Soldiers are generally used to making sacrifices for their country, but in our opinion one has to draw the line somewhere. The American Forces Network delivers programming to military personnel all over the world, and unfortunately does not plan to convert its satellite broadcast to high definition until 2013 at the earliest for Pacific regions, and 2014 for Europe. At that point all broadcasts are expected to switch to HD, but until then soldiers will have to put up with the same often highly compressed video now available
. More details are expected about the plan in the next 18-24 months, but for now the network is advising personnel to skip picking up that new TV since there's not much to watch on it yet. Perhaps if we found a military application
for 1080i we could things sped up a bit - at the least, we think it'd improve morale.