The American Forces Network, AFN, celebrates its 80th anniversary this year with the launch of its new streaming service, AFN Now, on November 7. The AFN Now app brings top-notch AFN TV programming to military members, families, and retirees living overseas. , when and where they want, on the devices they use every day. The Defense Media Activity (DMA) invites authorized audiences to register immediately for the new video-on-demand and live streaming application.
DMA Director Hal Pittman said, “The successful launch of the AFN Now app in the Pacific in September was AFN’s biggest technology transformation in three decades. Reaching our military audiences on the devices they use every day is key to Defense Media Activity’s approach to better serving our military.
The AFN Now app is free to download and provides audiences with convenient, mobile access to their favorite entertainment, news and sports programs. Prior to launch, the application and registration portal are now open. Everyone is welcome to download the app and register now at https://afn-now.myafn.mil/.
Mike Drumheller, Director of the AFN Broadcast Center, said, “The global release of AFN Now provides the American Forces Network with another robust, forward-thinking media platform to serve the world’s largest audience and enhance their quality of life again.
Karreem Lowe, Head of Television at AFN Broadcast Center in Riverside, Calif., led content licensing efforts and said, “The AFN Now app is designed for easy and convenient access. Our audience can now stream their favorite entertainment, news and sports shows at the times and places that best suit their lifestyle. »
The global launch follows a month of successful testing in the Pacific theater where the AFN Now app received positive feedback from audiences. The new streaming service is the culmination of three years of work with Verizon Media, which built the platform, and AFN’s negotiation efforts with more than 40 major program owners to secure licensing approval. to place their shows on the app.
The app allows AFN audiences to use the service on the devices they use every day, including Apple iPhones, tablets and Apple TVs, Android phones and tablets, and Amazon Fire digital home media platforms. , Roku and smart TVs with app functionality. In future development phases, AFN plans to include Xbox and PlayStation game consoles.
The app is only available to DOD-affiliated members of the public outside of the United States, its territories and possessions. Anyone registering for the service must pass the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) check before the app will work.
AFN Now builds on and continues AFN’s rich heritage. This is its biggest technological leap since the network launched satellite television in 1997. AFN Now advances DMA’s goals of providing audiences around the world with the highest quality American programming and information.
DMA is the parent organization for military-produced media brands, including the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), Defense.gov, Military Service Information Websites and Services, publications like All Hands and Airman magazine and the AFN.