December Free Previews on DISH: Hallmark, AMC+, and More

‘Tis the season of giving, and this December, DISH is giving you the gift of almost a dozen channels in Free Preview.

‘Tis the season of giving, and this December, DISH is giving you the gift of almost a dozen channels in Free Preview. Whether you’re in the mood for the cozy warmth of a Hallmark Christmas Movie, need some uplifting family programming courtesy of UP Faith & Family, or want to binge-watch the best movies and shows on HBO and Cinemax over the holiday break, DISH has a sampler platter of free previews to snack on all month long.

Check out this month’s free previews below; to add any of these channels to your DISH package, log into and click on “Upgrades.”

Food Network

When: Dec. 1-30
Where: Channel 110
What to Watch: With a variety of holiday-themed shows and specials, Food Network is cooking up Christmas magic this December. From new seasons of Holiday Baking Championship and Holiday Wars to holiday editions of favorites like The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Buddy vs. Duff, Food Network is stuffed like a Christmas turkey with holiday fun and inspiration.

Hallmark Drama

When: Dec. 1-31
Where: Channel 186
What to Watch: Nothing says Christmas like a Hallmark movie, and Hallmark Drama has plenty of new titles and familiar favorites to watch live and On Demand this December. In addition to fresh Countdown to Christmas titles like Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday, A Very Merry Bridesmaid, and Eight Gifts of Hanukkah, Hallmark Drama is home to classic series like Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

Discovery Family

When: Dec. 1-30
Where: Channel 179
What to Watch: Discovery Family features a mix of original shows like My Little Pony: Pony Life and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy with licensed titles like Cake Boss and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

UP Faith & Family

When: Dec. 6-12
Where: Channel 296
What to Watch: UP Faith & Family specializes in “faith affirming and family-friendly entertainment.” In addition to their original reality hit Bringing Up Bates, UPtv is the exclusive home to Heartland, Canada’s longest-running scripted hour-long drama. Catch up on demand and watch the Season 15 finale on December 19.


When: Dec. 10-17
Where: Channel 285
What to Watch: DOGTV isn’t just a channel about dogs, it’s a channel for dogs. Based on research from more than sixty scientific studies, DOGTV programming is segmented into three categories: Stimulation, relaxation, and exposure. Specifically designed to alleviate stress and anxiety throughout the day, DOGTV is a great resource for your four-legged friend, whether you’re heading back into the office or are still working from home.


When: Dec. 13-19
Where: Channel 294
What to Watch: A clearinghouse for all the best programming from the AMC family of networks, AMC+ has prestige dramas like Mad Men and Halt and Catch Fire, horror hits like The Walking Dead and Creepshow, and exclusive premieres like Silent Night and Anne Boleyn. You can also binge shows like Killing Eve and Better Call Saul before their final seasons begin in 2022.

Hallmark Movies Now

When: Dec. Dec. 20-26
Where: Channel 296
What to Watch: You already know about Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas favorites, but in spite of its title, Hallmark Movies Now also has a host of TV shows on demand, including Hallmark favorites like Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, Chesapeake Shores, and more. You can also catch Hallmark Hall of Fame movies like The Beach House, The Christmas Train, Away & Back and dozens of others.


When: Dec. 27-31
Where: Channels 310-315
What to Watch: Cap your holiday break with a free preview of HBO from Dec. 27 through New Year’s Eve. Home to countless series that have redefined the television landscape, HBO also has hundreds of movies you can watch commercial-free any time. For a full list of all the new shows, movies, and documentaries premiering this December on HBO and HBO Max (which is included with all HBO subscriptions), click here.


When: Dec. 27-31
Where: Channels 307-309
What to Watch: Finally, finish off your month of free previews by catching a movie (or 10) on Cinemax. Whether you’re in the mood for ‘90s classics like Misery, 12 Monkeys, or Swingers, or are looking for more recent fare like The Invisible Man, The High Note, or Emma, Cinemax more than lives up to its name.