It’s always heartwarming to see gestures of love and appreciation to both veterans and active military in any part of the world. Here in the U.S., the love for our men and women serving their country, especially overseas, is a trait just about everybody shares. This means it certainly isn’t a bad PR move on Amazon’s part to announce that they’ll be teaming up with the American Forces Network to bring their Amazon Prime Instant Video service to more of our servicemen and women fighting outside of American soil. The service is available on a decent number of bases in Kuwait, Japan, Turkey and Afghanistan, but Amazon is planning a wide release, with a bit of help.
The American Forces Network, who operates radio and TV networks in military bases all over the world, will be picking up some of Amazon’s original programming for broadcast on their station. They operate in a large number of bases and 140 United States ships currently out to sea. Additionally, anywhere a soldier or family member living on the base has access to a compatible device and an internet connection, they can use the service the same way it would be used at home, including Instant Video functions. A list of bases and ships that have Amazon’s service unblocked and pending availability on AFN is available to service members, but iswill subject to change and will be expanding steadily throughout 2016.
Starting on January 11, AFN will start broadcasting Amazon’s Transparent, Alpha House, Bosch and The Man in the High Castle, among others yet to be named. The next set of bases to have the service set up and Amazon Prime Instant Video unblocked hasn’t been released yet, but Amazon has assured interested parties that they will continue to roll out and unblock more bases throughout the year. More original series and contract content may also hit AFN as time goes on, but there is no word on when this will happen or what series and movies will be coming to AFN just yet. As the rollout continues in the wake of controversy and terrorism, we can rest assured our loved ones overseas will have Amazon’s help in staving off boredom.