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Scott Greczkowski

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Sep 7, 2003
Newington, CT
DISH Free Previews

Effective January 30th, 2008, there is a new way for customers to watch free
previews. Customers will no longer have to go to Ch. 280-298 range
(currently called Preview Showroom) to watch the free channels that may not
be in their current package, but can view it on the regular channel. In
order to find out which channels customers can view for free during which
time period, customers should be directed to:

* - Ch. 102
* -

If customers would like to block free preview channels from being viewed,
they should go to for instructions.

Customers will be notified of this change via cross channel, e-newsletter,
slates on Ch. 280 & 298, and statement message.

February Free Preview (1/30-2/27) Networks:

* - Oxygen - Ch. 127
* - AMC - Ch. 130
* - IFC - Ch. 131
* - Fuse - Ch. 158
* - Hallmark - Ch. 185
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SatelliteGuys Master
Jun 8, 2005
So does this mean that they are going to use the 280-298 for some other programing or will it still be used for this purpose.

The numbers in the older free preview range were simply pointers back to the original channel video stream. Or as we like to call them...mirrors.
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SatelliteGuys Guru
Dec 22, 2007
So they thought it was too easy and convenient to put the free preview channels in one place, and are now making us look at one channel to see what is free, then edit our fav list each month. What a pain.

Tecmo SB Guy

SatelliteGuys Pro
Aug 23, 2007
I like the idea.

Now when I use DishPass it won't double schedule a show now. ie. I have AT200 and put DishPass on Nip/Tuck, and when F/X was on a "free preview", DishPass would put both the "free preview channel" and channel 136 on the schedule.


Collector of Space Beams
Supporting Founder
Jul 8, 2004
Dayton, OH
I agree, it was more irritating having to flip to the real channel number in the guide (which involved switching to the "All Channels" guide since... well, you know...) just to see the program information.

Additionally, my DVR'd events from those channels don't contain any useful program information. I think maybe the various rating content flags (i.e. V, L, N, SC) were in there but I'm rarely interested in those.

Assuming it means what we think it means, that we'll see the real program information on these channels, I'm all for this change. :) That doesn't necessarily have to be the case (they'll still have the ability to put other info in there, even on the "real" channel number).


SatelliteGuys Pro
Feb 5, 2006
those with the AEP almost never gets anything extra. only thing they could ever get is a free preview of NBA or NHL thats it.
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