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Verizon, DMA Agree on Streaming Pact for Overseas Service Members

News, sports and entertainment will be delivered through live, linear and on-demand channels.

NEW YORK—Service members and their families stationed overseas will receive news, sports and entertainment content through a multi-year streaming partnership between the Department of Defense, Verizon and the Defense Media Activity.

The mission of the DMA is help deliver information to U.S. forces overseas, as well as to provide the overseas members of the military with American entertainment, news and sports programming. The partnership will have Verizon supporting a streaming delivery platform on the American Forces Network with its Verizon Media Platform.

Built on a large connected delivery network, the Verizon Media Platform will enable DMA to deliver expanded, reduced cost programming. Verizon also claims that this will assist with DMA’s transformation into a digital-based media organization.

“We are pleased to partner with an industry leader like Verizon who is uniquely positioned to enable DMA to transition from an antiquated satellite-based media delivery system to an internet-based ‘IP-streaming platform,’” said Col. Paul R. Haverstick, acting DMA director. “This evolution to IP-streaming will allow the DoD to better provide information to its service members, civilian employees and their families overseas and allows AFN to continue to be a relevant and trusted source for accurate DoD information.”

“It’s Verizon’s distinct honor and privilege to provide service members and their families the next generation of American programming to stay connected, informed and entertained,” said Mike Maiorana, senior vice president, Verizon public sector.