Dispute between Dish and Gray Media Group looming?

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I guess I should have read the headlines on the main forum page. It looks like all of these dispute resolutions are just temporary truces in order to provide coronavirus coverage. (In other words, Dish taking advantage of a national emergency.) The timing of the free preview channels, and which channels were chosen, still seems to be weird, though. If Dish wanted to make sure that customers stay informed with breaking news about the coronavirus, you would think that they would put the national news channels such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel in free preview. This would also help provide election coverage, since many states have primary elections this week. (It is nowhere near as big as Super Tuesday was, but still fairly significant nonetheless.)
I received an email from Dish today about their coronavirus response, confirming that the additional free preview channels were added due to the coronavirus, as a courtesy to provide more entertainment to people who may be staying home for an extended period of time. Specifically, their message includes this statement:
"We have a variety of channels in free preview available to all our customers, and will continue to add more at no additional charge." Coronavirus Updates | MyDISH

So, I hope that Dish is listening to suggestions about which additional channels should be put in free preview. I still think that I have a valid point about the national news channels.
 

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I guess I should have read the headlines on the main forum page. It looks like all of these dispute resolutions are just temporary truces in order to provide coronavirus coverage. (In other words, Dish taking advantage of a national emergency.) The timing of the free preview channels, and which channels were chosen, still seems to be weird, though. If Dish wanted to make sure that customers stay informed with breaking news about the coronavirus, you would think that they would put the national news channels such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel in free preview. This would also help provide election coverage, since many states have primary elections this week. (It is nowhere near as big as Super Tuesday was, but still fairly significant nonetheless.)
Apparently, Dish agreed with my suggestion. CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg are now in free preview. No free preview (yet) for MSNBC, but that is already included in Welcome Pack anyway. :)
 

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I want a refund! I get all these channels and I'm paying for them.:mad:
Maybe see if it would be worth it to downgrade to a lower package for a month, since most of these previews will last about that long. Dish does not seem to be willing to give out very many (or any) credits lately.

There will be a price to pay for all of these previews sooner or later, most likely in the form of higher rates next year. (This is the pessimist in me acting up again.) Even in the short term, this will mean one huge dispute with local channels across the country, when all of the temporary truces expire all at once, not even counting the potential that still exists for additional major disputes to be added to the list.
 
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I want a refund! I get all these channels and I'm paying for them.:mad:
Same here. But imagine what might happen if we call asking for that! T-Mobile just texted me that they have free unlimited data until May 13th as a response to the coronavirus. So I logged into my account and attempted to remove my wife's supplemental 6GB plan. After all is said and done, I removed her data plan entirely and the website won't let me fix that. :mad: T-Mobile is so mobbed right now, I can't get through to correct this blunder. :crying Fortunately I have some time to get this corrected since we're stuck at home on wi-fi. I am hoping she never notices.
 

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Apparently, Dish agreed with my suggestion. CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg are now in free preview. No free preview (yet) for MSNBC, but that is already included in Welcome Pack anyway. :)
Yay! CNBC, MSNBC, Euronews, and France 24 English have all been added. (I already had the international ones in my International Basic package, but it is nice that Dish is adding these for everyone else who did not already have them.) :happydance
 

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394 World Fishing Network
395 Sportsman Channel
I believe also some Spanish channels, Vmari, Discovery Spanish, Estrella....
 
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212 Euronews
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I believe also some Spanish channels, Vmari, Discovery Spanish, Estrella....
Here is the complete list (as of 3/20/2020) to save everyone the trouble of looking it up:
Channels Currently in Free Preview
Channel
Dates
Ch. #
Bloomberg
3/19 - 4/19​
203​
CNBC
3/20 - 4/20​
208​
CNN
3/19 - 4/17​
200​
Destination America
2/27 - 3/31​
194​
Dog TV
3/20 - 4/21​
285​
Euro News
3/20 - 4/22​
212​
Flix
3/19 - 4/3​
333​
FOX News
3/19 - 4/17​
205​
France 24 English
3/20 - 4/22​
222​
GSN
3/16 - 4/21​
116​
Hallmark Channel
3/16 - 5/13​
185​
Hallmark Drama
3/16 - 5/13​
186​
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
3/16 - 5/13​
187​
MSNBC
3/20 - 4/20​
209​
Outdoor Channel
3/19 - 5/6​
396​
Oxygen
2/27 - 3/31​
127​
Showtime
3/19 - 4/3​
318-324​
Sony Movie Channel
3/16 - 4/16​
386​
Sportsman Channel
3/19 - 5/6​
395​
Sundance TV
3/16 - 4/16​
126​
SYFY
2/27 - 3/31​
122​
The Movie Channel
3/19 - 4/3​
327-330​
Travel Channel
2/27 - 3/31​
196​
World Fishing Network
3/19 - 5/6​
394​
 
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Maybe see if it would be worth it to downgrade to a lower package for a month, since most of these previews will last about that long. Dish does not seem to be willing to give out very many (or any) credits lately.

There will be a price to pay for all of these previews sooner or later, most likely in the form of higher rates next year. (This is the pessimist in me acting up again.) Even in the short term, this will mean one huge dispute with local channels across the country, when all of the temporary truces expire all at once, not even counting the potential that still exists for additional major disputes to be added to the list.
I'm not gonna touch anything! If I did, somehow the price would mysteriously go up.:coco
 

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Damn. Wish my area had a Gray station. Wouldn't mind an OTA adapter but at two tuners the only way that is happening is if I get one free.
Well, I can't quite give it to you for free, but make me a reasonable offer plus the cost of shipping, and I can send you one. I am downsizing my Dish system. Let me know if you are interested.
bluenerd never got back to me, so I will open up the offer to anyone who wants an OTA adapter. First come, first served. While supplies last. (I only have a couple of them.)
I thought I would update that this offer is still available. I am now down to only one USB dual-tuner OTA adapter left. It is the newer Dish-branded Lark model. (Similar to the Air TV model that is usually recommended here.) I have also been asked to clarify that the asking price is the cost of shipping only. The adapter itself is free to a good home.
 

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Great news! There was a huge uplink report yesterday, reversing the changes that I pointed out in the first post of this thread.

So, it looks like Dish has finally reached a long-term agreement with Gray Media Group, restoring things to the status quo.

Also, at least so far, it looks like the apocalypse that I predicted when all of those coronavirus-related local channel truces expire has not happened. So, either long-term deals have also been reached with those local channel owners, or they are still in temporary truces despite the current lack of additional national free preview channels that had also been attributed to the coronavirus crisis.
 
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