DIRECTV this week will hold a free preview of eight High-Definition channels, including several movie networks.

The preview, which will begin Thursday, October 5, will run until Wednesday, October 11.

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, and Smithsonian HD (Pictured above: The Silence of the Lambs, which will air this week on HDNet Movies.)

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