Verizon Media has been tapped by the Department of Defense (DoD) to help deliver streaming content — including news, sports and entertainment — to overseas service members and their families, via live, linear and VOD channels, the company announced.
The multi-year partnership will see Verizon work with DoD’s Defense Media Activity (DMA) arm to provide multimedia products for DoD audiences.
“Verizon is proud to support the DMA’s rollout of a bold digital transformation of the American Forces Network (AFN) brand with a world-class streaming delivery platform,” said Mike Maiorana, SVP of Verizon public sector. “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.”
Verizon Media said the partnership will “propel DMA into the future of digital media streaming content and quickly accelerate their transformation into a digital based media organization with market leading capabilities.” Currently, the Verizon Media Platform powers OTT experiences for Disney/ABC, Fox, Discovery and more.
“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.”
The partnership marks another federal government win for Verizon, which was recently named a Top 100 Government Contractor by “Washington Technology” magazine.