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I Am Not Watching ‘IPL 2020’ Because I Refuse To Subscribe To Indian ‘Hotstar’ — Which I Find Repulsive.

by Anura Guruge

One of the worst outfits in the World.

They lie, they cheat & their coverage is HORRIBLE
in that they tell you the RESULT beforehand!

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Nothing to do with costs. Everything to do with how much I despise, resent & abhor bloody Hotstar U.S.

I avowed that I would never subscribe to them again, & I am not.

Yes, I am missing out on ‘IPL 2020’. So be it. I watched a BIT of poor quality highlights on YouTube & realize I can live without it.

Willow TV, to which I have an annual subscription, does NOT have streaming rights to ‘IPL 2020’ yet again. So, I can’t watch it on Sling on my Roku. I can’t get Willow TV per se. So. sod it.

IPL without the crowds looks pretty flaccid.

I will wait for more new cricket on Willow TV. I might even TRY to like the CPL!


But, one thing is for sure. I hate BLOODY Hotstar U.S. Indians at their worst.

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by Anura Guruge

‘British Pathé’ Archives & Coverage Now Available From Streaming — Including Roku.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the official ‘British Pathé TV’ Website.

What interests I the MOST (SMILE).

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I grew up in Ceylon, in the 1950s & 1960s, seeing the 10-20 minute ‘British Pathe‘ newsreel each time we went to ‘the films‘.

It was MY precursor, all those decades ago, to today’s CNN & MSNBC.

So lots of nostalgia when it comes to deal ol’ ‘British Pathe‘.

PLUS, they are plugging the railroad documentaries they have. Have to watch this.

Right now, with LIVE cricket back, I do NOT have the the time. But, the 1st lull in the cricket … Here I come. SMILE.

Enjoy. This should be good.

Yes, I will get it on my Roku. That is what makes sense for I.

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by Anura Guruge

Amazon Prime Video REWIND/FF On The Roku APP Just Got Worse!

by Anura Guruge

If you use the Roku Prime Video APP to watch movies you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Do a Google on “prime video rewind on Roku“.

Basically it is IMPOSSIBLE to control REWIND or FF. It just goes haywire. You can’t just skip a few seconds back or forward.

Well, Amazon did something today.

It made it EVEN worse! Yep, no granularity whatsoever. Just all the way back, 10 minutes at a time or forward 20-minutes.


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‘On Becoming A God In Central Florida’ (2019) ShowTime Series — Funny, Engaging & Above All Educational.

by Anura Guruge

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YouTube trailer.

I am beginning to find out that SHOWTIME’s forte is series & documentaries. They don’t have that much of a repertoire of movies — & very few recent hits.

But, their series & documentaries sure make up for that. Thanks to Roku I got a free preview of SHOWTIME & I have been binging on it as much as I can.

I started with ‘Billions‘. Loved it to begin with, but around the 30th episode it was just too, too much. There is only so much (of a good thing) that you can take.

Saw this. I was hooked by the title. I will watch anything that has ‘God’ in the title. Honest.

Wow. Very well produced.

Tremendous insights into pyramid marketing. WOW. I wish everybody involved in pyramid marketing will watch this series to see how they are being exploited. That was the educational part. Anybody thinking of joining a pyramid scheme should watch this series.

Funny & amusing too. Will have you in stitches. I definitely recommend it. You can see some of it on YouTube.

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by Anura Guruge


Roku Has To Be Held Complicit In This ‘CaliGeeks’ Activation Scam.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access this article. Google for more.

I have had a Roku for 5-years. I use it everyday. I am BIG Roku fan — and I am also a very happy Roku shareholder. SMILE.

But, this scam, which has been going on for 2-years or more, does not sit well with I.

Roku has to be complicit. Plain & simple as that.

Roku could take steps to fix it.

Roku could put a BIG banner on the activation screen saying “NO ACTIVATION FEES”.

Roku could provide a hotline for those that are asked to pay.

Roku should be held responsible.

This is beneath Roku.

I am disappointed. I hope Roku fixes this ASAP.


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‘The Hummingbird Project’ (2018) ShowTime Movie — Quite The Story, But Alas Quite Specialized & Technical.

by Anura Guruge

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YouTube trailer.

I found it thoroughly engrossing and compelling. But, in a way you can say that this was a movie made for I. That alone is scary and tells you much of what you probably want to know.

It is a semi-fictional story about creating a very fast network (basically just a fiber line) for high-frequency trading. So, two topics dear to my heart: high-speed networking & stock trading. This is why I said it was ‘specialized’ & ‘technical‘.

Just there is a LOT of human drama. Contrary to what they claim it is NOT a thriller.

I really enjoyed it, BUT I appreciate that it will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Check out the trailer.

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‘The Upside’ (2017) ShowTime Movie — Uplifting Movie For Pandemic-Bound; Great Soundtrack.

by Anura Guruge

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YouTube trailer.

Roku, to its credit, to help with those subject to the ‘stay-at-home‘, is offering 30-days of SHOWTIME for Free. So, I signed up — now I have no new cricket to watch. [Notice I have NOT (really) complained.]

Saw this. Yes, it looked predictable and yes, it is. But, it is fun. Funny in parts. Definitely uplifting.

I go through phases when I nearly convince myself that I am an opera buff. The opera in the soundtrack — obviously meticulously handpicked — is brilliant. I want to listen to opera again!

It is definitely watchable. It is NOT bad. Actually it is, really, pretty good.

Will make you SMILE. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge


Watch Mighty Parade & Celebrations For China’s 70th Anniversary ‘National Day’ — Oct. 1, 2019.

by Anura Guruge

3-minute highlights.

3-hour HD version
from Chinese TV.

October 1, 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of ‘modern’ China — i.e., 70-years since Communist Rule.

They marked it with a huge parade. Some claim the largest military parade — at least in recent times.

I am fortunate enough to watch British news — typically Sky News on my Roku — many nights a week. Last two nights British news has started off showing parts of this parade before cutting off to talk about the protests in Hong Kong. I did not see the parade covered at all on CNN and MSNBC news. So, I wanted to make sure YOU at least heard about it.

Definitely worth watching. Lots of high-tech military innovations.

You can thank me later.

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by Anura Guruge

Roku: All Home Screen Themes Are Now FREE.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access original from ‘betanews.com’.

Wow. It is true. I happened to see this ‘post’, on my Google News feed earlier today. When I was next in front of the TV I tried it out. Yes, they are free. STRANGE. Couldn’t find a Christmas theme. Closest was a ‘White Winter’. So, have that now. See below. Enjoy.

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“A Place To Call Home”, The Australian “Downton Abbey”, NEW Season 6 + New Season 5 Episodes.

by Anura Guruge

On “Acorn TV” in the U.S. acorn.tv/placetocallhome/series6

I had NOT checked ‘Acorn TV‘, on my Roku 3, for a couple of months. We have had plethora of other TV to watch during ‘Family TV hour’.

Last night, on a whim, I decided to check ‘Acorn’.

A Place to Call Home” Series 6 was being featured. That pleased me no end. I had thought that it would not be here till Thanksgiving, as was the case with Series 5 last year. I am glad I was wrong.

So, this evening we sat back and got ready to enjoy Series 6 Episode 1.

But, when they did their usual “Previously …” we were LOST. We didn’t remember any of what they were talking about. So, we went back to Series 5. Looks like there are 5 episodes we had missed, viz., 8 – 12. Not sure how that was possible. We watched Episodes 1 – 7 every week and we would have gone back for 8. My feeling is that they were added later.

NOT complaining. More to watch. And that is always a good thing with this addictive show. It really is worth watching. So many clever twists and turns.

So, we are happy. Especially Teischan. She loves it.

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by Anura Guruge