Free Previews (No Discussion) Thread - September 2020 (1 Viewer)


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Your Happy Guru
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Jun 14, 2014
North Central Ohio
Here is this month's updated thread with the list of free channels available on Dish. As always, I ask that the moderators make this thread a sticky, and ask for their help in enforcing the No Discussion rule for this thread. I also request that the accompanying Free Previews Discussion Thread (that I will link below) also be made a sticky, to replace the existing sticky Free Previews thread. My idea is to have new sticky threads each month, so that only the most current information about new free previews remains in each sticky. I thank the moderators for their 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​

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.​

Extension of existing preview:

The following channel was in free preview for August. It is listed as a new free preview for September on the mydish site.​

111 DIY 9/1 - 9/30​

Additional free previews officially announced on Dish's website:

113 Cooking Channel 9/1 - 9/30​
194 Destination America 9/1 - 9/30​
165 Great American Country 9/1 - 9/30​
186 Hallmark Drama 9/1 - 9/30​
396 Outdoor Channel 8/27 - 9/30​
395 Sportsman Channel 8/27 - 9/30​
394 World Fishing Network 8/27 - 9/30​
658 BBC Arabic 8/12 - 9/16​
135 BBC America 7/20 - 10/12​

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.​

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​
9605 Flex Pack​
9606 Channel Packs​

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: Free Previews Discussion Thread - September 2020
Thank you!
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Your Happy Guru
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Jun 14, 2014
North Central Ohio
I have not confirmed this (since I am not actually receiving anything on the channel at the moment) so treat this as a rumor. There is a free preview of the new Gallery app (spin-off of the Dish Scapes channel) on channel 198, for the rest of the month of September. (Requires a receiver with the Hopper interface.)

Update: Dish just added a channel 198 for the Gallery app in the guide. The guide info on the right side of the screen says:
"New! Enjoy the Free Preview all September. Gallery by Dish Scapes has a variety of nature scenes, fine art & original DISH scapes. Regularly $5/month."


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Your Happy Guru
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Jun 14, 2014
North Central Ohio
New free previews started today:
170 Nickelodeon​
196 Travel Channel​
110 Food Network​
192 Investigation Discovery​
169 Nick Jr.​
No dates have been announced for these previews yet.
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Your Happy Guru
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North Central Ohio
Rumor alert, since all listed previews and dates below are from channel 103 SD, and I do not consider them "official" until they show up on the mydish free previews page.

111 DIY - extended yet again through 10/31​
186 Hallmark Drama - extended until 11/3​
110 Food Network - ends 10/31​
169 Nick Jr. - ends 10/31​
170 Nickelodeon - ends 10/31​
192 ID - ends 10/31​
196 Travel Channel - ends 10/31​
152 MLB Network through 10/17 - This preview has not started yet.​
Through 10/5:
Epix - channels 292 and 380 through 382 - This preview has not started yet.​
Showtime (also The Movie Channel and Flix) - channels 318 through 324, 327 through 330, and 333 - Also not started yet.​

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