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Military Communities

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USAG Benelux
USAG Grafenwoehr
USAG Heidelberg
USAG Schweinfurt
USAG Stuttgart
USAG Vicenza
USAG Wiesbaden


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Entertainment & Recreation

MWR Europe
AFRC Garmisch

AFN TV Schedule
AFN FM Radio
AFN News Radio

 

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TELEVISION / CABLE / SATELLITE DISHES

AFN Channel Guide // AFN Antenna and Decoder Setup
 

The American Forces Network Europe provides radio and television service to military members, civilians, and family members in the US European Command.  The network, headquartered in Frankfurt, serves US forces in 56 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.  The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, buys the entertainment programs broadcast by the network.  It has an annual budget of $6.8 million for the purchase of all of its programs.  That doesn't sound like much when you consider that it takes 26,000 television episodes to fulfill AFN's requirements for a year, not to mention the music and radio programs and live radio and television sports.  However, the owners of the programs let AFRTS have the programs at cut-rate prices out of consideration for the audience.

AFRTS sends the radio and television programs to Europe via satellite.  Satellite decoders interpret these incoming signals and bring them into individual apartments off-post and cable systems supplying services on-post.  With an on-post cable subscription or an off-post satellite decoder, the following AFN channels are available:


AFN Prime Atlantic is the prime entertainment channel in Europe and features a mix of the top rated shows from all the major US networks.  Daily US European Command information is provided here as well to keep you informed.

AFN Prime Pacific feature the same type of programming as AFN Europe, time shifted eight hours earlier to fit the Pacific time zones, minus the EUCOM news and command information.

AFN Prime Freedom feature the same type of programming as AFN Europe, time shifted two hours earlier to fit the Middle Eastern time zones, minus the EUCOM news and command information.

AFN News keeps you updated with the latest news and information from around the world.  AFN News draws its news programs from the main network news programs, as well as from CNN and Fox News.

Pentagon News Channel is run by military uniformed newscasters for Pentagon personnel and military personnel overseas.  This channel features military news and informercials.

AFN Sports brings all the major sporting events to your living room.

AFN Spectrum features the most popular current programs in the United States, to include sit-coms, reality tv shows, and drama television series.  Spectrum broadcasts its programs twice in a 24 hour time period, to allow service members around the globe to watch Spectrum's shows at a convenient hour.

AFN Family features family-oriented programming to include shows, cartoons, and movies.

AFN Extra features pop culture shows for

A youth-oriented channel, with shows from Comedy Central, MTV, and more.

AFN Movie features movies and film programs.

AFN Television Guide is an on-screen service which gives views are preview of the next 90 minutes of viewing on all the AFN services.  You can also view our extended AFN Channel Guide.

Additional channels: Cable subscribers on post will get additional channels such as MTV, CNN, EuroSports, BBC, Sky1, and local German channels. 


OFF POST TELEVISION
For those living off-post, AFRTS is available with a satellite dish and a decoder.  The system can be leased or purchased through your local Powerzone.  The satellite dish and decoder only receive the AFN channels, not the British or International channels available to on-post cable customer.  For more information on the AFN satellite dish and decoder system, as well as setup and troubleshooting instructions, visit our
AFN Antenna and Decoder Setup page.

European satellite hardware and service can be obtained through off-post electronics retailers.  However, because European television is broadcast in the PAL format and American television in the NTSC format, the standard American television will not be able to receive the European satellite signal.  Therefore, a multi-system (PAL/NTSC) or PAL television is required.  Multi-system TVs can be purchased at the Powerzone, but typically cost significantly more than a regular television.

Prior to installing any type of antenna or satellite dish, on-post residents must obtain approval from the Facilities Branch of the Housing Office.  The request must be in writing and include the building number, type of antenna, desired use of antenna and installation method.  All installations are subject to inspection and approval by the Facilities Branch.  Installation, maintenance and removal, including property restoration, will be at the resident's expense.  Off-post residents must obtain approval for antenna or satellite installation from their landlords.

DAMAGED SHIPMENT?

SEE OUR GUIDE TO CLAIMS FOR LOSS/DAMAGE TO HOUSEHOLD GOODS/BAGGAGE

Castles

Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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