Television Priority B (TPB)
The Television Priority B (TPB), while not
currently in use, is reserved for possible future
Television Library (TL)
The Television Library (TL) contains accountable
library videocassettes shipped periodically to
full-service, land-based outlets and fleet circuit
managers for permanent retention. It is used to
supplement normal programming or to fill emergency
Television Temporary Library (TTL)
The Television Temporary Library (TTL) consists
of accountable library videocassettes provided to meet
special short-term requirements, such as holidays and
anniversaries, or when AFRTS-BC requires that the
materials be returned within one year. Return dates and
instructions appearing on TTL packing lists must be
Television Material (TM)
The Television Material (TM) contains
nonaccountable library materials provided for single or
repeated use and subsequent local disposal. Other usage
conditions may exist and will be explained on the
CUING AFRTS VIDEOCASSETTES
Most AFRTS videocassettes that are longer than 15
minutes contain AFRTS system cues at the end of the
programs. The system cue is contained on a five-second
segment that identifies AFRTS as the program source.
It also alerts the control board operator that he must
make a transition in five seconds.
Videocassettes 15 minutes in length or less do not
contain system cues but are cue-dotted by AFRTS-BC.
Cue-dotting is accomplished by inserting the proper
series of cues electronically during videocassette
editing. The dots are actually small white squares that
appear in the upper right-hand corner of the television
screen. Multiple videocassette programs are cue-dotted
at 10, seven and two seconds from the end of each tape,
except the last tape of the program. This tape will
contain an AFRTS system cue instead of the cue dots.
EDITING AFRTS TELEVISION
AFTRS television program materials are intended
to be used as received. Outlets may not duplicate, edit
or delete any part except in the following circumstances:
To remove host-country sensitivities. (This must
be done on a duplicate (dub) tape and not the
original AFRTS-BC videocassette.)
To air short excerpts for the promotion of
upcoming programs (not to exceed two minutes).
To remove commercials or commercial slugs,
such as Place Commercial Here and Splice
Here. If this happens, board-fade the unwanted
section and cover it with an AFRTS or
locally-produced spot. NOTE: Do not confuse
commercials with sponsor or product mentions
or identification, visual or aural, that are
integrated into openings and closings in a way
that makes their retention necessary for program
To shorten the length of videocassettes specially
designated by AFRTS-BC for future use.
To repair damaged videocassettes.
Make sure you consult Armed Forces Radio and
Television Service (AFRTS) Program Materials, DoD
Directive 5120.20-R, Appendix F, for further details.
Cleanliness is paramount when you handle AFRTS
or any other types of videocassettes. Areas where
television materials are stored or handled should be
clean at all times and, if possible, ventilated with faltered
air so that dust is blown out, rather than drawn in.
AFRTS recommends that smoking, eating and drinking
be prohibited in these areas.
Videocassettes must be kept in their shipping
containers in a secure atmospherically controlled
environment until they are ready for use and then
returned immediately after use. This keeps the tapes
clean and virtually eliminates the possibility of mixing
programs with other videocassette shipments.
In general, the recommended storage conditions for
videocassettes are a relative humidity of 50 to 60 percent
and a temperature of between 60 and 80 degrees.