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Has Sling TV Been Hacked, And Hacked Badly — Hence The Huge, 16+ Hour Outage?

by Anura Guruge

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Current, i.e., 12:45pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 message at “help.sling.com”.

The HUGE Sling TV outage continues.

It has now been over 16 hours for some.

I guess I lucked out that I got one hour of remission last night from 11:05pm till around 11:45pm. I stopped watching at that time.

Sling TV is down again THIS morning (when I last checked around 11:30am).

This is crazy.

I suspect that they have been HACKED, and hacked badly. That is the only thing that would, to I, explain an outage, of this magnitude, for this long.

Now hacking does NOT always have to be to STEAL data. It can be just to cause disruption (as in this case) or to try out techniques that can be used again, on a wider basis, at a later date. Sling TV is owned By DISH. This might have been an attempt to eventually take down DISH. Just think of the consequences if that happened a few days ahead of the November 2018 mid-term elections.

This is scary.

I suspect that this is MUCH WORSE than they will ever admit.

A service cannot be down for this long …

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by Anura Guruge

Huge Sling TV Outage On Tuesday, April 3, 2017 Spreading Into April 4.

by Anura Guruge

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Curt message at ‘help.sling.com’.

This was around 12:45am, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. It was more widespread a couple of hours earlier.

This on Twitter, BUT also on Facebook. A lot of angry and unhappy customers.

In my case the ‘Sling TV‘ outage, on my Roku 3, was from 9:55pm to 11:05pm (Eastern) on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. But, from what I can glean from the Web it is still down for many — into Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Ruined my night … as it did for many.

I was SO looking forward to watching the last day of the eventful 4th Test match between South Africa and Australia while I had my dinner.

Sat down with my dinner and fired up Willow TV, on Sling.

Program came up but there was no video. Waited, waited, waited … nothing. Tried a few other … nothing. After 10 minutes I knew something was wrong. Did all my diagnostics and recycling at my end. Nothing. Other Roku channels working FINE. Checked PC. Saw that others were also having issues.

So, I was forced to eat dinner watching the news! That was frustrating.

At 11:05 I tried again. It worked.

I got to see the highlights of the last day. Made my day.

So, heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

Have You Heard Of ‘Nelson Mandela Bay’ In South Africa?

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela_Bay_Metropolitan_Municipality

Click to ENLARGE and study. That is where it is.

Watch this video and be entranced and captivated.

As with the “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum” that I talked about yesterday, I saw references to “Nelson Mandela Bay” while watching cricket from South Africa, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3). That name appeared as a logo on some of the ‘painted-on-the-grass’ ads that are now part-and-parcel of cricket grounds.

Every Time I saw it, I was reminded of the ‘Mandalay Bay‘ hotel in Las Vegas. So, I thought that it must be a fancy resort and wondered what it took to get his name. I did, however, make a mental note that I was going to look it up — when I had the time.

I did so yesterday.


Established in 2001. Wow. A population of 1.2 million. This SO GREAT. I am so proud and happy.

I wanted to make sure that I shared this with you. Take a look. There are good things happenings all around the World.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum’ With An Amazing, Huge Sculpture Of The Great Man.

by Anura Guruge

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I happen to see a commercial for this “Nelson Mandela Capture Site Museum“, on Willow TV (on my Roku 3), last week while watching (intently) the South Africa vs Australia 2nd Test Match (that SA, to my relief, won).

I was intrigued. I went back and watched the commercial a number of times.

LOVE the huge metal sculpture. Wow. So clever and so realistic. BRAVO.

I, as some of you already know, am a HUGE fan of Nelson. So, this was right up my alley. IF I ever make it to South Africa I would, of course, make a point of visiting this.

I just wanted to share with YOU since I am not sure that the existence of this great museum is that well known.

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by Anura Guruge

“Black Books” On “Acorn TV”: Another Classic, Irreverent British Comedy Series.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the “Acorn TV” page for this wildly hilarious comedy series.


Yes, there is a must watch trailer that will give you an idea as to what you are missing.

I have been subscribing to “Acorn TV” — streaming British TV — on our “Roku 3” for over a year.

It is, indubitably, the BEST $4/month I spend!

On Friday night we came across “Black Books” while looking for a ’30-minute’ program. Glad we found it.

It was very, very funny.

Quintessential, irreverent British comedy. Nobody else comes close.

Some similarities to “The Detectorists” which was also on Acorn. 

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by Anura Guruge

Time (& Clock) On Roku Is Wrong, 3 Is 3 to 6 Minutes Fast (… Known Problem).

by Anura Guruge


Roku standard screensaver showing (wrong) time.

This wrong time, which has NOTHING to do with timezones, is most obvious if you have a screensaver that displays the Roku time. Then, if like us, you also happen to have a digital clock nearby you will notice that the Roku time is off by 3 to 6 minutes.

This has been going on for quite a long time. Other than being a minor distraction it does not bother me SINCE I never watch any live programs on my Roku. It is always stuff on ‘Catch Up’ mode or on a Watch List.

There is no way to set, or correct, the Roku 3 clock. In other words there is no Date/Clock set/reset function in the Menus.

Roku, as it should, gets the time from a server. And that is the problem.

Roku support, recently, tried to fob this off as being due to your home network router having the wrong time. Most people are NOT buying that. Most modern network/Wi-Fi routers use something called the “Network Time Protocol” (NTP) to automatically (and continually) set the time per some master clocks governing the Internet. IF your router is using NTP (as it probably is) the chances are that it has the BEST possible time in the world and is unlikely to be wrong. (Yes, it is the Internet equivalent of the broadcast atomic time clocks).

For now there is no known fix. The problem is most likely a Roku server issue. I will keep an eye on this for you. Stay tuned.

I haven’t used it but check out the CLOC screensaver app that shows local weather in addition to the time.

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by Anura Guruge

Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage February 5, 2016 & MetrcoCast Internet Outage February 7 in Alton, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

If nothing else I try to keep track of power and Internet outages, in Alton, New Hampshire, for my ‘record’ and edification.

Friday, February 5, 2016 was when we had the ‘unexpected’ (i.e., less than 12 hours notice) ‘big’ snowstorm — kind of the first of 2016 (after our unusually long stretch of above normal temperatures). There was an Eversource (nee PSNH) power outage around 9:30 am, that lasted for about 75 minutes, in Alton. We rolled out and hooked up the generators. To be fair as far as I can remember, and per my records (i.e., blog posts) this was the first time we had to hook up the generators since the 23-hour power outage at Thanksgiving 2014!

So to be fair to Eversource that is not bad. 435 days without a major outage. That is pretty good.

P1030476I try to roll out the generators ‘once a month’ and run them for about 1/2 hour. Folks tell me that this good. And I have done this for 6 years. So just two weeks ago I had gone through the ‘warm up’ drill. When doing so I recalled that I had not had to hook the generators up in a long time — 1 year 2 months.

So that was the Eversore (as I call them) outage. February 5, 2016.

Today, Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 2016 MetroCast had an Internet outage around 1:45pm. Actually two. The first a short blip followed by a full-blown outage. It was probably down for 30 minutes. I don’t know. I left, went and had my ‘brunch’ and watched cricket, South Africa vs. England 2nd ODI on Willow, via my Roku 3, using our TDS connection. When I finished brunch and came up I saw that all the lights were flashing on my Motorola Surfboard. So I knew MetroCast was back up. Working fine now. So another heads up.

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A Wedding Haka From New Zealand To Add To The Airport Haka.

by Anura Guruge

wedding haka

Click to access must watch YouTube video of wedding hakka posted Friday, January 22, 2016.

We at this household are addicted to hakas especially those done by New Zealanders. Our YouTube channel on the Roku 3 has ‘Haka’ high up in the search list. I saw this in the U.K. “Daily Mail” — which I read, on my Android tablet, first thing in the morning, with coffee, before getting out of bed. I knew I had to share it with YOU. I guess hakas are going to get commonplace in New Zealand if this goes on. The airport haka to welcome the Rugby World Cup winners was great. This wedding haka is as good. Enjoy.

by Anura Guruge

MetroCast Delivers 105 Mbps To Alton (N.H.); TDS Falters Then Goes Down!

by Anura Guruge

dahI would be able to appreciate the irony if it was not so frustrating and sad. I pay and get BOTH MetroCast and TDS Internet feeds to the house — mainly for redundancy but also to keep the Internet bandwidth we use for media streaming (read Roku) separate from that I use for ‘work’ (read ‘this’).

So today, for the first time, I have 105 Mbps, actually 107 Mbps, on my MetroCast feed — and I am delighted.

I am trying to watch the Australia vs. India 3rd ODI (on Sling via my Roku 3) when bloody TDS gives up the ghost. The bandwidth fluctuated like crazy for 10 minutes and then it went down for about 3 minutes.

MetroCast rocks, TDS sucks.

That sums it up. TDS has been REALLY bad in Alton over the last 4 months. 80% due to the guy in charge of TDS service in this area. To call him a dozer would be an insult to other dozers. He is that bad. I am THINKING of getting two MetroCast drops — i.e., feeds. It might be worth it.

TDS == Too Damn Slow!

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by Anura Guruge