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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — American Forces Network’s high-definition sports channel will make its debut Monday in base housing across most of Germany.

The channel — the first and only channel in AFN’s lineup to go HD — will be distributed through TKS’ digiCABLE service at all but a handful of American installations in Germany.

Those who don’t subscribe to the service will continue to receive free standard-definition AFN programming, according to TKS.

The channel is already available worldwide to users who get AFN directly by satellite and have an HD decoder. But AFN and the cable companies that provide on-base cable services have been working out the details of how to deliver the HD channel through on-base cable. Viewing the channel requires an HD-capable set-top box, which isn’t included in on-base housing.

While cable companies can’t charge to provide AFN programming, they can charge nominal fees for the set-top boxes, AFN spokesman Larry Sichter said in an email.

TKS’ basic cable service starts at 19.95 euros per month and includes more than a dozen news and entertainment channels along with AFN’s HD sports channel and standard-definition line-up.

TKS is the first provider in Europe to offer the channel, Sichter said. Some cable providers in the Pacific began offering the channel through their services last year.

Subscribers to TKS’ digiCABLE service will have to run a new channel scan to add AFN’s HD sports to their channel lineup, according to a TKS news release.

millham.matthew@stripes.com


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