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: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.)
"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.