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STARZ “Howards End” Series (2018) Is At An End.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


The last episode of Season 1, viz. Episode 4, aired this last Friday, April 29, 2018. That from what I see concludes the story as written by the incomparable E.M. Forster in 1910. On the STARZ Webpage there is an implication that there might be a Season 2. But, that would have to be an major embellishment to Forster’s original.

The series was immaculately produced. The cinematography was BEYOND first class; it was lavish and sumptuous. A visual treat.

I am, however, not convinced that serializing “Howards End” worked — at least for those of us that watched the episodes weekly as they came out. The weekly gap between episodes broke the spell and often you struggled to think back to the prior episode to recall the entire thread in its full glory. But, now that all four episodes are out you could watch them back-to-back.

Each episode was nominally 55-minutes. So, that is 220 minutes (3H 40 minutes) in total. So, here is something else that I found interesting. The classic 1992 movie was 142 minutes (2h 20 minutes) long. So, the STARZ version is a full one hour 18 minutes longer! What does that mean. Did they spin out the story or did the movie omit scenes. I plan to watch the movie this week, if I can.

We are glad we watched the series. We looked forward to it and are sad that it has concluded. Maybe we should have recorded all the episodes and then watched it over a couple of days.

Well, now you know what options you have.

Yes, the episodes are still available on STARZ.


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by Anura Guruge

“Howards End” Series (2018) On Starz — Charming And Beautifully Crafted.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access STARZ homepage for this NEW series.


YouTube trailer for the STARZ Series.


YouTube trailer for the 1992 Ivory Merchant movie.


We lucked out. I wanted to see this STARZ adaptation of “Howards End“, and last Thursday, DISH gave me STARZ, free for 3 months, because they screwed-up, badly, trying to get me the Willow Cricket channel. So, that was nice and quite lucky.

We watched about half of the first episode, from the DVR, on Monday night. It lived up to my expectations and was true to the TV ‘teasers’ I had seen.

Very charming and easy on the senses. Beautifully crafted in all aspects. The cinematography is first class.

I have seen the 1992 Ivory Merchant produced movie at least twice. That was quite the movie — but cinematography has made strides in the last 26-years. The high-definition rendering of the new show makes the lavishly produced 1992 movie look dull and pedestrian.

I am sure we are going to enjoy this series. When it ends, might have to go back and look at the 1992 movie again.


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Willow TV (Cricket) Surprisingly Very Professional, Courteous and Prompt.

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Trying to watch the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, from India, on Sling TV on our Roku 3 has been beyond bloody painful. Sling TV goes out of their frigging way to make sure that the Program Guide is out-of-bloody-synch. It is more or less 100% that what it says on the Program Guide is NOT what you will see if you click on the frigging thing. It is atrocious. Yes, if you have the TIME to sit there all day working out where each match is then you will do fine. Well I don’t have the time. I allocate about 30 minutes while having lunch and 45 minutes around 10:15 pm to watch cricket. I don’t have the time to mess with Sling’s friggin messed up Program Guide.

I was so fed up by last Saturday that I decided to subscribe to Willow directly — now that THEY claim to support Roku — and YET again (maybe for the 3rd time in a year) ditch bloody Sling TV. Willow does not give you the option to PREVIEW the channel. You need to first subscribe BEFORE you get to see it. Well I did.

I first thought I had done something WRONG. There was NO cricket! Nothing. NADA. Blank screen. I kid you not.

Right now Willow on Roku only shows LIVE matches.
That is IT. Get that. Live matches only.

No highlights. No replays.

I was devastated. That is worse that Sling TV — and that is saying something!

Willow also doesn’t have telephone support or Live Chat during hours that work for me.

So I just sent them 4 or 5 e-mails — all surprisingly polite. I was girding my loins for what I thought was going to be an ugly battle.

NOPE. Willow support was very professional!

They apologized for their poor service on Roku and refunded my payment, to my credit card, within 24 hours. Yes, within 24 hours. That is AMAZING. That is impressive.

So good customer service.

Shame that they ONLY show live matches on Roku.

If I got Apple TV I could get live, replays and highlights. Maybe I should. Anything to get away from bloody Sling TV.

Sling’s coverage of the ICC World Twenty20, 2016, sucks.

They make NO ATTEMPT to reflect what matches are being shown. Total frigging crap shoot.


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You Can’t Watch ICC World Twenty20 2016 On Sling Unless You Are A Loser!

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Sling’s coverage of the ICC World Twenty20, 2016, sucks.

They make NO ATTEMPT to reflect what matches are being shown. Total frigging crap shoot.

Sling’s management has total and utter contempt for Indians. I know. I have spoken with them. They are only interested in screwing us for every cent they can and making us jump through hoops. Sling might has well be a Donald Trump enterprise.

Yes, the matches are on Sling BUT you will spend hours trying to find the right match — and when it started.

Yes, if YOU are a LOSER and can sit in front of Sling all frigging day, your hands down your pants playing with yourself, you will do fine. Enjoy.

For others, like I, who do have a life and other things to do, Sling is but a bloody pathetic JOKE.


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FYI: Latest Roku Channel Guide Claims Willow Cricket Available On Roku Outside Of Sling.

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With the ICC World Twenty20 2016 just three days out I know that there are many in the U.S. looking at what options they have to watch the matches.

This is essentially a quick update to my February 28, 2016 post about Willow, Sling & the Twenty20 2016.

As you can see from the above image the Roku Guide (which I get via e-mail) claims that you can get Willow on Roku either on its own (for the standard $14.99/month which will also includes other devices, e.g., phone) or for $10/month through Sling.

IF you are ONLY interested in the Twenty20 2016 matches SIGN-UP directly with Willow and pay the $14.99 for the month. You will be GLAD you did that.

Sling, as I continue to complain about, can be an absolute pain — and their electronic program guide will NOT show you which matches are being shown! Every match will just say “Cricket Highlights”. You then have to click on it to see which match it is. A friggin bloody pain BUT the folks had SLING, I have come to believe, are committed SADISTS. It appears that they love nothing more than inflicting pain on their customers. If you don’t believe me sign-up with SLING and get ready to be tortured. SMILE.


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ICC World Twenty20 2016 Match/Coverage Schedule On Willow (For U.S.).

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For post on Willow’s expanded coverage of ICC Championship events.


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Willow Cricket To Cover ICC Championships, In Particular ICC World Twenty20 2016 Starting On March 8.

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That Willow, that I watch through my Roku 3 via SLING (which is STILL a damn pain), was going to covering the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 2016 was NOT news to me per se since Willow had been promoting coverage of the event since December. I was glad. I think the last World Twenty20 was NOT on Willow. This is good.

Then again Willow also, a couple of weeks ago, covered the ICC U19 World Cup in its entirety and I did watch some of the matches.

Willow is GOOD. There HD picture quality has greatly improved.

The problem, always has been, bloody SLING. SLING is an abortion. SLING is a disgrace. SLING still won’t tell you, in the Program Guide, what match is being shown. you have to go through two bloody steps, for each game, to see what is on offer. Appears that Willow, probably through pressure from SLING/DISH, no longer offers an Roku APP of their own.

So bottom line IF you want Willow cricket in the U.S. Willow GOOD. SLING BAD. If you can get Willow without SLING go for that option even IF it costs a few dollars more. You will not regret it. The only thing you will regret is being tied to frigging, ‘what a joke’ SLING.


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DISH Network International Programming, Those Responsible For TEN Cricket: Winds Of Major Change Appear To Have Blown Through.

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>> NEO cricket channel on dish, 5 – 6 week sabbatical — April 6, 2013.
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As promised over the weekend I sent on e-mail and made three calls.

As I had said I had had a fair number of interactions with DISH’s V.P. of International Programming over what used to be an unpopulated electronic program guide; i.e., the description for each program just saying ‘Cricket’ rather than what the actual match was. So you folks really should thank me for the schedule that you now see on Willow. Though not perfect you can at least see the listings for the Tests, ODIs, T20s and IPLs. I went to the CEO of DISH with this. Unlike the CEO of TDS, the CEO of DISH (or his office to be fair) had the V.P. of International contact me.

The V.P.’s name was ‘Chris Ku….‘. Though he went at each other on e-mail, back-and-forth, he was a DECENT guy. And towards the end we had made the peace.

Then in September 2011 I lost my ‘Cricket Pack’ — though I was paying for it. I hit the roof. It transpired that I needed a SECOND DISH to get the ‘Cricket Pack’. Read about it here.

I again went to the CEO. This time I heard that he actually read my e-mail and made a few calls.

It was funny the next morning. I was getting calls from folks, all agitated. Suffice to say the 2nd Dish was installed within the day, and no cost.

I also had two gentleman give me their phone numbers and say, PLEASE call us next time before you e-mail the CEO. Nice.

I hadn’t chatted with Chris K. in months. Sent him an e-mail over the weekend. It bounced. He was gone.

This morning I called up one of those numbers. An Indian gentleman called ‘Amir‘. He had left Dish too. Confirmed that Chris had indeed left. He said that quite a few folks had left.

OK. These are the folks that got the first Cricket Pack.

V.P.’s of large corporations like DISH do not leave just for the heck of it.

So there must have been issues.

Bottom line I am without contacts at DISH. Yes, I still know how to contact the CEO. But, doesn’t seem worth it. I am probably leaving DISH anyway.

So this is just a FYI. Also a chance to again stress the difference between Dish (and GoDaddy) and TDS.

This Latest, Unforgivable, So Unnecessary Indian Cricket Match Fixing Allegations COULD Have An Impact On Willow (& TEN Cricket)

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Given that I do NOT follow the IPL I was not aware that we were AGAIN embroiled in yet another cricket match fixing uproar! This beyond the pale.

I happened to visit BBC yesterday to see what they had on THE Queen’s 60th when I saw the above article. I was shocked and angry.

Some of you, devoid of cynicism and possible exposure to corporate high-finance, may jump up and down when I say that this match fixing COULD in the end have repercussions on Willow and TEN Cricket. The underlying connection is MONEY.

Cricket floats on a huge sea of money. The TV companies that own the rights to cricket, of course, have a lot to do with this money. Even if they are in NO WAY involved with the match fixing all this money is interconnected.  So, I think there might be repercussions — and by that I only mean possible lack of match coverage because contracts get pulled or the money supply dries up.

What has happened with TEN Cricket and the U.S., i.e., DISH and DirecTV, has all to do with money. They want more money. I can now see Willow and TEN asking for even MORE money. So all of this is not good.

Check the links at the bottom of the BBC article above.

Stay tuned. I am going call DISH in a couple of hours. [+3 time difference].

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

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Anura Guruge


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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.