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.