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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Technical delays will push back the launch of the new phone and Internet service at Yokota Air Base by a few weeks, said Allied Telesis and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials on Monday.

Setting up Allied’s fiber optic network for those services took a little longer than expected, said Larry Salgado, the Yokota AAFES general manager.

Allied will be testing the network across Yokota in February and plans to start its phone and Internet services in March, said Salgado, adding that the goal is to have the entire base hooked up for service by the end of March.

Despite the snags in the phone and Internet service, Salgado said the television services remain on schedule to be hooked up in May.

Allied also wants its television subscribers to know that the company is working hard to add more channels to the current TV lineup. However, said Cortney Grace, the Allied Telesis general manager, whatever channels are added depends on customer feedback.

In the few weeks since Allied opened its doors on Yokota, it has begun negotiations to obtain additional channels based on customer feedback from subscribers when they sign up, Salgado said.

As of right now, the No. 1 channel that customers have requested is Black Entertainment Television (BET), said Salgado, adding that it is one of the many channels that Allied is currently in negotiations to obtain.

Other requested channels include ESPN, CNN, SciFi and the Disney Channel, he said.

Both Grace and Salgado expressed the importance of customers filling out the survey so Allied can better understand what programs and networks Yokota residents want to watch. To make the process easier, the survey will soon be posted on Allied’s Web site, Grace said.

For more information about Allied Telesis’ new services go to www.yokota.atcc- gns.com

Cable service will offer recorders

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The new television service at Yokota Air Base is called Internet Protocol Television, or IPTV, said Allied Telesis general manager Cortney Grace, explaining that IPTV uses a broadband Internet connection to deliver digital television to customers.

One major advantage of having IPTV at Yokota, Grace said, is that customers will now be able to watch live television directly from the United States, with no delay. Yokota’s previous cable provider recorded most of its programming and then broadcasted the shows about a week later.

However, there is one catch to IPTV: Shows airing during prime-time hours in the States (Pacific Standard Time), will appear in the middle of the day at Yokota. AFN programming will still be broadcasted at its usual times.

To help remedy this situation, Allied will soon be offering digital video recorders (DVRs) for a fee yet to be announced. The DVRs will include programming guides so that customers can record their favorite shows and watch them when they want to, Grace said.

Other DVR devices, as well as VCRs will also work with the new system, he said.

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