DVR equipment is old and I pay, even without the cricket, close to $100/month — and I don’t pay for any premium movie channels.

Kind of funny. Over the last 72 hours I have ‘chatted’ on line with DirecTV. Today, I get, through the mail, a special, ‘please sign up‘ offer. Yes, I am going to check it out.

The goal of this post however is just to give you all a heads up that down the road whether you are with Dish or DirecTV might be all moot if they merge.

 

TEN Cricket Is NOT Available On Direct TV Either! So Both Dish & Direct TV Now Only Offer Willow (For $14.99/Month).

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
>> TEN Cricket & Dish … contract dispute — May 30, 2013.
>> TEN Cricket joins NEO in leaving DISH — May 30, 2013.
>> NEO Cricket no longer on Dish — May 26, 2013.
>> NEO cricket channel on dish, 5 – 6 week sabbatical — April 6, 2013.
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I checked last night and called them up a few minutes ago.

Direct TV like DISH is now down to Willow — at $14.99/month.

That is diabolical.

Yes, I got confirmation. TEN is indeed Indian owned and Indian run. That explains it all. Right now, per their own Web site, TEN on TV is only available in India, Singapore, Hong Kong and UAE! 

TEN Cricket & DISH Network Appears To Be A Contract Dispute. TEN Pulled Signal From Dish Yesterday!

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
>> TEN Cricket joins NEO in leaving DISH — May 30, 2013.
>> NEO Cricket no longer on Dish — May 26, 2013.
>> NEO cricket channel on dish, 5 – 6 week sabbatical — April 6, 2013.
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As promised last night (or more like early this morning), I did call up DISH to find out about what happened to my $19.99 ‘Cricket Pack’ that went from 3-channels to ONE — overnight.

As ever I got a very nice, very helpful rep. I find that DISH does have very responsive, very motivated reps. I like them and they seem to like me. That my bill with them, with the $19.99 ‘Cricket Pack’, is around $130/month probably has something to do with it.

The Rep checked his own in-house program details. Yes, his description of the ‘Cricket Pack’ said NEO and TEN Cricket. But, he also found an ‘e-mail’ broadcast to them that told them that TEN was history — at least for now. TEN Cricket supposedly pulled the signal yesterday — most likely without too much notice.

The Rep claimed that DISH was working with TEN to get the signal back.

Sounds like a contract dispute. I, of course, don’t know the details. I suspect the ‘Cricket Pack’ wasn’t as big a money spinner for DISH as they had hoped. It was mainly targeted at Indians living in the U.S. and Indians by nature are ‘close, very close, to their dollar‘. [That is a beautiful expression I learned from Weirs Beach marina owner, the elder Mr. Thurston, who also told me that he never takes his Rolex off his wrist because the change in temperature was the biggest bug bear to those temperamental (overrated) watches.] If they can watch some cricket for free on the Internet they would opt for that, any day of the week, than paying a ‘Rupee’ to watch it on a TV. Well, I am not Indian. Watching cricket on a computer does not hold any appeal for me, though I do have a 27″ HD monitor.

The Rep, after making some calls, gave me a 6 month discount. But, I cancelled the ‘Cricket Pack’ anyway. As I said in my earlier post I have 2 months worth of cricket already recorded and bloody Willow is not showing the ‘ICC Champions Trophy’. A pox on them all. But, I am still getting my 6 months discount. The Rep insisted! I told you, they like me.

I am sure both sides are to blame in this sorry mess.

I also established that I am well clear of any DISH contacts. Last night (and by that I mean 1 am this morning) I started checking out Direct TV. I already had one online chat with Direct TV. They, at least of now, carry TEN. The Champions Trophy is on TEN. Yes, I could have Direct TV by June 6. So watch this space.

TEN Cricket Joins NEO In Departing DISH Network. Sudden Banner On TEN Cricket Channel This Afternoon. Not Good.

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Anura Guruge


Related Post:
>> NEO Cricket no longer on Dish — May 26, 2013.
>> NEO cricket channel on dish, 5 – 6 week sabbatical — April 6, 2013.
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I got a heads up from a reader this afternoon in the form of this comment. Thank you, Vijay. I went and checked. Sure enough.

I didn’t care about NEO. I do care about TEN Cricket. Most of the West Indies games are covered by them and I am addicted to watching the West Indies. So …

Not good. Not sure whose fault it is. Most likely DISH threw them out. 

I also found that Willow is not covering the ICC Champions Trophy starting in the UK next week. Not good.

I scrolled down my DVR recorded list tonight. I do have about 60 hours of recorded cricket. That is 2 months worth of watching.

So I will be cancelling my ‘Cricket Pack‘ from DISH tomorrow, after, of course, trying to get them to compensate me in someway for their breach of contract. They still claim that their Pack features 3 channels. Also time to look into moving to Direct TV. I am sure they will give me some very good deals.


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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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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. 


Livid About ESPN’s Lack Of TV Coverage Of The ICC World Twenty20 2012. I Am Beyond Bummed!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Click image to access the ‘ESPN Video’ 15 minute highlights of the ICC World T20 Finals between Sri Lanka and West Indies, October 7, 2012.


What a GREAT uplifting image … from AFP posted at ‘cricinfo’. Click image to see FULL size image


As far as I can remember, all my life, I have been cricket MAD. It is still the abiding passion of my life, a just very few things getting precedence over my addiction to cricket. As a boy growing up in Ceylon I played some form of cricket everyday; if it was raining making do in our garage. My desire to study and analyze subjects in depth, to be a ‘guru’ on a subject, started with cricket. I would study the science of cricket for hours on end. I was good at reading games. Yes, I played, never that well BUT always memorably to all concerned. Yes, people would come to watch me, at all levels, just for the sheer entertainment value I would provide. Nobody, especially me, would be sure what I would do, but invariably there would be a flash of genius followed by long periods of ignominy. But, those flashes, though always fleeting, amused people. I played with gusto. All heart. No discipline. Non-stop action. I watched a LOT of cricket too. I was a member of ‘Hampshire Cricket Club’ and ‘Middlesex Cricket Club’ and was a regular fixture in the Grandstands at most home games.

I saw, in person, all of the GREAT players on the 1970s and 1980s; Barry Richards, Imran Kahn, Mike Proctor, Richard Hadlee, Andy Roberts, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and all the British players. I ‘knew’ many of them from all the times we would be at the same place at the same time. I was there in Southampton the day a 19 year old Malcolm Marshall made his debut on a cold, April day. He bowled terribly and dropped a catch. Me, from my customary perch in the Stands, shouted out: ‘give him a bucket’. I cried when he died.

My son’s middle name is ‘Gordon’, after Gordon Greenidge. I was blessed to see a LOT of Gordon, both for Hampshire and the West Indies. Given that Gordon, Andy and Malcolm, all played for Hampshire (to which I belonged) and Viv played for Somerset (which was my 2nd home in those days), I was a HUGE West Indies fan.

Yes, I was there in 1979 when they won the World Cup.


That very, very briefly was a BIT about me and cricket before I moved to the States in 1985. During the first 10 years I still followed cricket quite a bit. I used to have the London ‘Sunday Times’ air mailed to me. I used to also get both cricket magazines from the U.K. delivered. Plus, I used to go back. During my first two years I used to fly back for weekends — and get a day of watching cricket in, at Lord’s, on Saturday! Fly out Friday night, fly back Sunday afternoon. back at work Monday morning.

Two years ago, I ditched Metrocast and got DISH. DISH offered 3-channels of 24×7 cricket for $20/month. Since this is my only indulgence is life, I rationalized that I can afford it. So, I have the DISH cricket package.

When I first subscribed, DISH did not bother to maintain the Program Guide for those 3 networks; i.e., you had no idea what was going to be shown. All that the ONLINE program guide would say was: cricket, cricket, cricket …

Took me 3 months to get that FIXED. They just could not understand. I had to keep on explaining that it would be like subscribing to HBO and having the guide just say: movie, movie, movie …

I did chronicle my woes … here. Check it out.



So we now come to the ICC World Twenty20 2012 T20 world cup that was held in Sri Lanka (the country of my birth) from September 18 to October 7, 2012.

Willow, Ten Cricket nor NEO Cricket had coverage of it.

The bloody ICC had sold the U.S. and Caribbean rights to SBOs at ESPN. What the heck do the clowns at ESPN no about cricket. Cricket is way, way too subtle and cerebral for those that can only appreciate crash-AD-bang-AD-wallop-AD sports.

I can’t find any bloody TV coverage of the T20 World Cup by ESPN. I don’t want to watch it on my PC. Yes, I have a 27″ HD screen, and yes it looks good, BUT I have a 47″ HD screen and that is where I want to watch the cricket — FULL SCREEN.

Bloody ESPN. May all of them get the POX.