DIRECTV is now holding a free preview of nine High-Definition channels, including several movie networks.
The preview, which began yesterday, will run until March 1.
The channels in the free preview make up the ‘DIRECTV HD Extra Pack,’ which normally costs $4.99 a month, although the satcaster will sometimes offer them for free for three months if asked.
The Extra Pack channels are: HDNet Movies, Sony Movie Channel, Shorts HD, MGM, Hallmark Movie Channel, Crime & Investigation HD, Palladia HD, Smithsonian HD and Universal HD. (pictured: There Will Be Blood, which plays tonight on HDNet Movies.)
DIRECTV’s occasional free previews — and three month free offers — would suggest the satcaster is having trouble getting subscribers to sign up for the special HD package. While the Extra Pack includes some interesting channels, there is not a standout to lure subscribers on a regular basis.
— Phillip Swann