The addition of Shorts HD has been expected for several days. During the past week, Shorts HD has been added to DIRECTV’s channel 568 in several online programming guide, such as Zap2It.com. Sometimes, a TV provider will tip its hand by including a new channel in a programming guide prior to its actual launch.
The DIRECTV Extra Pack now includes nine channels: Shorts HD, Hallmark Movie Channel HD; HDNet Movies; MGM Movies; Sony Movie Channel HD; Crime & Investigation HD; Universal HD; Palladia HD; and Smithsonian HD.
Shorts HD is dedicated to short movies, both live action and animated.