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Richie Benaud, As A Sagacious Cricket Commentator, Kept Me Enthralled For So Many Hours.

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Though I haven’t heard his effortlessly articulated and paced mellifluous voice in decades, I will sure miss Richie. He was a great cricket icon of my time. He was knowledgeable, astute and always fun.

His playing career, in 1963, was over before my time. It is possible that I did see him play in Ceylon. Australian and English Test teams, on the way to/from either country, by steamer, would stop in Colombo and, often, play an exhibition game (typically at what we then used to call the ‘Oval’). I remember Ken Barrington from one of those games. But if I saw Richie, I do not remember. I was young. I have seen him around Lord’s during Test matches.

Obviously a nice guy. Class act. He had a good innings though. For that I am glad. Thank you, Richie. I will always remember you, as will millions of others.

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West Indies v England, Starting April 13, 2015, Heralds A Full Calendar Of Good cricket On Willow Cricket (On Sling TV).

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Though I got a Roku 3 (with a TP-Link Power Extender Internet connection), in mid-February, so I could get Willow Cricket, I, until this week, never really watched any cricket on Willow because I discovered the ($99) ESPN 2015 package for covering the entire 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. I spent 7 weeks, and probably in excess of 60 hours, watching the World Cup and enjoyed every second of it. It was an exceptional World Cup and ESPN amazed with the slickness of their coverage — with nary a technical or quality issue. Pretty amazing to deliver all those hours of video, over the Internet, seamlessly, with no jitter, jiggles or pixelation. ESPN way exceeded my expectations.

It is only during the last few days that I have finally gone back to Sling TV International (née DishWorld International) to watch Willow. Over the last 3 days I have been watching the SA v WI 3 ODI, from South Africa, ahead of the World Cup. Willow’s coverage, from SuperSports, is good. I will get used to it in time. I am kind of working out the details. Picture quality is good. I am enjoying it — if not the WI batting.

Then I started seeing all their Ads for the forthcoming series. I was blown away. There is going to be an avalanche of cricket coming my way. That the England tour of the West Indies is all Test Matches — April 13 (Antigua), April 21 (Grenada) & May 1 (Barbados) — is pretty exceptional. I guess we have all had a surfeit of ODIs. Fair enough. I am looking forward to some proper cricket in white clothing. I get mesmerized during Tests. I just watch in a trance. I like the ebb and flow. The tactics within tactics. The chess being played on a 22 yard pitch.

Well, I will keep you posted. Not sure what TEN Cricket will be showing during this time. Looks like Willow has signed up all of the plumb series.

Am I glad I got that Roku. Best thing that I have bought in eons.


Not Seeing Much, If Any, Sri Lanka v. Pakistan or New Zealand v. West Indies On TEN Cricket Right Now.

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I am lucky and I am very grateful for it: I get to watch cricket on TEN Cricket, every night (that I am home), thanks to Skybox TV.

These days I preview the Live feed before I check Catch-Up.

Then yesterday, with Sri Lanka throwing away their Christmas ODI against Pakistan, it occurred to me that I had not seen any of the Sri Lanka v. Pakistan ODIs in TEN. I just checked the TEN schedule online. The emphasis, rightly, is on the South Africa v. India Test and I am sure going to watch that. I am still partial to Test cricket.

I will keep an eye on this. In theory TEN has contracts with SL, Pak, WI, SA etc. etc.

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Watching ‘TEN Cricket’ With Skybox TV ‘Catch Up’ Feature With Great Success All Week. ‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S.

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Catch Up‘ for TEN Cricket, essentially a server-side DVR capability that will go back 30-days became available on Skybox TV last Sunday.

I have, as was the case when I had cricket with DISH, been watching cricket every night from 10:00 to 10:45 pm — before coming up to do another 2 hours of work. All this week I used ‘Catch Up’ to watch the 2013 West Indies v. Pakistan ODI series. Great series. 3rd ODI was a nail-biter. Good cricket. Amazing bowling. Some memorable batting performances. The new tall West Indian bowler, Jason Holder, who can also hit, appears to be a GREAT FIND. Joy to watch him bowl. Reminds me of the greats from the 1970s and 1980s. And then Pakistan has the 7′ Irfan.

I wasn’t sure about ‘Catch Up’ since I had never used it. I like it. Saves me having to record the matches. They are there … on the menu … and you just select them. The 30-day window could be a problem. Maybe I could get them to extend it, at least for ‘TEN’, to maybe 90 days. That would work.

Quality has been GOOD. Actually GREAT. No delays, no jitter, no breakup of the video. Actually it is better than what I was getting on DISH. Yes, one program was only 1/2 recorded, 57 minutes out of 2 hours. But, I think that was an initial glitch. Yes, I have told them about it and they promised to look into it.

So, I am a very happy camper.

Had another call today from somebody who wants a box. Here is THE LINK.



‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Will Soon Have The ‘Catch Up TV’ Feature Going Back 30 Days!

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I chatted with one of the Skybox TV developers (in Canada) this afternoon. We had been ‘chatting’ briefly on the phone and on e-mail over the last 10 days, but this was the first time we had a long, productive two-way dialogue about my impressions of ‘TEN Cricket’ with the Skybox TV and what was coming down the pike.

I had been told from day one that a DVR-like Catch Up feature would be available for TEN Cricket.

There is one Indian-program Catch Up TV channel on the Skybox right now. I actually played with it tonight. It is cute.

TEN Cricket is the next channel to be added — SHORTLY.

They are just waiting on getting the electronic schedule since this is key — as with a DVR. When activated you will be able to go back a month and pick programs, in the case of cricket fan, specific matches, we want to watch. This will be great. Can’t wait.

I will get updates in the coming days and I will keep you posted. This will really be a breakthrough. We might even get to see Tri-Nations.

Stay tuned. 

‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S. With Skybox TV Is Definitely An Acceptable Option. Very Good Quality.

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I have been using the Skybox TV since Friday night, August 9, 2013.

The picture quality with the box is very good and 99.6% of the time there is no jitter, delays or breakups. It does not bear any resemblance to normal Internet streaming video. Though I refuse to watch ‘streamed’ cricket on a PC, I can definitely live with the Skybox TV.

I have been watching some of other Indian and International channels available through the box in addition to TEN Cricket. Again the quality is excellent. The wife and the kids love Bollywood music though none of us understand anything other than English — though I recognize a few words of Hindi from all the time I have spent in India. There is a Tamil channel but I don’t understand any Tamil — and lets face it, I hardly understand Sinhalese anymore, and definitely cannot read it, let alone write it (though all my schooling in Ceylon, till I was 14 was in Sinhalese).

I have watched, in total, about 2.5 hours of TEN Cricket. Did not experience any problems, whatsoever, during that time. It really was like having TEN on DISH. Deja Vu.

As I have said before, the most I time I can usually to devote to watching cricket is 45 minutes a day and that is between 10 and 10:45 pm. So I won’t get a chance to watch a ton of cricket, but I will try and watch each day to see how we go.

So stay posted.

Changes In ‘TEN Cricket’ Broadcasts.

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It had been 10 weeks since I last saw TEN Cricket.

It really was good to get TEN Cricket on my TV last night.

I only got to watch 50 minutes — a 60 minute (I think) highlight package of the June 30, 2013 WI v. Ind match from the Tri-Nations Series. It was a good match.

I immediately noticed that TEN has made some interesting changes to their broadcast — none of it good!

Display of run-rate and strike-rate statistics have been pared down to the bone.

When a batsman is out and is walking back and they show his innings you no longer get his strike-rate for that innings! You get score, number of balls, minutes and how dismissed. No strike-rate. That is crazy.

You also don’t get frequent updates of run-rate — current or required. Just occasionally.

This might have been just for that match — and it was a 60-minute highlight package. But basically there was a dearth of key statistics — the stuff we had come to expect: run-rates, strike-rates.

I will monitor this. Not sure what we can do. So this is just a heads up.

I Watched ‘TEN Cricket’ In The U.S., On My TV, Last Night Using Skybox TV. It Was GREAT!

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The Skybox TV next to the DirecTV Genie. It is pretty small. The tall box directly below that is the DirecTV Wi-Fi ‘modem’ and next to that is my 2nd DVD/VCR player. On the shelf above is a Philips DVD player/Sound Bar. The 47″ Philips TV is above all of this.


It was GREAT! It made my day.

To be able to see all my West Indian and Indian ‘buddies’ in action again, FULL-SCREEN on my 47″ TV, in near HD quality, with none of the jerkiness associated with streaming video.

This was a delight. I was so happy.

The picture quality is sure better than what I was getting with DISH.

So it is indeed possible to get ‘TEN Cricket‘ on your TV independent of ESPN 3. That is real good news for us in the U.S.

I was using the Skybox TV device kindly provided to me by ZEE TV USA.

It is a little box that connects to your TV using HDMI and gets its content over the Internet using Wi-Fi. It is extremely easy to setup. Just two cables: power and HDMI. Then just type in your Wi-Fi network password. Bingo. Bob is your uncle. I am currently getting about 25 International channels — one of them TEN Cricket.

I can’t rhapsodize enough about the quality. I am always skeptical about video quality with streaming. The quality with SkyBox TV is beyond acceptable. As good, if not better, that what I got with DISH. No ghosting. No delay. No jitter. Just like broadcast TV.

I got to watch the 60 minute highlight package of the 2nd West Indies Tri-Nation Series played on June 30, 2013 between the West Indies and India. It was a good, tense match with some great hitting and some good wickets.

Johnson Charles played an innings of a lifetime. At the start he made Chris Gayle look pedestrian. His first 20 runs were all in boundaries. In the end he hit four sixes and eight fours. Though he perished, unnecessarily at 97, it was an innings of a lifetime. Reminded me of Collis Kings, unforgettable 86 (off 149) at the 1979 World Cup Final with Viv. I was THERE. I still remember the electricity of that innings and most of all Viv applauding Collis when he was finally out. Viv made a century but it was Collis’ that won the match. Johnson Charles’ innings was as worthy as that — and yes the West Indies won by 1 wicket with 2.2 overs to spare. Chris Gayle disappointed again. Of course I love Chris when he is firing on all cylinders, but as I have said before I have major doubts about his technique. And yet again in this match it was his technical ineptitude that let him down. That is why Dhoni has an average over 50 and Gayle has an average below 40. Ditto for Pollard and Samuels and possibly even Sammy. But it was a real fun match. So glad I got to watch it. 

I will write more about this Skybox TV as I spend more time with it.

Right now, I am so happy to be able to watch TEN Cricket on my TV in the U.S.

Thank YOU ZEE TV USA.

Exclusive Update On ‘Ten Cricket’ In U.S.A. From ZEE/Asia TV USA.

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Yesterday afternoon, around 4:15, the phone ran. It was a Akhilesh Gupta, the Director of Content Distribution for Asia TV USA — the ZEE Network affiliate in the U.S., based out of Manhattan. TEN Cricket is owned by ZEE.

Mr. Gupta had seen my rant about us in the U.S. losing TEN Cricket (other than for the short, online ‘clips’ on ESPN 3).

Mr. Gupta and I had an extremely pleasant and very productive conversation. I was very impressed, He was very forthright and gave me a lot of information — much of it which I will not share because it was of a sensitive nature.

I explained to Mr. Gupta the pain that us U.S. cricket fans are feeling. He understood. But, I think I managed to get through to him that ESPN 3 is not the answer to our needs.

The bottom line, as some of us had already deduced, is basic economics. Obtaining rights to major sporting events is not cheap. Networks have to recoup that money — as NBC clearly demonstrates every 2 years with the Olympics.

The issue in the U.S. is STILL the lack of adequate demand for PAID subscription.

It is a story that I am so familiar with and suffer in my own right. The Internet coupled with piracy (from Asia) is undermining so many ventures. It was like music and Napster.

Though we in the U.S. have a burgeoning population of cricket lovers many are unwilling or UNABLE to pay for it. I know that first hand. I don’t know many Sri Lankans in the U.S. or Canada. But, the few I know never subscribed to Willow or TEN. They watched cricket, for FREE, on the Internet. That is the problem. Many, and I know the same is true with Indians, have to be ‘careful’ with their expenditures because they send money back home. Kind of money. If you recall the people who advertised the MOST on cricket channels in the U.S. were the likes of XOOM.come, i.e., those that transfer money from the U.S./U.K. to India! So understandably the folks living in the U.S., to use a lovely expression from N.H., are ‘close to their dollar‘. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. IF we want something better than cricket on ESPN 3 we have to pay the piper. Simple as that.

According to Mr. Gupta, ZEE in the U.S. is exploring offering an ‘Over-the-Top’ (OTT) set-top, Internet powered solution. I think it might be this IPTV solution I talked about on June 15, 2013. Mr. Gupta is trying to see if he can get me an OTT box to try out. IF SO, I will, of course, keep all of you posted on my experience. IF it is a viable solution we will have to PULL TOGETHER to make that box a success in the U.S. So the first step is to try and get my hands on one.

I am in touch with Mr. Gupta by e-mail. I also have his phone number. This is good. Finally, WE, i.e., us cricket fans in the U.S., have a credible contact at ZEE.

I will keep you all posted. Thank Mr. Gupta. He did good.

Thank you Mr. Gupta.

ZEE International, The Indian Cowgirls Responsible For Screwing Up TEN Cricket For US In The U.S.

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Please check this July 30, 2013 UPDATE following phone conversation with a Director from ZEE USA.


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I get to see on a daily basis the number of folks who are still upset that they lost TEN Cricket in the U.S.

This is the company that own TEN and is up to all the shenanigans.

Don’t even bother trying to contact them.

For a start, best of luck, trying to find somebody who can even speak broken, pidgen English. I have tried.

Bunch of Indian cowgirls — not manly enough to warrant being called cowboys
(and I apologize to our U.S. cowgirls in advance since they have class).

That is IT.

We, U.S. cricket lovers, remain screwed.