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The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is reducing the monthly rental price of its satellite decoders from $25 to $13, beginning Dec. 1, AAFES officials said in a news release Monday.

Customers entering into a new rental agreement or who have a payment due after Nov. 30, will be charged the new $13 rate.

A satellite decoder and a satellite dish are needed to receive American Forces Network “Direct-to-Home” television in off-base homes. AAFES was able to lower its lease price because the cost it pays for the decoders was reduced, the release said. The former $25 lease price was based on the cost AAFES pays for the decoders and the expected life of the equipment.

Active-duty military members and Defense Department civilians living off-base in mainland Japan and Okinawa can check out both a satellite dish and decoder for free through their base furnishing management or housing office.

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