Most Armed Forces Network channels off the air

October 3, 2013 Updated: October 3, 2013 at 11:22 am
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photo - Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz, center, pitches the ball to running back Cody Getz, front, as Navy defensive end Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick comes in to cover in the fourth quarter of Navy's 28-21 overtime victory in an NCAA college football game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz, center, pitches the ball to running back Cody Getz, front, as Navy defensive end Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick comes in to cover in the fourth quarter of Navy's 28-21 overtime victory in an NCAA college football game at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

Thousands of Fort Carson soldiers deployed from Kuwait to Afghanistan won’t have television to keep them company during the shutdown.

The Armed Forces Network, which beams programs from soap operas to football to chow halls and recreation facilities all over the planet announced that it will only be showing news updates during the shutdown.

“Due to the government shutdown, most AFN channels are off the air except for AFN news,” the Pentagon-run network announced on its website.

The network is a morale builder for the military, especially during football season. Its common to see troops congregated around screens in the middle of the night overseas as they watch the a live game half a world away from home.

The network also broadcasts entertainment and family programming for American bases worldwide, including Europe and Asia, where American programs aren’t available off base.

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