Free Previews (No Discussion) Thread - February 2021 (2 Viewers)


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Your Happy Guru
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Jun 14, 2014
North Central Ohio
Okay, let's try this again. Please note that I do not have the support of the moderators in enforcing any No Discussion rule. So, you are entirely on an honor system about respecting the wishes of those who would like this to be an uncluttered thread for the purpose of listing Free Previews only. If anyone spots a free preview before I do, you may post the name of the channel, the channel number(s) and dates (if any are announced) in this thread. Otherwise, please post any other comments in the accompanying Discussion thread, which I will link below. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.

With the preamble out of the way, I will be dividing the list of free channels into several categories, to try to make the list as comprehensive as possible.

Channels in free preview indefinitely:

These are preview channels where no end date has been announced, or that remain in preview after the previously-announced end date.​

International free preview channels:​
  • These channels require a dish aimed at the 118 satellite.
  • Channel numbers listed are for ViP and legacy SD receivers. On receivers with the Hopper interface, check for a collapsible channel in the 600's - 700's range.

9893 TVPI​

Free Previews officially announced on Dish's website:

185 Hallmark Channel 2/1 - 2/28​
189 OWN 2/1 - 2/28​
113 Cooking Channel 2/1 - 2/28​
162 VH1 2/1 - 2/28​
198 Gallery by DISH Scapes 2/1 - 2/28​
Epix: channels 292 and 380 - 382, from 2/5 - 2/8​
295 WE tv + 2/9 - 2/13​
290 Cinemoi 2/9 - 2/13​
285 Dog TV 2/11 - 2/19​
Starz: channels 340 and 350 - 356, from 2/12 - 2/15​
NBA League Pass: channels 5000 - 5031 (collapsible channel 470 on Hopper interface) 2/15 - 2/21​
Showtime: channels 318 - 324, 327 - 328 and 333, from 2/19 - 2/22​

*Note: mydish has notes on the listings for WE tv +, Cinemoi, and Dog TV that those channels require an internet-connected Hopper or Wally. (I currently see Dog TV in the guide as a satellite-delivered standard-def channel, though.) In addition, Gallery by DISH Scapes requires an internet-connected Hopper.​

Channels that are always free on deactivated receivers:

To get these channels on a deactivated receiver, it may require that it still have the older-model purple G3 Smart Card. This also may only work on certain models of receiver.​
Otherwise, these channels are available on every activated receiver, regardless of programming package.​

Audio music channels:​
892 Viva Mariachi​
927 City Lights​
939 Mo' Soul​
941 Viva Mariachi​
951 Country Gold​
967 Jazz Traditions​
972 Intermezzo​
974 Swing Kings​
6014* SiriusXM Coffee House​
6049* SiriusXM Soul Town​
6058* SiriusXM Prime Country​
6063* SiriusXM The Message​
6076* SiriusXM Symphony Hall​

*channel numbers for ViP or legacy SD receivers. Hopper-interface receivers: replace the 60 with 099- to get the SiriusXM channel on collapsible channel 99.​

General Entertainment:​

82 FETV​
259 INSP​


257 SBN​


71 QVC​
72 VALU​
73 QVC3​
74 HSN​
81 ICTV​
83 JTV​
85 EPIC​
86 MALL​
95 DEAL​
104 VALU​
123 MALL​
134 SHPHQ​
137 QVC​
220 MALL​
221 CRAFT​
224 EPIC​
225 SALE​
226 HSN2​
227 JTV​
228 YOUTV​
229 GEMS​
230 ICTV​
255 QVC2​
275 YOUTV​
276 SMART​
278 DEAL​
282 VALU​
287 HSN​
883 VALU​

Dish Info Channels:​

101 DISH 101​
102 DISH Studio​
103 PREVW​
349 DISH Studio​
500 ONPPV​

That is all! Congratulations, you have made it all the way to the end of the current list of free channels on Dish! I will do my best to keep this list as up-to-date as possible, and to post a new updated thread each month. If anyone spots a new free preview before I do, feel free to post it here. Otherwise, please respect the No Discussion nature of this thread. Any discussion about the current month's free previews may be posted in the following thread:
Thank you!


Thread Starter
Your Happy Guru
Pub Member / Supporter
Jun 14, 2014
North Central Ohio
The mydish page has been updated. Dates have been changed for the following previews:

295 WE tv + is now 2/8 - 2/14
290 Cinemoi is now 2/8 - 2/14
285 Dog TV is now 2/12 - 2/18


Thread Starter
Your Happy Guru
Pub Member / Supporter
Jun 14, 2014
North Central Ohio
Starz: channels 350 - 356, and
Encore: channels 340 - 348

Now live from 2/12 - 2/15
Showtime free preview now live! Looks like Tmc and Flix are included in this.

Ch 318-324; 327-329;333
Thank you for keeping this list up-to-date. When I posted these in the first post, I was just going by the channel numbers listed on the mydish site, which was obviously an incomplete list. In the interest of making this list as complete as possible, I will just point out that the Showtime preview also includes channel 330, The Movie Channel Xtra West. And although I am obviously late in posting, the Starz preview also included channel 377, Movieplex.
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