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DirecTV Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, Sports Pack

Free Preview Begins: December 16, 2011 (Friday)
Free Preview Ends: December 19, 2011 (Monday)

Updated 12/15/11 – Not sure if DirecTV is going to be offering this free preview. I’m doubtful at this point so we’ll consider it a happy surprise if it happens.

Wow, this is a huge free preview for those of you who have DirecTV!

DirecTV is offering a free preview of their Premier package December 16-19. This is free preview includes 265 channels – this means free HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Sports Pack channels.

Thanks Jonas for letting me know about this free preview! Do you know about an upcoming free preview? Let me know about it!

Channel Lineup:

501 – HBO (East)
502 – HBO2 (East)
503 – HBO Signature
504 – HBO (West)
505 – HBO2 (West)
507 – HBO Family (East)
508 – HBO Family (West)
509 – HBO HDTV
512 – Cinemax (East)
513 – MoreMAX
514 – Cinemax (West)
519 – Starz Comedy
520 – Starz (East)
521 – Starz (West)
522 – Starz Edge
523 – Starz In Black
526 – Starz – Encore (East)
527 – Starz – Encore (West)
528 – Starz – Encore Love
529 – Starz – Encore Westerns
530 – Starz – Encore Mystery
531 – Starz – Encore Drama
532 – Starz – Encore Action
533 – Starz – Encore Wam
537 – SHOWTIME (East)
539 – SHOWTIME Showcase
540 – SHOWTIME (West)
542 – SHOWTIME Extreme
544 – The Movie Channel (East)
545 – The Movie Channel (West)
547 – FLIX
549 – Sundance Channel
601 – NBA TV
602 – TVG – The Interactive Horseracing Network
606 – The Outdoor Channel
609 – ESPNU
610 – CBS College Sports Television
612 – FUEL TV
613 – Fox Soccer Channel
614 – GolTV
621 – Madison Square Garden (MSG)
622 – YES Network
623 – New England Sports Network
625 – SportsNet New York
626 – MASN
629 – Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic)
631 – SportSouth
632 – Sun Sports
637 – FSN OHIO
640 – Comcast SportsNet (Chicago)
644 – Altitude Sports & Entertainment
652 – FSN WEST
656 – Comcast SportsNet (West)
657 – SportsTime Ohio



  1. This Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime will be on All Cable Providers that includes Dish Network, & Verizon FiOS 2.

  2. Will Comcast have the free preview?

  3. HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime will be on Cox in Las Vegas on December 16-19. That includes Any Cable Providers.

  4. Does anyone know if the Directv free preview will also contain Video on Demand VOD????

  5. The Free Preview will be on this Friday with HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime on Cox Las Vegas.

  6. In my experience, the free previews have not included VOD in the past.

  7. This Free Preview Rocks on Cox Las Vegas that includes HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime, & iNDEMAND PPV on December 16-19, & Includes Sport Premiums.

  8. I have not seen anything from DirecTV about this free preview. Usually this gets listed in their monthly emails and I get a message on my receiver.

  9. This Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime will be on Cox this Friday.

  10. Wow! This is definitely a huge free preview!

  11. Sounds like this is incorrectly marked as a DirecTV preview.

  12. Where is this info DirecTV is doing this. They usualy advertise all their previews on there website or through the mail or on the reciever’s TV Mail. They havent said anything about this just about game lounge on the 23rd and 24th.

  13. Not so sure, Jonas Martin’s statements about free previews do not always hold water. Anyone who subscribes to Cox should post here about whether you’ve found out about a free preview for this weekend to back up his claim. Cable operators usually never run free previews of all premium channels at once, just only one or two (if more than one premium channel is run in free preview at once, it is usually those that are owned by the same company).

  14. HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime will be avalible on Cox Las Vegas on Dec. 16-19.

  15. I haven’t seen anything about Directv having this free preview. Is this for real?

  16. I can’t find anything about this on DirecTV’s website. Admin, a
    re you sure this is correct?

  17. Hey everyone – I got this information from a reader tip. 99.9% of the time the reader tips turn out to be accurate. I do rely on reader tips often because as we know, the providers aren’t great about giving us this information. I personally have Dish so I do not get the mailers for DirecTV or the other providers. Since all of you haven’t seen any official word on this I’m guessing that this free preview isn’t going to happen. DirecTV has offered this free preview in the past but it’s usually in the summer when it happens. Sorry for the possibly false information, sometimes I do get it wrong.

  18. This Free Preview will begin Tomorrow on Cox Las Vegas, & DirecTV for HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime.

  19. I haven’t received any “TV Mail” from DTV regarding the free preview either. Looks like it won’t happen for DTV customers, but as the Admin mentioned, it will be a happy surprise if we do get it.

  20. Gotta believe Jonas is full of it….this type of information only adds to the incredibility of this website and email alerts. Any information, be them tips or otherwise should be checked out by the admins BEFORE they are published. If not, then do away with the service!!!!! Sounds like it’s only a COX thing if it shows up there. I’m a Direct TV customer and agree with the others, no information has come from them of this preview. They do have one in their newsletter for January.

  21. Does Jonas Martin work for Cox or I noticed that when you click on his name, it directs you to I can also confirm mike’s info that Directv has Showtime free on Jan 6-8 and ESPN Full Court Jan 7-13 (from newsletter).

  22. Yep, This Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime on Cox Las Vegas will be the same date is DirecTV

  23. Mike & David – Thanks for those dates guys, I did know about the Showtime one but the ESPN one is new to me.

    David – Jonas does not work for FreePreview.TV and I’m under no impression he works for Cox either.

  24. A question for everyone though – would you like to know about the free previews closer to when they happen or way in advance? I often will find out about some months out and sit on it until start time gets closer but if everyone prefers I can post them right away.

  25. There will be free preview to NBA Leauge Pass December 26, 2011 to January 8, 2012! To all Providers that Cary NBA Leauge Pass.

  26. If you learn about a preview months in advance, I’d be interested to know, but then you might need to repeat the post closer to the event.

  27. I’m also ok with rumors being posted. I’d rather see a false rumor than miss a true preview.

  28. 3am here on the West Coast (when free previews usually start with DirecTV) and none of the movie channels are showing anything.

  29. It’s 7:30am Eastern, and none of the channels listed for the FreeView are showing anything other than the message that you are not subscribed to that channel.

  30. Zip

    To some, a bad joke. Maybe it was an old listing being recycled. I do pass oon the link, rather than just the rumor.

  31. This Free Preview has been Cancelled.

  32. The Free Preview of Premier Package will be September 28-October 1.

  33. I would say let us know when you know about a free preview. And then maybe remind us like 48 hours before it starts.

    As for rumors not coming true, i would rather hear rumors, but i wouldnt mind people saying their sources as to where they found out about the preview.

    Love the site, keep it up!


  34. I agree that you should let us know about free previews, but then remind us a week in advance so we can set our DVRs.

    You might also want to update the home page to let everyone know that this preview was cancelled.

    This is a great site. Thanks for what you do.

  35. This Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime will be here in 1 Hr on Cox Las Vegas December 16 @ 9:00:00 A.M. to December 21 @ 8:59:59 A.M. Call Cox Today @ 1 702 383 4000 to Order in Las Vegas, NV.
    Channels 200 to 343

  36. See this Free Preview Tomorrow @ 3 A.M. PT on COX Las Vegas, & DirecTV.

  37. Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime will be on Cox in Las Vegas on Dec. 17-21

  38. Dear Jonas Martin, please site your source(s) regarding Directv. Thank you.

  39. Thanks for the input everyone. I’ll start posting them as soon as I get them and get reminders out a few days before. I’ll also get better about adding the Google Calendar buttons to the posts.

    I posted a few more free previews today and I’m trying to confirm one for AT&T over Christmas weekend – any AT&T subscribers out there have info on that?

  40. As of noon we still didn’t have any of these channels available for the free preview. Will check again when I get home this evening.

    Also, aside from HBO none of the channel numbers on this list are the correct number for the associate channel. My DirecTV guide has them on different channels.

  41. directv is not having previews i checked and no go.

  42. No preview for Diret TV. I just checked and have nothing.

  43. I really think Jonas Martin must work for Cox because of his posting telling us the phone number to order the package.

    A personal note to Mr. Martin: Please keep your miss-information to yourself. You don’t seem to know what you are doing and it is not appreciated, at least by me.

    Admin: Rumors are fine, but Mr. Martin seems to be a VERY unreliable source. I don’t think he should be allowed to post his fantasies in the future.

  44. I live in San Antonio, TX. Just called Directv about the 16-20 Dec Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, & Showtime. Not happening. The rep said that she has not received any such info. Directv DOES have a free Showtime channel lineup preview for 2 months. Just had mine activated and have channels 545-558.

  45. AT&T U-verse will be having a free preview of Starz & Encore December 24/25 for shore.

  46. Brandon – How did you find this out? AT&T told me there wasn’t one planned.

  47. Admin over the mall with the UGuide. wow they lied to you. Because I have Comcast and AT&T U-verse, I have the Digital Premier and U450.

  48. They are now showing ads about the Starz and Encore free preview for Dec 24/25 on AT&T U-verse

  49. Thanks Brandon. I wonder why they denied it at first. Geesh.

  50. This Free Preview of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime & Starz will be on 12/22/2012 to 12/26/2012 for everyone.

  51. Will DirecTV EVER had anthor free preview of Sports Pack? I want it sooo Badly!

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