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ZeroZapp

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« on: 08-13-2006 03:07 »

Who ever has AFN, those of us in the military, have seen the commercial about the decoder box, and im sure that you have noticed that Billy West is the Voice for the remote.  Have you noticed that one of the "codes" in background is one of the Alien Languages?
Invader Jenny

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« Reply #1 on: 08-13-2006 11:42 »

AFN?!  Holy crap do I miss that station!  I used to know it back when it was called FEN (Far East Network) back in the day when living on Okinawa.

Ohhh...to have AFN again.  Man, I miss those "commercials."  I learned so much from the damn things.  Now I really wish I could see this.  Which language is it?  The easy one or the hard one?
soylentOrange

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« Reply #2 on: 08-13-2006 22:15 »

ah yes, good old Okinawa.  Nothing but typhoons and spiders that built webs between telephone poles.  I don't think I've seen AFN since then either.  That would have been awesome to see one of the futurama alien languages on one of their commercials though  smile
Invader Jenny

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« Reply #3 on: 08-13-2006 22:35 »
« Last Edit on: 08-13-2006 22:35 »

I sure do miss a lot of things about Okinawa, but what I really want again is curry from the food place, CoCo's.  Man was that some good eats.

I do remember a commercial about situational safety (like know your surroundings, know your location, don't go down dark alley ways), and they were doing it in the theme of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Normally the commercials were pretty lame, but I thought that they did a good job with that one.  I remember laughing.
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #4 on: 08-14-2006 10:59 »

cool. i have no idea what AFN is, but what you say sounds interesting
Xanfor

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« Reply #5 on: 08-14-2006 11:58 »
« Last Edit on: 08-24-2006 00:00 »

AmericanForces Network (AFN) is the operational arm of the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), an agency of the American Forces Information Service (AFIS), and is under the operational control of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (OASD-PA).

This broadcasting service employs primarily military broadcasters, but there are some civilians employed as engineers or operations personnel. Service personnel hold a broadcasting occupational specialties for their military branch. All of AFN's military personnel receive primary and follow-on training at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. Some of AFN's broadcasters have previous commercial broadcasting experience prior to enlisting in the military. The broadcasters operate state-of-the-art audio and visual editing equipment and receive training from professionals in the broadcast industry.

The American Forces Network can trace its origins back to 1942, when the War Department established the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS). A television service was first introduced in 1954 with a pilot station at Limestone AFB, Maine and AFRS became the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS). All of the Armed Forces broadcasting affiliates worldwide merged under the AFN banner on January 1, 1998.

While the audience tunes-in to AFN to watch their favorite shows or listen to the latest Stateside hits, entertainment is the "candy coating" used to attract the military viewer/listener; as AFN's primary mission is to provide access for local command information (CI) programs. Spots run in the place of commercials in breaks run the gamut from reminding servicememebers to register to vote, promotions of local command-sponsored recreation events, off-duty educational programs, health and wellness tips, and what's playing at local base movie theaters.

AFN inserts public service announcements, educational featurettes (as in presenting an American state capital), and localized messages from senior leadership in place of normal commercials. Many service members welcome this approach, while others find it troublesome, especially during the airing of the Super Bowl.

The network is allowed to broadcast commercial movie promotion trailers provided by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and the Navy Motion Picture Service (NMPS) to promote the latest film releases in base theaters worldwide. They are the only true "commercials" authorized for broadcast.


There are 8 TV streams that are produced by AFN. All of them can be picked up via satellite by military audiences. These streams are:

AFN Prime. Formerly AFN Atlantic and AFN Pacific. The standard AFN feed airs current sitcoms, dramas, syndicated "judge" shows, talk shows, game shows, and reality shows popular in the United States, with a time delay from 24 hours to a week behind the United States airdates. In addition, popular US soap operas such as Guiding Light, General Hospital and Passions are aired by AFN on a one-week tape delay. This stream is divided into two feeds (AFN Prime Atlantic and AFN Prime Pacific); the difference between the two is that they are both time-shifted so that programs air later on AFN Prime Pacific then they are on AFN Prime Atlantic. Many regional feeds (such as AFN-Europe, AFN-Iraq, and AFN-Korea) are based off of AFN Prime and add local programming to it; thus, in a way, AFN Prime mimics the regular network TV concept.

AFN Spectrum. AFN Spectrum is more of a culture-oriented channel and also airs a lot of public television programming in addition to programming from cable networks and classic TV series. In a way, it mimics the "superstation" concept from cablecasters Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and WGN-Chicago.

AFN Xtra. A youth-oriented channel

AFN News. AFN News is a rolling-news channel providing news from all major news outlets, including military ones. Newscasts, such as the NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, and CBS Evening News, were all scheduled to air in the mornings so viewers could watch the headlines live, but now they air on a tape delay in the regular early evening slot, back to back. In addition, AFN News also airs current affairs programming.

AFN Family. AFN Family is a general family-entertainment channel providing programming for children aged 2-17.

AFN Movie. AFN Movie is a channel showcasing movies as well as film-oriented programming.

AFN Sports. AFN Sports is a rolling-sports channel, providing sports news and programming, including ESPN's SportsCenter.

Pentagon Channel. This is the only AFN channel that is available in the USA to the general public. It airs military news and information programming 24 hours a day.


AFN also offers several channels of radio as well. But that's a whole other story.         wink


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KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #6 on: 08-14-2006 12:33 »

oooh. long. i didnt really read it though, as it was very long and used too many big words in tough sentences for me to really 'get.'  confused
Not that i'd be getting AFN anyways... wink
Invader Jenny

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« Reply #7 on: 08-14-2006 15:39 »

I watched a lot of AFN Spectrum growing up.  A lot.  But I was lucky enough to also get FOX (with a 2 week delay from when it aired in the US, so I was able to see the premier of Futurama when living on Okinawa).
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #8 on: 08-14-2006 16:03 »

hmm. neat.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #9 on: 08-14-2006 18:56 »

 
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Originally posted by ZeroZapp:
Who ever has AFN, those of us in the military, have seen the commercial about the decoder box, and im sure that you have noticed that Billy West is the Voice for the remote.  Have you noticed that one of the "codes" in background is one of the Alien Languages?
No comprende'.

I've heard of AFN, but never had access to it.

Commercial? Decoder box? Huh?
To what commercial do you refer?
Was this commercial produced by AFN, F*x, CC, or who?  confused

If examples of A.L. 3 have been released leaked int the light of day, I'd surely like to know!
Do you have images of, or links to the "codes" you refer to?
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #10 on: 08-14-2006 20:13 »

i dont. i still dont know what the hell AFN really is  no no  big grin
SpaceCase

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« Reply #11 on: 08-14-2006 20:43 »

 
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Originally posted by KitKatBar-Fry:
i dont. i still dont know what the hell AFN really is   no no   big grin
Uhm... I was actually asking axing Zero Zapp about images, links and so on...
Sorry to hear you have no further data either.

As I understand it, AFN is akin to a cable network for US military forces.
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #12 on: 08-14-2006 22:23 »

well, i aint American, and i sure as hell aint in the miitary, so I have nothing more to say in this thread  wink
Nixorbo

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« Reply #13 on: 08-14-2006 23:22 »

Citizens demand framegrabs
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #14 on: 08-15-2006 21:58 »

i dont have any.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #15 on: 08-16-2006 09:07 »

No shit.
ZeroZapp

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« Reply #16 on: 08-17-2006 04:28 »

Wow, thanks for the DETAILED explaination of AFN, Xanfor, i was just thinking that some one else had seen the commercial in question and had the capabilities of this "frame grab" so that it could be verified as the alien language.  Also, Xanfor, are you stuck in The Iraq too?
soylentOrange

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« Reply #17 on: 08-17-2006 14:56 »

*tries to envision Xanfor as a soldier* *brain explodes*

Uhh, I'm thinking Xanfor probably got that explanation from wikipedia or something like that.
David A

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« Reply #18 on: 08-17-2006 15:09 »

Yes, it looks like he just copy & pasted the whole thing directly from Wikipedia, but didn't bother to credit Wikipedia as his source.
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #19 on: 08-17-2006 15:19 »

i knew it sounded too good to be true...
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #20 on: 08-17-2006 19:03 »
« Last Edit on: 08-17-2006 19:03 »

I hope dearly that Xanfor wouldn't do something so...atrocious.

@KitKat: You aren't American? What are you then? I don't mean to pry, but im just curious.    confused
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #21 on: 08-22-2006 10:54 »

Me? I am a proud Canadian! whoo! go beavers and snow, eh! hehe. naw, America's good too.
 
r2k9

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« Reply #22 on: 08-22-2006 16:01 »

damn strait canada and america rock and im an american but i say america should kiss brittans ass we all suck compared to their chocolate lol
tyraniak

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« Reply #23 on: 08-23-2006 13:17 »

@r2k9: Shut up and quit posting

@kitkat: Congrats on your rise to captain
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #24 on: 08-26-2006 09:40 »

@Tyraniak: Thank you very much! You noticed!
@r2k9: Yah, dude. please, quit spewing shit or go away. thanks.
Futurama Llama

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« Reply #25 on: 08-28-2006 23:28 »

I think that the past few ppl who have been joining recently (wolves, others) are the SAME PERSON.

@Kitkat- I LOVE CANADIANS!
KitKatBar-Fry

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« Reply #26 on: 08-29-2006 19:29 »

@ Llama: Hooray! But you Americans rock, too.
Anyways, Is there really any more info I can get on this? It would be neat to see it. smile
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