Off-base AFN viewers to get local productions
January 29, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — In a matter of weeks, American Forces Network’s satellite viewers could be sitting through “Wolf Bites”, “Daegu Dailies” and “Battlefield Bullets” just like their cable-watching counterparts.
When the Titan system goes online in mid-February, AFN will be able to broadcast locally-produced command information commercials on six satellite channels.
For the most part, AFN Direct-to-Home satellite viewers can’t see local command information messages, and off-post cable viewers can see it on only one channel — AFN Prime Pacific — said AFN Korea commander Lt. Col. Mike Lawhorn.
The only exception, Lawhorn said, is that AFN in Seoul has a limited ability to add command information to the AFN Sports channel.
“It’s like long distance,” he said. “For years you had to use one company because long-distance calls had to travel on wires. But satellites technology changed that.”
He said by using Titan, AFN personnel will be able to send command information commercials via satellite to the Defense Media Center at March Air Reserve Base in California, where the DTH broadcast originates.
There, Lawhorn said, commercials will be inserted into the programming before it is broadcasted back to Korea.
Once Titan is up and running, commercials will be sent from circuits in Daegu and Seoul.
Lawhorn said no matter where the commercials are sent from, or who sends them, viewers will be able to see all of the AFN command information coming from South Korea.
“No matter where you are, you’ll be able to see the Battlefield Bullet, from [2nd Infantry Division] or the Daegu Daily or the Osan Round-up,” Lawhorn said.