DIRECTV is now holding a free preview of nine High-Definition channels, including several movie networks.

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The preview, which began today, will run until Sunday, May 7 and will also be available on AT&T’s U-verse TV service.

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.

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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 above: The Lady From Shanghai, which will air several times this week on the Sony Movie Channel.)

— Phillip Swann