Korea bases to get new cable TV provider in November
DALLAS – This fall, Army and Family MWR will transition management of Cable TV (CATV) services in Korea to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and its business partner, LG U+. This change will significantly reduce direct expense to the military while paving the way for service members to enjoy more program options, digital features and upgraded signal quality.
Delivery of AFN and Command channels will transition to LG U+ effective Nov. 1. That will be followed by the availability of new premium packages as content agreements are finalized.
About the transition:
• AFN service will transition to LG U+ on Nov. 1. Viewers will need to have their TV connected to coax, then do a channel rescan.
• Premium packages will change; they are still being finalized and details will be announced as soon as available. Premium subscribers will need to remove their set top box, connect their TV directly to coax and then do a channel rescan – but not until after Nov. 1. To minimize the inconvenience, the Exchange and LG U+ have teamed to make free and premium Hulu service (programs from NBC, Fox and ABC/Disney) available to LG U+ internet subscribers on base.
• Family and MWR premium subscribers will need to return their set top boxes to the local CATV office and close their account on or about Nov. 1.
Effective with the transfer, LG U+ will assume responsibility for maintaining the coax and network equipment required for residential telecom services. Command has authorized a $5/month fee for LG U+ Internet customers to cover these costs, also effective Nov. 1.
LG U+, which already serves the U.S. military community through Exchange contracts for high-speed internet and mobile communications, will invest in technical infrastructure upgrades that will pave the way for future digital features.