Mistertmac asked this question 5 years, 2 months ago:

AFN Decoder

Okay, the new AFN decoders in the PX are almost $400.
Ive been offered an AFN Powervu D9234 for a pretty good price. After using Google, I see that AFN planned to go to an all digital signal last year but apparently did not, because this decoder is still working. The article said if you didn't have the newest decoder model, you would not get service when the switch happens.

1. Is there any truth to an upcoming all digital switch for AFN?
2. Can I use this decoder off base with a satellite dish on the rented house?

Noob in Germany!



5 years, 2 months ago

I think your best bet would be to call AFN to ask them. If they can't get their act together enough to make the digital swap when they say they will, I don't think that anyone here will be able to give you any better of an answer.

It would stink to get a receiver that didn't work after the switch.

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5 years, 2 months ago

Quote by Mistertmac:
Okay, the new AFN decoders in the PX are almost $400.
Ive been offered an AFN Powervu D9234 for a pretty good price. After using Google, I see that AFN planned to go to an all digital signal last year but apparently did not, because this decoder is still working. The article said if you didn't have the newest decoder model, you would not get service when the switch happens.

1. Is there any truth to an upcoming all digital switch for AFN?
2. Can I use this decoder off base with a satellite dish on the rented house?

Noob in Germany!


It's a matter of time until the switch. The decoder is for use off post with a dish as AFN is sent on post by cable tv. So it's the only way to get AFN if you don't live on post. I would not buy the old decoder....there are used digital ones for sale on RYS and you can also lease them from the Exchange.

If you rent, just make sure your dish is pointed at the HOTBIRD sat. There are apps to help you.

5 years, 2 months ago

All AFN receivers are digital. The Cisco 9865 supports HD whereas the other models do not. The upgrade that's supposedly coming is the switch to HD - Unless something has changed recently, AFN Sports is the only HD channel available. I've heard a variety of reasons for delays in going all-HD..funding issues, lack of available sat bandwidth etc...There are also rumors that AFN might abandon the sat upgrade effort and go with a streaming internet service.

Last but not least, AFN went dark on Hotbird about 4 and a half years ago. It's now on Eutelsat 9A (9 degrees East longitude. Hotbird is at 13E).

If it were me, I'd go with a used decoder and not buy new.

5 years, 2 months ago

Okay, thanks for the input. I called AFN Tech line and he said that they aren't switching to ALL DIGITAL for another 2-3 years. So the older boxes will continue to work.
I will probably buy this used old box (for $20) and use it in my kids playroom.
I did not know that you could rent them, I'll look into it. Apparently the going rate for a used newer HD AFN Box is $200-250 after looking into the RYS/Bookoo. I guess that's better than paying almost $400 for a new one...

5 years, 2 months ago

Quote by Betze4Ever:
All AFN receivers are digital. The Cisco 9865 supports HD whereas the other models do not. The upgrade that's supposedly coming is the switch to HD - Unless something has changed recently, AFN Sports is the only HD channel available. I've heard a variety of reasons for delays in going all-HD..funding issues, lack of available sat bandwidth etc...There are also rumors that AFN might abandon the sat upgrade effort and go with a streaming internet service.

Last but not least, AFN went dark on Hotbird about 4 and a half years ago. It's now on Eutelsat 9A (9 degrees East longitude. Hotbird is at 13E).

If it were me, I'd go with a used decoder and not buy new.


Shows you how long it's been since I cared about AFN. Btw - it's Eurobird 9A according to afn's website.

5 years, 2 months ago

Renting the new box is just plain crazy.. they want $18 a month! Thats $216 a year.. hell, just buy one for $350 or whatever the price was...

5 years, 2 months ago

After serious thought, I will just buy older boxes for $20-30 and use them.. as even with the digital box, there is only ONE HD channel, which is definitely NOT worth the $369 they are charging..

4 years, 9 months ago

Has anyone heard of the Matricom G-Box? They sell it on Amazon (2009 reviews with 4 star rating) for $88 and it's supposed to be able to stream all channels and even pay per view as long as you have the internet service? This guy I met was telling me about it, and he purchased two of them and is on its way. Supposedly used it before with great success, but I wanted to run it by you folks to see if you are familiar with such?

4 years, 9 months ago

Quote by pacmon:
Has anyone heard of the Matricom G-Box? They sell it on Amazon (2009 reviews with 4 star rating) for $88 and it's supposed to be able to stream all channels and even pay per view as long as you have the internet service? This guy I met was telling me about it, and he purchased two of them and is on its way. Supposedly used it before with great success, but I wanted to run it by you folks to see if you are familiar with such?


I use the G-Box. You don't want the $88 one, though. Get the $109 Quad Core box. It works great.

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4 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for that confirmation JOFTAA~! I assume it will get AFN on it as well?

4 years, 9 months ago

Quote by pacmon:
Thank you for that confirmation JOFTAA~! I assume it will get AFN on it as well?


Not that I know of.

4 years, 9 months ago

Quote by pacmon:
Thank you for that confirmation JOFTAA~! I assume it will get AFN on it as well?


AFN is encrypted.....so I'd guess no. My German sat sees afn, but I still would need the decoder.

4 years, 9 months ago

I assume it will get AFN on it as well?


it would if someone could write a stream for it ...


AFN, like everyone else, gets their content, from somewhere else ...


4 years, 9 months ago

Quote by xtraloud:
it would if someone could write a stream for it ...


AFN, like everyone else, gets their content, from somewhere else ...




True. But, why would anyone care to get AFN? All AFN is, is a way to watch U.S. television shows. The G-Box does that, so there is no real use for AFN. That is unless you are jonesing for some really bad AFN public service announcements.

4 years, 9 months ago

Quote by JOFTAA:
True. But, why would anyone care to get AFN? All AFN is, is a way to watch U.S. television shows. The G-Box does that, so there is no real use for AFN. That is unless you are jonesing for some really bad AFN public service announcements.


The real reason for AFN, since you said there's no real use, is that it's a tool for command communication. That's the purpose. The TV shows and movies are fluff. It's like flight attendants, the real reason they are there is for safety. The service they provide is secondary.

Even with that “official” statement, yes AFN TV has run its course in my opnion.

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