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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Two weeks into being without cable television services after Americable’s contract expired, Yokota Air Base residents are starting to figure out what they can do until May, when new contractor Allied Telesis is to start offering cable again.

“I’ve been going out and about a lot more,” said Master Sgt. Eric Brown from Life Skills, part of the 374th Medical Group.

Although he still channel surfs the eight channels of the American Forces Network every now and then, Brown said, his life is better without so much television. Now, he said, “I’m going to the gym a lot more.”

Tara Mitchell said she wishes more than AFN and movie rentals were available in her home. She said AFN doesn’t seem to offer as many programs for her two small children as Americable did.

DVD rentals and AFN are also the route chosen by Special Agent Paul Ainley of the Office of Special Investigations. “I don’t mind watching AFN,” he said. “But I liked the choices that cable gave.”

Of greater importance to him than what’s on TV this weekend, Ainley said, is the status of the Allied Telesis contract.

“All they have is that one little booth” in the Yokota Community Center, he said, adding that he wanted to know more about what progress is being made in bringing cable back to the base.

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