AFN working to fix technical glitches
On this Labor Day weekend, the American Forces Network is laboring to fix some technical glitches that are causing difficulties with three of its channels.
On its Web site, the network has posted the following note: “Due to technical difficulties, the region served by AFN Atlantic will temporarily receive the AFN Spectrum, Family and Movie channels seven hours ahead of what is reflected on the ‘Program Guide.’ There will be no impact on the Pacific service other than on Tuesday while the Defense Media Center switches between signals feeding the Pacific Satellite Uplink. Corrective procedures may result in short outages, as well as possible short periods of video ‘pixelization’ during testing.”
The network recently expanded its programming to include two new channels: AFN-Family and AFN-Movie. The two channels respectively began broadcasting family-oriented programs and movies Friday.
Earlier in the week, an AFN official indicated the new channels could cause some temporary technical problems, though it was said that wasn’t likely. Over the past week, however, the network — radio as well as television — experienced some reception problems, which were later attributed to bad weather over the East Coast of the United States.
Stars and Stripes has been working with AFN officials to incorporate the new channels’ listings into the paper’s daily program guide. But problems with the listings themselves, as they are received, have yet to be resolved, though the paper and network expect to sort matters out earlier next week.